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(1996)

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When Dennis Dugan told Bob Barker that a stunt double would be used in the fight scene, Barker insisted on doing his own stunts, saying, "Wait a minute, I know how to fight."
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During scenes involving Richard Kiel, he had to stand still or lean on items. In one scene it's a fence, in another it's another actor. This was due to a severe automobile accident he had in 1992 where he suffered head trauma, losing his ability to balance without aid.
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Bob Barker wasn't sure if he wanted to be in the movie. When he learned that he was going to win the fight with Adam Sandler, he accepted the role.
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In real life, Adam Sandler is terrible at both hockey and golf.
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The concept was inspired by Adam Sandler's childhood friend Kyle who was a hockey player. Kyle regularly played golf with Sandler and Sandler's father. Kyle is now a teacher in Manchester, New Hampshire (Sandler's home town) and coaches the high school hockey team.
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Ben Stiller took an uncredited role as the nursing home orderly. He's never called by his name by any of the characters, but his name tag says "Hal L".
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In a 2011 interview with the AV Club, Christopher McDonald claims he originally turned down the role of Shooter several times because he was growing tired of being typecast as an antagonist. He reconsidered playing the role, as he had enjoyed Adam Sandler's previous film Billy Madison (1995) and while he was playing a golf tournament in Seattle while taking a break from filming his previous movie in Vancouver. Realizing that he was playing an antagonist in a comedy, and having been satisfied with the script, he asked for an arrangement to be made so he could meet with Adam Sandler to discuss the movie. Upon their first meeting, McDonald ultimately decided to accept the role and has said it remains one of the best decisions of his career.
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Bob Barker studied Tang Soo Do Karate for decades under Chuck Norris and his brother Aaron Norris.
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Before his first tournament, Happy asks Chubbs why he didn't play a real sport, "like football, or somethin'." Carl Weathers (Chubbs) was a professional football player before becoming an actor.
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According to Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald had difficulty believing Shooter would be afraid of fighting Happy due to his size advantage. MacDonald is 6'3" while Sandler is 5'10". They debated for a while until Sandler convinced MacDonald that Shooter was afraid of Happy's violent temper.
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Because of Bob Barker's cameo, ratings for The Price Is Right (1972) rose considerably amongst college-age viewers.
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Was the very first winner of the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.
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The only two true PGA golfers in the movie are Mark Lye (the golfer who talks to Happy at the cocktail party) and Lee Trevino (the silent golfer who shakes his head in disbelief, only saying the line "Grizzly Adams did have a beard.") Nick Faldo is mentioned, but never seen on-screen.
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The hockey player Happy mentions in the beginning of the film is Terry O'Reilly. Once during a game, he jumped into the stands at Madison Square Garden and fought with a fan.
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German golfer Martin Kaymer tried a Happy-style approach during the long drive competition at the 2015 PGA Championships.
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To help promote the movie, Adam Sandler made a cameo appearance on The Price Is Right: Episode #24.98 (1996) during the "Showcase Showdown". The clip of Sandler fighting host Bob Barker was shown to the studio audience.
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The script called for an immediate scene transition after Happy slugged Bob Barker, but then they got the idea to turn it into a full-blown fistfight instead.
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The NHL Shop has sold hockey stick putters for many years.
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Bruce Campbell auditioned for the role of Shooter McGavin.
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Julie Bowen later revealed on Access Hollywood that there is a deleted segement of the Happy Place scene where she made out with the dwarf dressed like a cowboy.
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Carl Weathers' missing arm is the same one that is shot off in Predator (1987).
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Happy's shaggy homeless caddy (Allen Covert) is named Otto in the credits. This name is spoken in a deleted scene, but never in the main feature.
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This film was rewritten by Judd Apatow, which went uncredited.
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Joe Sakic of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche appears uncredited during the hockey tryout scene.
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The first of many Adam Sandler movies directed by Dennis Dugan who also plays the character Doug.
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Within the recurring commentary team that's seen throughout the tournaments, the co-commentator Jack Beard never speaks.
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The hockey game in the opening scene features the now defunct Roller Hockey League's Vancouver Voodoo.
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Kevin Costner was offered the role of Shooter McGavin but declined. However, he did play a golf pro in Tin Cup (1996).
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Happy's car is a 1973 Plymouth Duster.
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Mr. Larson is described as "Frankenstein" at one point. Richard Kiel played the Frankenstein monster in The Monkees: I Was a Teenage Monster (1967).
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At many points in the film, Chubbs can be seen wearing Lacoste clothing, obviously as a link to the fact he lost his hand to an alligator.
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Early in the movie, Chubbs tells Happy he could win a gold jacket, to which Happy responds, "Gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a shit?" This is a reference to The Masters, one of the four major tournaments of the PGA tour (the others being the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship) where the winner gets a green jacket.
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In real life, the PGA does have a tournament called The Tour Championship. It is played annually in September, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, and is the final event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Unlike its movie counterpart, however, it is not considered one of golf's Major championships, and the winner does not take home a gold jacket.
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Lee Trevino said that had he read the script and seen the salty language, he would've passed. One would presume he did his signature disbelieving head shake while watching the film.
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In the Waterbury Open scene, Chubbs is seen wearing a Lacoste v-neck jumper with a logo of a crocodile, very similar to Chubbs' nemesis the alligator.
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Adam Sandler and Christopher McDonald went on to later appear in Dirty Work (1998), with McDonald also playing the antagonist in that film. While they both have the majority of screen time together in this movie, they share no scenes together in the latter film.
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When Happy trains with Chubbs at the miniature golf course the first hole he is at is surrounded by penguins that terrorized him in Billy Madison.
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Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Allen Covert (Otto), and Joe Flaherty all appeared on the sitcom The King of Queens (1998) (1998-2007). Sandler's appearance was uncredited. Stiller's appearance was uncredited on that sitcom as it was in this film. Covert played 2 different characters on that sitcom. Flaherty had a recurring role on that sitcom as the priest, Father McAndrew.
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Joe Flaherty plays the character of the 'Jeering Fan', who drives into Happy with a white Volkswagen beetle. Flaherty had previously appeared in the film "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird" (1985), where a yellow Volkswagen beetle figured prominently into the plot.
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Julie Bowen and Kevin Nealon appeared in this movie and on Weeds (2005). Bowen played the brief target of Nealon's character Doug's affections.
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When Happy is going to the competition, he notices a white limousine pulling up behind him and says "Whoa, must be Burt Reynolds or something.". Adam Sandler would work with Reynolds in the remake of The Longest Yard (2005) nine years later.
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Happy tells Virginia that his grandmother (Frances Bay) took him to see the film "Endless Love" (1981) starring Brooke Shields. Frances Bay and Brooke Shields both had recurring roles on the ABC sitcom 'The Middle' (2009-2018): Bay as Aunt Ginny and Shields as Rita Glossner. 'The Middle' also premiered on the same night as Julie Bowen's sitcom 'Modern Family' (2009).
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In this film, Frances Bay appeared on-screen with Ben Stiller. Bay also appeared in the series finale of Seinfeld (1989) (1989), as did Ben Stiller's father, Jerry Stiller.
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This movie and Employee of the Month (2006) feature one of the actors singing the song "Kiss You All Over" by Exile (1978). It also is featured in Man on the Moon (1999).
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The last name of this film's villain is McGavin. In Adam Sandler's previous film, Billy Madison (1995), actor Darren McGavin played Sandler's father.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

One deleted scene in the movie involves Happy throwing the nursing home orderly out the window after finding out how badly his grandma was treated.
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