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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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David Simms
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When filming at the Tubac Golf Resort in the Arizona desert, the script called for a water hazard. Since there were none on the course the filmmakers built one and named it "Tin Cup Lake". See more »


On the last hole of the Open when Roy finally puts the ball in the cup and then proceeds to toss it into the water, several guys trample across the green and dive in the pond to retrieve the ball and one hoists it up once found. There is no way they would have been able to distinguish that ball from the other balls he hit into the drink. Not to mention they would have been tackled by security as Roy's playing partner still needed to complete his hole. See more »


Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Tell me you don't at least find me a little bit attractive?
Dr. Molly Griswold: You have your moments.
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Well, you tell me which moments are my moments and I'll try to duplicate them.
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Excellent Second
11 August 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

While it may never be as famous as its forerunner Bull Durham (which also starred Costner and was also written and directed by Shelton) Tin Cup has legs of its own to stand on. With a brilliant soundtrack, excellent support from Russo, Johnson, Marin and others (including two Costners) and the writing and direction of Ron Shelton, this is a winner - an incredibly funny and gripping comedy with a smashing bit of irresistible bravado thrown in for good measure. Where Bull Durham didn't have a climax per se, Tin Cup does - and what a climax that is. And although you may in retrospect see the outcome as predictable, odds are you won't guess this by a mile working into it the first time: the suspense really works too.

For what it's worth, the riddle the movie starts on has been traced as far back as The Cosby Show.

A definite keeper.

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