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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
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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 (18) »

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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Sound Mix:

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

David Simms tells Roy and Romeo that the purse for his tournament is half a million dollars. When Gary McCord and Phil Mickelson are making bets with Craig Stadler, the announcer says it's a $250,000 purse. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Molly Griswold: I find him... mildly attractive when he's obnoxious and arrogant like this.
Romeo Posar: Oh, good. That's his best side.
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Estoy Sentado Aqui
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Charming
3 August 2004 | by ginger_sonnySee all my reviews

Talented but unlucky golfer, Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) pursues glamorous therapist, Dr Molly Griswold (Rene Russo). Even though it's a Costner movie, it's actually a decent, surprisingly well-observed romantic comedy

The American Dream is brought nicely down to earth in this gentle comedy drama. Costner plays Roy McAvoy, an underachieving golf-whizz living in a small Texan town, who falls for Molly (Russo), the girlfriend of his arch rival David Simms (Don Johnson). Luckily for him, she agrees to sleep with him after he chips a ball from the clubhouse carpet and hits a pelican sitting outside. Molly gives Roy a good soul-searching pep talk and it isn't long before he's back playing professionally - and, before you know it, swinging his sticks in the US Open.

Tin Cup's big surprise is the film's unconventional ending, allowing us to forgive director Ron Shelton's clumsy, problematic dramatic structure and odd fascination with capturing Costner's highlighted mullet.

The dialogue and characters are convincing and intelligently developed. Russo wears vulnerability and neediness like a second skin, while Costner plays the tragic hero with considerable charm.


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