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Happy Gilmore (1996)

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

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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 hocky 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>

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

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Comedy | Sport

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

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Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,624,000 (USA)
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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. See more »

Goofs

Fans are not allowed on the course during a pro golf tournament nor are they allowed to talk to the golfers. This fact is ignored frequently in the movie. See more »

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[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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Green Onions
Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg (as Lewis Steinberg) and Al Jackson Jr.
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I say, We just lay by the bay and make hay! Okay?"
28 August 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Okies....here we have the indisputable King of mediocrity but one thing you gotta say for Sandler - they don't come more unpretentious! He delivers what you expect and in HAPPY GILMORE he came up undeniably with his best film!

As the wannabe hockey great in dire need of an anger-management course, Sandler discovers by chance his prodigious golfing talents - but using a hockey stick! In a performance best decribed as R-rated Jerry Lewis, Sandler is a hoot as he takes on Bob Barker, the establishment and Shooter McGavin - golfing's hissable "Mr Smarm" (An Oscar-worthy turn from Christopher McDonald)

Carl Weathers turns in a blinder as Sandler's newly come-by coach with an unfortunate earlier run-in with a hungry croc! If you don't find anything in this film funny, you're a dead person! Like many devotees, we have watched this film countless times - it just improves with age!


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