Happy Gilmore

February 16th, 1996

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Happy Gilmore

Still of Adam Sandler in Happy GilmoreHappy works on his short game. Adam Sandler at event of Happy GilmoreHappy does a little venting on the course. Adam Sandler stars as Happy Gilmore

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.9/10 (74,275 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director: Dennis Dugan

Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen

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.

Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler - Happy Gilmore
Christopher McDonald - Shooter McGavin
Julie Bowen - Virginia Venit
Frances Bay - Grandma
Allen Covert - Otto
Robert Smigel - IRS Agent
Bob Barker - Himself
Richard Kiel - Mr. Larson
Dennis Dugan - Doug Thompson
Joe Flaherty - Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino - Himself
Kevin Nealon - Potter
Verne Lundquist - Announcer
Jared Van Snellenberg - Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Ken Camroux - Coach

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

Release Date: 16 February 1996

Filming Locations: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $38,624,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Before his first tournament, Happy asks Chubbs why he didn't play a real sport, "like football, or somethin'." Carl Weathers, who played Chubbs, was a professional football player before becoming an actor.

Revealing mistakes: During the opening scene for the tour championship. The Volkswagen bug can be seen against the tower. That scene is not until the end of the movie.

[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]

User Review

To Be Remembered Forever: 'Happy' And Bob Barker Trading Blows

Rating: 9/10

A "pro" golfer duking it out with veteran game-show host Bob Barker right in the middle of a tournament. That scene alone makes this one of the more memorable comedies of the last 30 years. Almost everyone I know has either seen or heard of that scene and everyone laughs at it.

It IS ludicrous and that's what makes it so funny. In fact, most of the movie is totally preposterous, totally unbelievable and totally wacky, which is Adam Sandler's trademark in these comedies. He's low key but violent, as he was in Mr. Deeds, Punch-Drunk Love and a few other films.

Here, Sander is even more vocal and violent than normal and definitely more crude, which is saying something since this actor usually doesn't play guys with a lot of class. "Happy" is a hot-tempered hockey player who can hit a golf ball 400 yards so he tries his hand on the PGA tour to help raise money for his grandmother. I just shake my head even writing that last sentence, it sounds so stupid....but this is a stupid movie with an incredibly stupid story but is hilarious, for the most part.

Anyone who is a golfer would appreciate this movie more than others, because Sandler says and does things we'd all like to do on the links at times but, thankfully, don't. In short: this is a crude but very funny movie.

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