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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.

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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 ... Himself
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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Plot Keywords:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cheech Marin disliked golf until he joined this film, later having become an avid player of the game. See more »

Goofs

On the 10th green in the final round of the US Open, Roy tugs up each pant leg and squats down to line up a putt. The camera angle then changes, but shows a repeat of the same action. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Molly Griswold: All you have to do is walk up to this, this woman, wherever she is, look her in the eye - look at me, Roy - just look her in the eyes, that's right, let down your guard, and don't try to be cool or smooth or whatever; just be honest and take a risk. And you know what, whatever happens, if you act from the heart, you can't make a mistake.
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Dr. Griswold...
Dr. Molly Griswold: Yes?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: I think I'm in love with you.
Dr. Molly Griswold: What?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: From the moment I first saw you, I knew I was through with bar girls and... strippers and motorcycle ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

Big Stick
Written by Bruce Hornsby (as B.R. Hornsby)
Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Produced by Bruce Hornsby
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Very Funny, Costner at his best.
30 December 1998 | by Brad K.See all my reviews

Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, The Untouchables) is a great actor, in my opinion, but most critics and some people don't like him because he takes too many "hero" roles. For those people, Tin Cup is a movie you will like, for those who like Costner, you will love this film. Cosnter plays a local star golfer in Texas who runs a driving range that isn't doing well. He's a good golfer, but because of some poor decisions never turned professional. He has a lazy life goofing around with his friends and caddy, wonderfully played by Cheech Marin (Paulie, From Dusk Til Dawn). One day when a beautiful psychiatrist, played by Rene Russo (Ransom, Major League), comes in to take lessons from him, he decides to go after her. The problem is that she isn't grungy and lazy like he is and she's dating a professional golfer who went to college with Costner. He is well-played by Don Johnson (Dead Bang, Guilty as Sin). Costner and Johnson hate each other and soon get into competitions to impress Russo. Eventually, Costner decides to impress her he'll try and qualify for the US Open golf tournament. This is a very funny film and was not a "chick-flick" like I was worried it would be. Costner is excellent in the lead playing a completely likable slob. Russo is solid as his love interest. Highly recommended.


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