In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.
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
In the scene where Roy and his entourage meet at the Waffle House, an argument breaks out about whether the Waffle House near Salome is in Midland or Odessa. Doreen (Linda Hart) declares she is certain it is in Odessa because she is from there, settling the argument. In truth, there is no Waffle House in either Midland or Odessa. See more »
During the opening credits and the opening scene, the range is shown at twilight, and Roy hits balls into the setting sun, yet when he and his entourage enter the pro shop, the light coming through the blinds, as well as the view of the range through the front door clearly show it to be daytime. When Roy and Molly step outside to begin her first lesson, it is twilight again. See more »
[after Simms refuses to attempt a 250 yard shot over a water hazard]
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
Fifteen years on the tour an' you're still a fuckin' pussy.
Thirteen years on the driving range and you still think this game is about your testosterone count.
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While it may never be as famous as its forerunner Bull Durham (which also starred Costner and was also written and directed by Shelton) Tin Cup has legs of its own to stand on. With a brilliant soundtrack, excellent support from Russo, Johnson, Marin and others (including two Costners) and the writing and direction of Ron Shelton, this is a winner - an incredibly funny and gripping comedy with a smashing bit of irresistible bravado thrown in for good measure. Where Bull Durham didn't have a climax per se, Tin Cup does - and what a climax that is. And although you may in retrospect see the outcome as predictable, odds are you won't guess this by a mile working into it the first time: the suspense really works too.
For what it's worth, the riddle the movie starts on has been traced as far back as The Cosby Show.
A definite keeper.
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