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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 successful rival's girlfriend.


Ron Shelton
3,957 ( 139)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Self
Craig Stadler ... Self
Peter Jacobsen ... Self


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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Plot Keywords:

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


Golf pro. Love amateur.


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Janine Turner was considered for the role of Molly Griswold. See more »


During David Simms' charity golf tournament where he employs Roy (Tin Cup) as his caddy, the word 'NISSAN' on David's cap disappears and reappears again. 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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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 »


Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Moody Foodie (2012) See more »


Every Minute, Every Hour, Every Day
Written by Jackson Leap
Produced by James House
Performed by James House
Courtesy of Epic Records
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A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada
31 March 2003 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

Tin Cup is a movie I liked a lot. Ron Shelton and star Kevin Costner make a great directing and acting team. I was the only one on Earth who thought their previous effort Bull Durham was overrated. I enjoyed this flick much more. Kevin has had a hit movie in quite a while. So he and Ron need to hook up again and make another sports related comedy and have themselves a nice little trilogy. I usually don't care for sports, but I like how Shelton centers most of his flicks around a different sport for each film.

It's got a good, simple story, and a plot that's character driven. The film's got a great soundtrack and a some gorgeous Texas and Arizona locations. A female friend, who bears a striking resemblance to Rene Russo, that I showed this film said it made her wanna go out and shoot a few golf balls at the local driving range.

Kev Costner's Tin Cup lives in a charming, laid back world of run down driving ranges, Waffle House restaurants and golf courses. I could relate to Cup's lazy bachelor lifestyle and diet that consists pretty much of beer, hot dogs and Dunkin' Donuts.

But this is a fun movie about lovable screw up who gets his gold life and love life together. One thing that would have made the movie even better, is if the part of Doreen the stripper had been played by Dolly Parton. Dolly and Cheech Marin would have made a killer on screen couple! It would have bagged Dolly an easy Golden Globe or Oscar nomination. The Golden Globes. With an awards name like that, how perfect would it be for someone like Dolly Parton to win one? Cheers!

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Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,128,834, 18 August 1996

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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