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Happy Gilmore (DVD)

Happy Gilmore is a 1996 American sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers a newfound talent for golf. The screenplay was written by Sandler and his writing partner Tim Herlihy, in their second feature collaboration after the previous year s Billy Madison; the film also marks the first of multiple collaborations between Sandler and Dugan. The film was released in theaters on February 16, 1996, by Universal Pictures. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Happy Gilmore was a commercial success, earning $39 million on a $12 million budget. The film won an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for Adam Sandler versus Bob Barker.


Happy Gilmore is a short-tempered, unsuccessful ice hockey player who lacks skills other than fighting and a powerful slapshot he learned from his late father. After yet another failed tryout, Happy learns that his grandmother owes the IRS $270,000 in back taxes; she has 90 days to pay off the debt, or her house will face foreclosure. Happy sends his grandmother to live in a retirement home, where its residents are mistreated, temporarily until he can pay for her house.

Two movers repossessing Happy s grandmother s furniture challenge him to a long-drive contest using his grandfather s old golf clubs. With an unorthodox, slapshot-style swing, Happy hits a ball some 400 yards, winning $40 from the movers. Inspired, he starts hustling golfers at the driving range to make quick money. There, he meets Chubbs Peterson, a club pro and former tour star who lost a hand in an alligator attack. Chubbs urges Happy to enter a local tournament where the winner will earn an automatic spot on the professional golf tour; desperate to take back his grandmother s house, Happy accepts after Chubbs informs him of the significant prize money involved.

Happy wins the local tournament and a spot on the tour, quickly becoming a fan favorite thanks to his long drives and unorthodox antics, such as asking the crowd to cheer during his swing instead of staying quiet. He also meets arrogant pro Shooter McGavin, who disapproves of his lack of golf etiquette. Though Happy has a powerful drive, his putting is terrible, and his bad behavior draws the attention of tour Commissioner Doug Thompson. Public relations head Virginia Venit convinces Thompson not to expel Happy from the tour, citing higher television ratings and attendance and new sponsorship offers; she promises to help Happy with his anger issues. With Virginia s help, Gilmore begins to improve his performance and behavior, and the two form a romantic connection.

During the Pepsi pro-am event, Happy plays poorly when Shooter hires a heckler, Donald, to antagonize him, and he and his celebrity partner, Bob Barker, get into a fistfight. Happy is fined $25,000 and given a one-month suspension from the tour, jeopardizing his chances to save his grandmother s house until Virginia secures him an endorsement deal with Subway. However, the house is put up for auction where Shooter spitefully outbids Happy. Shooter offers it to Happy on the condition that he agrees to quit golf. Happy initially accepts, but Virginia talks him out of it, telling him that his grandmother would rather see Happy be successful. Happy strikes a deal with Shooter for the upcoming Tour Championship: if Happy wins, Shooter will return the house, but if Shooter wins, Happy will quit. Happy seeks out Chubbs, who helps him improve his short game by practicing at a miniature golf course. As thanks, Happy presents Chubbs the head of the alligator that bit off his hand, but a startled Chubbs falls out of a window to his death.

Now determined to win the Tour Championship for both Chubbs and his grandmother, Happy plays well and leads at the end of the third round. Desperate to win the Tour Championship, which he has never done before, Shooter once again calls on Donald. On the final day, Happy seems unstoppable until Donald drives his car onto the course and hits Happy, who sustains a shoulder injury, impairing his long-drive ability and his focus. Shooter takes the lead, but Happy, after his grandmother arrives to tell him that the house is not important to her and she just wants him to be happy, rallies to tie Shooter after 17 holes. On the 18th hole, a television tower damaged earlier by Donald falls over and blocks the green, but Happy miraculously uses the fallen tower as a Rube Goldberg machine to sink his putt for the win. Enraged over Happy s victory, Shooter tries to steal the winner s gold jacket but is assaulted by a mob of fans, led by Happy s imposing ex-boss Mr. Larson. Happy takes back his grandmother s house, sees a vision of a two-handed Chubbs with Abraham Lincoln and the alligator waving at Happy as he waves back. He then celebrates with his grandmother, Virginia, and his caddy Otto.


