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Tin Cup (1996)

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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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Ron Shelton
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Roy McAvoy
Rene Russo ... Dr. Molly Griswold
Don Johnson ... David Simms
Cheech Marin ... Romeo Posar
Linda Hart ... Doreen
Dennis Burkley ... Earl
Rex Linn ... Dewey
Lou Myers ... Clint
Richard Lineback ... Curt
George Perez ... Jose
Mickey Jones ... Turk
Michael Milhoan ... Boone
Gary McCord ... Himself
Craig Stadler Craig Stadler ... Himself
Peter Jacobsen Peter Jacobsen ... Himself
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Storyline

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 | nickname | love | kiss | friend | See All (19) »

Taglines:

Golf pro. Love amateur.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juegos de pasión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,128,834, 18 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,854,588, 24 November 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,900,000
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The grandparents and grandchild with a dog in the scene where Simms yells at them after asking for an autograph are played by Kevin Costner's parents, Sharon Costner and Bill Costner. The grandchild is played by his son, Joe Costner. See more »

Goofs

In the bar after the first round, Roy commented that he didn't shoot an 82 because he missed a four footer on the 18th. The scoreboard showed that Roy shot 5 (par) on the 18th to shoot 83. Yet, following Roy's shot into the water on the 18th in the third round, broadcaster Jim Nantz stated that he had found the water for the third straight day. If Roy had put the ball in the water with his second shot on the 18th in the first round and missed a four footer on that green the best score he could have had would have been a 6. (Drive + shot into water + penalty stroke + approach shot + missed putt + made putt = 6) See more »

Quotes

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: [to Simms, while carrying Molly away from the tournament] Nice par, David.
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Alternate Versions

At least one network television version adds a scene just before the U.S. Open, in which Roy and Romeo are almost kept from entering due to their shabby clothes and winnebago. David Simms then shows up, "heroically" points out that Roy's name is misspelled on the roster, and they all enter... but Roy's winnebago causes a considerable amount of (unintentional) property damage due to its height. But this makes Romeo's surprised observation in the next scene that David is present less understandable. See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Big Stick
Written by Bruce Hornsby (as B.R. Hornsby)
Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Produced by Bruce Hornsby
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Costner's best movie? Maybe
24 August 2003 | by reporterman2000See all my reviews

From an acting standpoint, "Tin Cup" may be Kevin Costner's best movie. Here he plays Roy McAvoy, a burned-out, washed-out, down-n-out golf pro a way out in West Texas. He's broke, drunk most of the time, and convinced of his own worthlessness -- hence his attraction to poetry and a puffed-up opinion of his own heroics on the golf course (he's got to have something hold on to). Roy is just this side of being a complete bum -- this is one of the few movies I've seen on any subject that actually addresses the financial condition of its loose-living hero.

"Tin Cup" is all about the dire straits of this character, and Costner is more than up to the challenge of playing this guy convincingly. Costner for once packs everything into his performance: charm, wit, sarcasm, hopelessness, bitterness, and more than a little arrogance. He is funny, laidback and shows remarkable athletic skill. He tops his career-best work in "Bull Durham" here (not surprising, since this is another Ron Shelton film).

The movie also works great as a classic heroic Quest story. McAvoy is on a mythic quest, not for the perfect 18 holes, certainly not for money, but for love. "Tin Cup" could easily have been titled "Quixote Jousts at Windmills in West Texas." Best of all, McAvoy KNOWS he's on a quest; when he refers to it in his dialogue, it sounds pathtically funny, but when you hold this story up to the ancient pattern of the heroic quest as described by Joseph Campbell, it really rings true.

Probably the most interesting aspect of "Tin Cup" is that it also works as a metaphor for what Costner has done with his career. Here's a guy who could have played it safe and easy after all those Oscars, but took off on crazy flights of fancy like "Waterworld" and lost badly. (He continued to play unsafe shots after 1996, with almost every movie that followed this one.) McAvoy plays the game his way, on a dare, on a bet, with outrageous egotism and a willingness to lose it all -- publicly. That's what Costner has done at his own game. Was "Open Range" the dreaded safe shot that corrected his course?


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