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Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 16 February 1996 (USA)
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A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

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Dennis Dugan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Happy Gilmore
Christopher McDonald ... Shooter McGavin
Julie Bowen ... Virginia Venit
Frances Bay ... Grandma
Carl Weathers ... Chubbs
Allen Covert ... Otto
Robert Smigel ... IRS Agent
Bob Barker ... Bob Barker
Richard Kiel ... Mr. Larson
Dennis Dugan ... Doug Thompson
Joe Flaherty ... Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino Lee Trevino ... Himself
Kevin Nealon ... Potter
Verne Lundquist Verne Lundquist ... Announcer
Jared Van Snellenberg Jared Van Snellenberg ... Happy's Waterbury Caddy
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Storyline

A Hockey player wannabe finds out that he has the most powerful golf drive in history. He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save grandma's house. The downside is that his hockey player mentality doesn't really go on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship. Written by Kevin Mitchell <kevin@mitchell.mdn.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He doesn't play golf... he destroys it.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some comic sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$38,624,000
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 U.S. Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship) where the winner gets a green jacket. See more »

Goofs

At the AT&T Open, Shooter asks his caddy for advice, the caddy gives it and Shooter ignores it by choosing a different club. Right before Shooter takes his shot the caddy moves forward and to the right, which places him directly in Shooter's eye-line. This would never happen - all caddies know they must stand behind the golfer as to not obstruct him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[opening narration voice over]
Happy Gilmore: My name is Happy Gilmore. Ever since I was old enough to skate, I loved hockey. I wasn't really the greatest skater though. But that didn't stop my dad from teaching me the secret of smacking his greatest slap shot.
[Young Happy, hits a hard plastic ball into his father's forehead]
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Alternate Versions

In the NBC TV version, there are several changes. When Happy first sees Shooter before he plays golf the first time on the pro course, instead of saying "If I saw myself in those clothes I'd have to kick my own ass" he says "...my own butt." In the bar scene Happy says to Shooter about bieng on the Tour "...Now I got a new reason: kicking your head" instead of "...your ass." When Happy and Bob Barker fight, when Happy says "The price is wrong, bitch" the "bitch" is removed, among many other small changes in the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.83 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tuesday's Gone
Written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of MCA Records
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It's not Caddyshack, but it's quality comedy
29 July 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

Happy Gilmore is Adam Sandler's only standout performance in a long list of half-assed, unfunny comedies. But this is it, the real deal. This is the film that all other Sandler films make references to, quote and celebrate, in case you ever wondered where phrases like "It's all in the hips" (as said in Little Nicky) and "You eat pieces of sh*t for breakfast?" (quoted everywhere) came from. Well, Happy Gilmore is the birth of these phrases as well as the birth of a comedic star. It is also just all-around solid comedic entertainment and a crash-course in golf. Or rather, 101 Things Not To Do On The Golf Course.

Adam Sandler is Happy. But this is only his character's ironic name, because Happy is really quite angry and extremely frustrated at getting nowhere in his amateur hockey career. He slips into golf by what can only be described as a fluke, and is able to take out his aggressions on the golf-court, setting records for longest drives ever as he aggressively hits the ball. The anger he has is advantageous here, but a big problem when it comes to putting - and an even bigger problem when it comes to dealing with smug competitors like Shooter McGavin (superbly played by Christopher McDonald).

Happy Gilmore thus follows Sandler on the golf-court, where 90% of the film takes place. Happy is one of those rare characters in films that you desperately pull for and end up hating all of his competitors and enemies. In this way, Happy Gilmore is a very effective film as it establishes a hero-feeling with its main character, in spite of his flaws. I can't think of many other films in which I've wanted the lead character to win as much as in this one. On top of that device, you have such gems like Adam Sandler beating up old man Bob Barker on the green, Adam Sandler screaming at a golf ball asking it "Are you too good for your home?", and Christopher McDonald in one of the most hilarious and subtlety comedic performances of the 1990s.

So Happy Gilmore is the Godfather of all Sandler films, as well as the only truly good one. It borrows somewhat from Caddyshack in the goofy golf sense so it can't be considered truly original, but it IS original when it comes to Happy Madison productions.

8/10


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