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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.


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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?


The Actual Location of Salome, TX, appears to be the town of Rankin, TX which is located south of Midland, TX, and in between Fort Stockton, TX, and San Angelo, TX, based on the opening credits at the intersection of Texas 329, and North/South 67. See more »


On the second hole of the final round, Roy bets Gary McCord he can hit it off the porta potty onto the green. His ball only gets to the fringe short of the green, but McCord pays anyway. See more »


Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: [At the first tee in the first round of the U.S. Open] I got time for a quick bucket?
US Open Starter: Tee it up.
Romeo: Man, it took awhile to get you off the floor this morning, hoss. And may I say you don't handle the hooch like you used to.
[looking down the fairway]
Romeo: Oh yeah, I saw this hole on TV. Just hit the big dog the hell up the chute.
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: No, I've learned my lesson. Just going to play it safe, smart, conservative, fairways and greens.Give me the 2-Iron.
Romeo: Are you sure?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Yeah.
[takes the 2-Iron and hits his drive]
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Be ...
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Just an awesome film
4 February 2001 | by (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – See all my reviews

If somebody watches Tin Cup and does not find this movie a "must-see", it might be either because you don't know golf, or because you take life too easy. This film is nothing but irresistible. It combines those tiny-little-moments that we golfers must face every time we are in the golf course (yes, we may not be facing the US Open title, but golf gives us a chance to know ourselves every time we hit the ball: Do I play safe or do I take chances? Am I a winner, or am I a loser? Do I have nerves, or do I simply breakdown?). Tin Cup goes insight all of that, and it shows it to us, in such a simple form through the eyes and life of Roy McAvoy and his buddies, that at the end you find yourself with nothing but the urge to rent it again. Forget for a while about the romance and the girl, if so you want, but don't deny that the songs, the views, and the dialogue are superb. See it as a great sport movie, with a clear lesson to all of us: In life as in Golf, it is you who make that final call. A good call means success; a bad one, well I guess you know where the rest goes.

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