  • Adam Sandler as Happy Gilmore, a high-strung former hockey player, who discovers a unique talent for golf and joins the pro golf tour to win money to save his grandmother s house. Sandler also provided the voice of the Laughing Clown.
  • Christopher McDonald as Shooter McGavin, an arrogant golfer who is one of the top stars of the Pro Golf Tour
  • Julie Bowen as Virginia Venit, a public relations director for the Pro Golf Tour who becomes Happy s romantic interest
  • Frances Bay as Grandma Gilmore
  • Carl Weathers as Chubbs Peterson, a pro golfer who was forced to retire early when his hand was bitten off by an alligator. He becomes Happy s coach and mentor to help him win the tournament championship. Weathers reprises the role in Sandler s 2000 film Little Nicky, despite Little Nicky being produced by New Line Cinema.
  • Allen Covert as Otto, a homeless man who becomes Happy s caddy for the tour. The character is unnamed in the film (although his name is revealed in a deleted scene and is listed in the end credits). Covert reprises the role in Sandler s 2011 film Jack and Jill.
  • Kevin Nealon as Gary Potter, an eccentric professional golfer who plays in Gilmore s first tournament
  • Peter Kelamis as Gary Potter s caddy
  • Richard Kiel as Mr. Larson, Happy s towering former boss
  • Dennis Dugan as Doug Thompson, the commissioner of the Pro Golf Tour
  • Joe Flaherty as Donald, an unruly fan hired by Shooter to heckle Happy
  • Jared Van Snellenberg as Happy Gilmore s caddy at the Waterbury Open
  • Will Sasso as Mover #1
  • Lee Trevino as himself
  • Bob Barker as himself
  • Verne Lundquist as himself
  • Mark Lye as himself
  • Ben Stiller as Hal L. (uncredited), the sadistic orderly running the nursing home. Stiller reprises the role as a cameo in Sandler s 2020 film Hubie Halloween.
  • Robert Smigel as IRS agent



Happy Gilmore was directed by Dennis Dugan, and written by Saturday Night Live (SNL) alumni Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. Herlihy and Sandler were roommates in college and wrote stand-up comedy together, before moving on to screenplays. After Sandler was fired from SNL in 1995, he moved on to films. He and Herlihy wrote Billy Madison (1995), which proved successful for distributor Universal Pictures. As such, Herlihy and Sandler began a new project. In an office during a brainstorming session, they came up with a high-concept premise for a film about a hockey player who smacks a 400 yard drive . Judd Apatow performed a script rewrite, although he went uncredited.

The Happy Gilmore character is loosely based on Sandler s childhood friend Kyle McDonough, who played ice hockey and would golf with Sandler as they grew up. Sandler could never hit the ball as far as McDonough, and figured that McDonough s hockey skills gave him an edge. Meanwhile, Chubbs Peterson s missing hand is an in-joke referencing actor Carl Weathers film Predator (1987), which depicts his character losing his arm. Herlihy and Sandler included any joke that made them laugh and do not remember who came up with which, although Herlihy takes credit for Shooter McGavin s I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast line. In a 1994 interview, Sandler cited the golf comedy Caddyshack (1980), a film he and Herlihy bonded over in college, as inspiration.

Former pro golfer Mark Lye served as a consultant on the script, and told Herlihy and Sandler after seeing their initial ideas, You gotta be crazy. You cannot do a movie like that. According to Lye, the initial drafts featured Happy winning the Masters Tournament: They had the green jacket. They were desecrating the USGA. Making fun of Augusta National. He suggested that Happy win a fictional tournament, and Herlihy and Sandler changed the jacket s color from green to gold. Lye also disliked the unrealistic nature of early drafts, which depicted Happy repeatedly making 400-yard drives, so he took the crew to a PGA Tour event so they could understand the atmosphere of golf. The final script, the one Lye gave approval, was Herlihy and Sandler s fifth draft.

Dugan became attached to direct through Sandler. Years earlier, Dugan had attempted to cast Sandler in one of his films, but the producers did not let him because Sandler was not well-known. A couple of years later, is big , Dugan said. I wanted to be hired to direct Happy Gilmore with him. I walk in the room, and he says: You re the guy who wanted to give me that part. I don t need to know anything else, I want to work with you. Happy Gilmore was produced on a budget of $12 million and filmed entirely at locations in British Columbia. Most scenes taking place at golf courses were filmed at Pitt Meadows at the Swan-e-set Bay Resort & Country Club, while interior shots, such as those in the broadcast booth, took place in an abandoned Vancouver hospital. Arthur Albert served as cinematographer, while Mark Lane was the set decorator. Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh composed the film s soundtrack.


Christopher McDonald declined the role of Shooter McGavin twice because he was tired of playing villains and wanted to spend more time with his family. Kevin Costner was approached but turned it down in favor of another 1996 golf-themed comedy, Tin Cup, while Bruce Campbell lobbied hard for the part. McDonald became interested in the role after winning a round of golf, and decided to take it after he met with Sandler. According to McDonald, Dugan didn t want to see the Bad Guy 101 again and gave McDonald the freedom to improvise on set.

Happy Gilmore features appearances from Richard Kiel, known for playing Jaws in the James Bond film series; Bob Barker, the host of The Price Is Right; and Verne Lundquist, a football sportscaster.

According to Lundquist, he filmed his scenes in the abandoned hospital as production wrapped. Sandler s New York University roommate Jack Giarraputo sat next to Lundquist in every shot, as Sandler wanted him to appear in the film. In 2016, Lundquist stated he still gets a monthly $34 check from the Screen Actors Guild for his appearance in the film.


