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Tin Cup (1996)

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.

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

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16 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,128,834 (USA) (18 August 1996)

Gross:

$53,854,588 (USA) (24 November 1996)
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Trivia

There is a brief scene during the final round of the tournament where Corey Pavin and Fred Couples (actual PGA tour pros) discuss who the unknown Tin Cup is and the amazement that would come if he were to win the tournament. Earlier in the Film it was said that Roy(Costner) and Simms(Johnson) attended the University of Houston and won several titles together. In real life, Fred Couples and CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, who also appeared in this film, as himself, played golf at the University of Houston. Had there been even more attention to detail in the writing of the film perhaps Nantz or Couples could have mentioned knowing Roy from their college days. See more »

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When Roy visits Molly at her office, his collar is sometimes well-adjusted and sometimes the left side larger then the right. See more »

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Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Greatness courts failure.
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Nobody There But Me
Written by Bruce Hornsby (as B.R. Hornsby), C. Haden & J. Hornsby
Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Produced by Bruce Hornsby
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A viewing pleasure
28 September 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Every time this is on TV, I stop and watch it, with absolute fascination. Do I play or even like golf? Hell, no. Do I care about any sports? Hell, no. Well, except for pro wrestling, and I barely watch that anymore as I sink into old age. What fascinates me about TIN CUP is the delirious story and the colorful characters. Costner, not one of my favorite actors normally, is simply brilliant as a down-on-his-luck golf pro and Rene Russo is absolutely striking as his newfound love interest and salvation. This is one of Russo's greatest roles, in fact. In addition, there are two terrific supporting roles, with Don Johnson as Costner's archnemesis and a real cad (which I suspect is how he is in real life) and Cheech Marin as Costner's stalwart companion and partner in tomfoolery. In fact, Costner and Marin are essentially Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, but instead of tilting at windmills they tilt at golf holes here. You definitely don't have to like golf to enjoy this movie, slick and formulaic as it may be. And seeing Johnson and Costner going nose to nose may give you the same frisson as seeing Travolta and Willis standing elbow to elbow in PULP FICTION. Two truly big names that you never expected to see together in one movie. Say what you want about both Costner and Johnson (talk about lives lived to excess), but they are both terrific in this tidy little romantic "dramedy." This not a kiddie movie. It is a movie for adults who have lived real lives and can relate to adult characters who have had their share of ups and downs and can still dream.


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