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
Don Johnson went to school in Crane, Texas for a short time which is 32 miles west of Rankin, Texas where the theoretical town location is said to occur. See more »
On his way to his historical second round score of 62, Tin Cup (Roy), is shown hitting his approach shot to the 18th green, and the announcer states that he has stuck his approach shot 12 feet from the hole, and the camera cut to the ball clearly shows a 12 foot putt waiting, but when Tin Cup actually goes to sink the putt, it's more like a 4 foot putt, not a 12 footer. See more »
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 »
The game of golf never looked so exciting until Shelton came up with this little gem about a stubborn golfer and his peculiar approach to the game. Costner really works under Shelton's direction and snappy dialogue. The romance with Russo does not ring true but you somehow overlook it because of the convincing performances.
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