Tin Cup (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 August 1996 (USA)
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A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.


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Roy 'Tin cup' McAvoy, a failed pro golfer who lives at the run-down driving range which he manages with his sidekick and caddy Romeo in the West Texas tin pot town of Salome, ends up signing over ownership to a madam of 'show girls' to pay off debts. His foxy novice golf pupil, female psychiatrist Dr. Molly Griswold, turns out to be the new girlfriend of McAvoy's sarcastic one-time college golf partner, slick PGA superstar David Simms, who drops by to play into Roy's fatal flaw: the inability to resist a dare, all too often causing him to lose against lesser players, in this case gambling away his car. Falling for Molly, Roy decides to become her patient; in order to earn her respect, he decides to try to qualify for the US Open, after starting off as Simm's caddy 'for the benefit of his experience'. His talent proves more then adequate, but over-confident negligence of risks, while pleasing the crowds, is murder on his scores, while Simms spits on the fans but never wastes a point... Written by KGF Vissers

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Golf pro. Love amateur.


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juegos de pasión  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,128,834 (USA) (16 August 1996)


$53,854,588 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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Pierce Brosnan was considered for the role of David Simms. See more »


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[Roy tried to sneak into Molly's office the back way]
Dr. Molly Griswold: Roy, Roy... why are you here?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Therapy.
Dr. Molly Griswold: You've come for therapy? Okay, look, Roy, you know, you really need to make an appointment. Because I have a client in a half an hour.
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: That's enough time. Thirty minutes? Hell, I'm not THAT fucked up.
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Shelton plays golf.
21 January 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The game of golf never looked so exciting until Shelton came up with this little gem about a stubborn golfer and his peculiar approach to the game. Costner really works under Shelton's direction and snappy dialogue. The romance with Russo does not ring true but you somehow overlook it because of the convincing performances.

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