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Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  16 February 1996 (USA)
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Ratings: 7.0/10 from 145,675 users   Metascore: 31/100
Reviews: 279 user | 74 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
IRS Agent
Bob Barker
Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino ...
Verne Lundquist ...
Jared Van Snellenberg ...
Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Ken Camroux ...


A Hockey player wannabe finds out that he has the most powerful golf drive in history. He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save grandma's house. The downside is that his hocky player mentality doesn't really go on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship. Written by Kevin Mitchell <kevin@mitchell.mdn.com>

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He doesn't play golf... he destroys it.


Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some comic sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$38,624,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carl Weather's missing arm is the same one that is shot off in Predator (1987) See more »


At the beginning of the Tour, Happy is gloating about his newly discovered golf skills to Shooter. There is one medium close-up of the two and it is raining in the background. The shots preceding and following this MCU do not have any rain. See more »


[first lines]
[opening narration voice over]
Happy Gilmore: My name is Happy Gilmore. Ever since I was old enough to skate, I loved hockey. I wasn't really the greatest skater though. But that didn't stop my dad from teaching me the secret of smacking his greatest slap shot.
[Young Happy, hits a hard plastic ball into his father's forehead]
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Referenced in Little Nicky (2000) See more »


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Written by Domingo Samudio (as Sam Samudio)
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Courtesy of Polydor Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and Television Licensing
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Slapstick humour that does not need you to think but with excellent timing.
6 October 2004 | by (Burntwood, England) – See all my reviews

Adam Sandler may not be the all-round actor who can deliver many different comic performances but he does have a certain comic style. Happy Gilmore is a failed Hockey player who cannot skate and has a lack of any self-discipline. His life seems to be a complete failure until he finds out he can hit a golf ball over 400 yards. At first you might feel little empathy for Happy as he obviously deserves all the bad luck he gets from the way he treats his friends. But the introduction of Shooter to the screen suddenly makes you root for the underdog. The plot is thrown together to get the most out of Sandler and his antics on screen. Some of the scenes are totally unbelievable particularly when a car is driven on to the golf course to run down Happy! But no matter how many times I see the film it can still make me laugh.

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