Happy Gilmore

Happy Gilmore

4.7 18
Director: Dennis Dugan

Cast: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen

     
 

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Adam Sandler's second popular starring vehicle after Billy Madison is a goofy lowbrow paean to golf, hockey, and the comic hysterics of its childlike star. In Happy Gilmore, Sandler plays the title character, a raw, determined, but ultimately untalented hockey player who keeps trying out for the pros. When Happy discovers his grandmother (See more details below

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Adam Sandler's second popular starring vehicle after Billy Madison is a goofy lowbrow paean to golf, hockey, and the comic hysterics of its childlike star. In Happy Gilmore, Sandler plays the title character, a raw, determined, but ultimately untalented hockey player who keeps trying out for the pros. When Happy discovers his grandmother (Frances Bay) will lose her home if she doesn't fork over 270,000 dollars to the IRS, he tries to figure out how he can possibly scrounge up the cash. An idea strikes during a game of one-upmanship with a couple furniture movers stripping his grandmother's home: On his first-ever swing, he drives a golf ball farther than the movers have ever seen. Before long, he has transplanted the foul-mouthed, aggressive persona of the hockey rink to the links, winning an amateur tourney that earns him a spot on the pro tour. Throttling everyone from a helpless caddy to game show host Bob Barker during the course of his 90-day quest to amass prize money, Happy also wins the sport a legion of new fans with his in-your-face style. Guiding him on his quest is a whimsical retired pro who lost his hand to an alligator (Carl Weathers) and an attractive public relations woman charmed by Happy's antics (Julie Bowen). Opposing him, however, is sneering hotshot Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald), who will do anything to win his championship jacket and see Happy fail. ~ Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide

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All Movie Guide
Adam Sandler plays more of a grown-up in Happy Gilmore than he did in Billy Madison, but only in the sense that his tantrums are laced with rage and obscenity rather than infantile brattiness. These brusque qualities will further irritate his detractors while giving his fans another generous dollop of the comedian's hyperkinetic schtick. But Happy Gilmore has pleasures beyond the golf-ball-to-the-noggin variety, because it works as a fairly sturdy sports movie that finds the tricky balance of simultaneously mocking golf and glorifying it. That golf and hockey might involve essentially the same skill set, applied quite differently, enables the agreeable premise that a transplant from that aggressive venue might achieve some success with its more genteel cousin, while still keeping the rink's head-butting mentality. Sure, this is mostly just an excuse for vulgar, bone-crunching comedy, but it allows at least one classic episode of absurdism, in which Sandler gets into a trash-talking brawl with Bob Barker, the surprisingly agile 73-year-old game show host. That Happy putts with his hockey stick and launches his golf balls like whizzing cruise missiles (cleverly shot from their accelerating perspective) makes for effective crossover, blending the subtle precision of golf with the electrifying force of hockey, and winning converts to both sports. Still, Sandler himself wouldn't win many converts outside his own fan base until he aimed for a more tepid middle ground in The Wedding Singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2013
UPC:
0025192183591
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios

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Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Happy Gilmore
Christopher McDonald Shooter McGavin
Julie Bowen Virginia
Frances Bay Grandma
Carl Weathers Chubbs
Allen Covert Otto
Bob Barker Himself
Richard Kiel Mr. Larson
Dennis Dugan Doug Thompson
Joe Flaherty Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino Himself
Kevin Nealon Potter
Ken Camroux Coach
D.J. Jackson Mover
Andrew Johnston Crowd Guy (Waterbury)
Fred Perron Waterbury Heckler
John Shaw Daniel Lafferty
Stephen Dimopoulos Italian Guy
Douglas Newell Starter # 4 (Pro-Am)
Simon Webb Doctor
Betty Linde Elderly Woman
Ben Stiller Hal (Nursing Home Orderly)
David Kaye Reporter
Dave Cameron Reporter # 2
Robert Smigel IRS Agent
Verne Lundquist Announcer
Jared Van Snellenberg Happy's Waterbury Caddie
Rich Elwood Assistant Coach
Nancy McClure Terry
Helena Yea Chinese Lady
Will Sasso Mover
Ellie Harvie Registrar
Ian Boothby Guy on Green
Kimberly Restell Crowd Girl (Waterbury)
Helen Honeywell Crazy Old Lady
Paul Raskin 1st Starter (Waterbury)
William Samples 2nd Starter (AT&T)
Ted Deeken Auctioneer
John Destrey Zamboni Driver
Jim Crescenzo Shooter's AT&T Caddy
Brett Armstrong Shooter's Tournament Caddy
Peter Kelamis Potter's Caddy
Stephen Tibbetts Pro Golfer
Edward Lieberman Pro Golfer
Donald MacMillan Young Happy
Louis O'Donoghue Happy's Dad
Lisanne Collett Happy's Mom
Frank L. Frazier Blue Collar Fan
Zachary Webb Batting Kid
Mark Lye Himself
Lou Kliman Reporter
Brent Chapman Official
Jessica Gunn Signed Chest Woman
Phillip Beer Cowboy Joe
Fat Jack Jack Beard
Michelle Holdsworth Babe on Green
Charles L. Brame Abraham Lincoln

Technical Credits
Dennis Dugan Director
Arthur Albert Cinematographer
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
Warren Carr Co-producer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Jack Giarraputo Co-producer
Jeff Gourson Editor
Brad Grey Executive Producer
Richard Harrison Art Director
Tim Herlihy Screenwriter
Willie Heslup Production Designer
Mark Lane Set Decoration/Design
Peter D. Marshall Asst. Director
Tish Monaghan Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Rick Patton Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Sandler Screenwriter
Robert Simonds Producer
Sandy Wernick Executive Producer

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