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Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 16 February 1996 (USA)
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A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

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Dennis Dugan
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Happy Gilmore
Christopher McDonald ... Shooter McGavin
Julie Bowen ... Virginia Venit
Frances Bay ... Grandma
Carl Weathers ... Chubbs
Allen Covert ... Otto
Robert Smigel ... IRS Agent
Bob Barker ... Bob Barker
Richard Kiel ... Mr. Larson
Dennis Dugan ... Doug Thompson
Joe Flaherty ... Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino Lee Trevino ... Himself
Kevin Nealon ... Potter
Verne Lundquist Verne Lundquist ... Announcer
Jared Van Snellenberg Jared Van Snellenberg ... Happy's Waterbury Caddy
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Storyline

A Hockey player wannabe finds out that he has the most powerful golf drive in history. He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save grandma's house. The downside is that his hockey player mentality doesn't really go on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship. Written by Kevin Mitchell <kevin@mitchell.mdn.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He doesn't play golf... he destroys it.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some comic sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,514,125, 18 February 1996

Gross USA:

$38,824,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,205,099
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joe Sakic of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche appears uncredited during the hockey tryout scene. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene where Happy is at a hockey game with his dad watching their favorite player Terry O'Reilly, the close up shows that the players are on roller blades, not ice skates. O'Reilly played in the NHL for the Bruins, and never played roller hockey. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[opening narration voice over]
Happy Gilmore: My name is Happy Gilmore. Ever since I was old enough to skate, I loved hockey. I wasn't really the greatest skater though. But that didn't stop my dad from teaching me the secret of smacking his greatest slap shot.
[Young Happy, hits a hard plastic ball into his father's forehead]
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, 16mm home movies of Happy's childhood, adolescence and adulthood are shown as Happy narrates. See more »

Alternate Versions

Television versions:
  • When the tour managers are discussing whether to keep Happy on the tour he can be heard cursing on the TV in the background. On the TV version he clearly punctuates the discussion with "Piece of monkey sh*t!". Whereas on the video versions there are muffled, unspecified swear words.
  • Happy tells Chubbs that golf requires "goofy pants and a fat ass". On television airings, "ass" is poorly overdubbed with "can".
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Connections

References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Wooly Bully
Written by Domingo Samudio (as Sam Samudio)
Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs (as Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs)
Courtesy of Polydor Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and Television Licensing
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Slapstick humour that does not need you to think but with excellent timing.
6 October 2004 | by d-crowderSee all my reviews

Adam Sandler may not be the all-round actor who can deliver many different comic performances but he does have a certain comic style. Happy Gilmore is a failed Hockey player who cannot skate and has a lack of any self-discipline. His life seems to be a complete failure until he finds out he can hit a golf ball over 400 yards. At first you might feel little empathy for Happy as he obviously deserves all the bad luck he gets from the way he treats his friends. But the introduction of Shooter to the screen suddenly makes you root for the underdog. The plot is thrown together to get the most out of Sandler and his antics on screen. Some of the scenes are totally unbelievable particularly when a car is driven on to the golf course to run down Happy! But no matter how many times I see the film it can still make me laugh.


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