Happy Gilmore (1996) Poster



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The Hockey player Happy mentions in the beginning of the film is Terry O'Reilly. Once during a game he jumped into the stands at Madison Square Garden and fought with a fan.
During scenes involving Richard Kiel, he had to stand still or lean on items. In one scene it's a fence, in another it's another actor. This was due to a severe automobile accident he had in 1992 where he suffered head trauma, losing his ability to balance without aid.
Ben Stiller took an uncredited role as the nursing home orderly. He's never called by his name by any of the characters, but his name tag says "Hal L".
Before his first tournament, Happy asks Chubbs why he didn't play a real sport, "like football, or somethin'." Carl Weathers, who played Chubbs, was a professional football player before becoming an actor.
In real life, Adam Sandler is terrible at both hockey and golf.
One deleted scene in the movie involves Happy throwing the nursing home orderly out the window after finding out how badly his grandma was treated.
Bob Barker actually studied Tang Soo Do Karate for decades under Chuck Norris and his brother Aaron Norris.
When Dennis Dugan told Bob Barker that a stunt double would be used in the fight scene, Barker insisted on doing his own stunts, saying, "Wait a minute, I know how to fight."
According to Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald had difficulty believing Shooter would be afraid of fighting Happy due to his size advantage. MacDonald is 6'3" while Sandler is 5'10". They debated for a while until Sandler convinced MacDonald that Shooter was afraid of Happy's violent temper.
The concept was inspired by Adam Sandler's childhood friend Kyle who was a hockey player. Kyle regularly played golf with Sandler and Sandler's father. Kyle is now a teacher in Manchester, New Hampshire (Sandler's home town) and coaches the high school hockey team.
In a 2011 interview with the AV Club, Christopher McDonald claims he originally turned down the role of Shooter several times because he was growing tired of being typecast as an antagonist. He reconsidered playing the role, as he had enjoyed Adam Sandler's previous film Billy Madison (1995) and while he was playing a golf tournament in Seattle while taking a break from filming his previous movie in Vancouver. Realizing that he was playing an antagonist in a comedy, and having been satisfied with the script, he asked for an arrangement to be made so he could meet with Adam Sandler to discuss the movie. Upon their first meeting, McDonald ultimately decided to accept the role and has said it remains one of the best decisions of his career.
Because of Bob Barker's cameo, ratings for The Price Is Right (1972) rose considerably amongst college-age viewers.
The only two true PGA golfers in the movie are Mark Lye (the golfer who talks to Happy at the cocktail party) and Lee Trevino (the silent golfer who shakes his head in disbelief, only saying the lines "Grizzly Adams did have a beard.") Nick Faldo is mentioned, but never seen on screen.
Was the very first winner of the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.
The NHL Shop has sold hockey stick putters for many years.
German golfer Martin Kaymer tried a Happy-style approach during the long drive competition at the 2015 PGA Championships.
To help promote the movie, Adam Sandler made a cameo appearance on "The Price Is Right" during the "Showcase Showdown". The clip of Sandler fighting "PIR" host, Bob Barker was shown to the studio audience.
Bruce Campbell auditioned for the role of Shooter McGavin.
Happy's shaggy homeless caddy (Allen Covert) is named Otto in the credits. This name is spoken in a deleted scene, but never in the main feature.
Carl Weathers's missing arm is the same one that is shot off in Predator (1987).
Julie Bowen later revealed on Access Hollywood that there is a deleted segement of the Happy Place scene where she made out with the dwarf dressed like a cowboy.
Joe Sakic of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche appears uncredited during the hockey tryout scene.
Within the recurring commentary team that's seen throughout the tournaments, the co-commentator Jack Beard never speaks.
The script called for an immediate scene transition after Happy slugged Barker, but then they got the idea to turn it into a full-blown fistfight instead.
The hockey game in the opening scene features the now defunct Roller Hockey League's Vancouver Voodoo
Happy's car is a 1973 Plymouth Duster.
Kevin Costner was offered the role of Shooter McGavin but declined. However, he did play a golf pro in Tin Cup (1996).
The first of many Adam Sandler movies directed by Dennis Dugan who also plays the character Doug.
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Early in the movie, Chubbs tells Happy he could win a gold jacket, to which Happy responds, "Gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a shit?" This is a reference to The Masters, one of the four major tournaments of the PGA tour (the others being the US Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship) where the winner gets a green jacket.
In real life, the PGA does have a tournament called The Tour Championship. It is played annually in September, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, and is the final event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Unlike its movie counterpart, however, it is not considered one of golf's Major championships, and the winner does not take home a gold jacket.
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In the Waterbury Open scene, Chubbs is seen wearing a Lacoste v-neck jumper with a logo of a crocodile, very similar to Chubbs' nemesis the alligator.
Lee Trevino said that had he read the script and seen the salty language, he would've passed. One would presume he did his signature disbelieving head shake while watching the film.
Mr. Larson is referred to as 'Frankenstein' at one point. Richard Kiel was in an episode of _The Monkees_ as a 'Frankenstein' type creature.
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In the scene where Gilmore is shooting the subway commercial, you can clearly see Bob Barker to the left of Gilmore in the background.
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Julie Bowen and Kevin Nealon both started in Happy gilmore and would later work together on 'Weeds', though they did not share any scenes in Happy Gilmore, Bowen played the brief target of Nealon's character 'Doug's affections.
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In this film, Frances Bay appears onscreen with Ben Stiller. Bay also appeared in the series finale of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld," as did Ben Stiller's father, Jerry Stiller.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Bob Barker wasn't sure if he wanted to be in the movie. When he learned that he was going to win the fight with Adam Sandler, he accepted the role.

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