Filming took place from July 6 to September 1, 1995, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Box office

Happy Gilmore was a commercial success, ranking number two at the U.S. box office on its debut weekend with $8.5 million in revenue, behind Broken Arrow. The film was made for $12 million and grossed a total of $41.2 million worldwide, with $38.8 million of that at the North American domestic box office.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, Happy Gilmore has an approval rating of 61% based on 54 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The website s critics consensus reads: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler’s schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don’t, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 31 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews. Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade B+ on an A+ to F scale.

Brian Lowry of Variety stated that The general tone nevertheless makes it difficult to elevate the gags beyond an occasional chuckle . Lowry only noted a few scenes he found inspired, including the fight scene with Bob Barker and when Happy attempts to find his Happy Place which was described as Felliniesque . Roger Ebert gave the film one and a half stars out of four, stating that Adam Sandler s character doesn t have a pleasing personality: He seems angry even when he’s not supposed to be, and his habit of pounding everyone he dislikes is tiring in a PG-13 movie . Ebert also noted the film s product placement stating that he probably missed a few, but I counted Diet Pepsi, Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Subway, Budweiser (in bottles, cans, and Bud-dispensing helmets), Michelob, Visa cards, Bell Atlantic, AT&T, Sizzler, Red Lobster, Wilson, Golf Digest, the ESPN sports network, and Top-Flite golf balls . Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a grade D+ calling it A one-joke Caddyshack for the blitzed and jaded, although he did praise Sandler s confident performance.

Darren Bignell of Empire wrote: The real surprise is that it s a lot of fun, with Sandler becoming more personable as the film progresses, and a couple of truly side-splitting scenes.

Ratings effect

The scene with Barker beating up Gilmore increased ratings for The Price Is Right among younger demographics. Barker claimed that someone in the audience asked him about Happy Gilmore almost every day. The show s producers had previously tried, but failed, to appeal to a younger demographic with a syndicated variation of the game hosted by Doug Davidson.


1996MTV Movie AwardBest Comedic Performance - Adam SandlerNominated
1996MTV Movie AwardBest Fight - Adam Sandler and Bob BarkerWon
1996Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Actor - Adam SandlerNominated
1997Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst Actor - Adam Sandler (also for Bulletproof)Nominated
1997Kids Choice AwardsBest MovieNominated

In popular culture

The film has developed a cult following in the golf community, with Golf.com, Consequence of Sound, and Golf Digest praising the film, predominantly praising the villain Shooter McGavin.

The Happy Gilmore swing, featuring a walking or running approach, is often imitated or attempted for fun, including by touring golf professionals. Three-time major champion Pádraig Harrington is particularly well known for his impression and even uses the technique in training. The TV series Sport Science has featured Harrington s Happy Gilmore swing, demonstrating how it can indeed generate additional distance, though at the cost of accuracy.

Long drive champion and professional golfer Jamie Sadlowski, also a former hockey player who can hit golf balls over 400 yards, has been called the real-life version of Happy Gilmore.

Lee Trevino regrets his appearance in the film and said if he had known how much swearing there would be in the film he would not have done it.

In 2015, Sandler and Barker reenacted their fight for the Comedy Central Night of Too Many Stars fundraiser in aid of autism charities.

In 2020, McDonald reprised his role as Shooter in the trailer for the video game PGA Tour 2K21.




Adam Sandler, Robert Simonds, Tim Herlihy


Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Rating MPA

PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

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Happy Gilmore








1h 32min


Awards, 1 win & 4 nominations


Dennis Dugan


Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler


Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen

Produced by

Bernie Brillstein, Warren Carr, Jack Giarraputo, Brad Grey, Robert Simonds, Sandy Wernick

Music by

Mark Mothersbaugh

Cinematography by

Arthur Albert

Film Editing by

Jeff Gourson, Steve R. Moore

Casting By

Joanna Colbert

Production Design by

Perry Andelin Blake, William Heslup

Art Direction by

Richard Harrison

Set Decoration by

Mark Lane

Costume Design by

Tish Monaghan

Makeup Department

Anji Bemben, Doug Morrow, L. Taylor Roberts, Fay von Schroeder, Jill Winston, Patricia Murray

Production Management

Warren Carr, Bob Dillon, Robert Hackl, Michelle Marx, Donna Smith

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Arlene L. Arnold, Wayne Bennett, Peter D. Marshall, David W. Rose, Berengaria Tomkies

Art Department

Bruno Coupe, George Cromartie, Bernie Desfosses, Roger Dole, Dave Dyer, R.D. Luther Fairbairn, Nancy Ford, Arthur A. Green, Shannon Grover, Denise Hutniak, Paul Jenkinson, John G. Kennedy, Avo Liva, Cricket Price, Mark Prior, Elmar Theissen, Bill Thumm, Glenn Woodruff, Rob Boulet, Wendy McAllister, James Steuart

Sound Department

Christopher Assells, Destiny Borden, Thom Brennan, Jeff Courtie, Chris David, Dino Dimuro, Sukey Fontelieu, Richard C. Franklin, Hilda Hodges, Alan Holly, Doug Jackson, Elizabeth Kenton, James Kusan, Mary Jo Lang, Brian D. Lucas, Paul Massey, James Moriana, Tony Negrete, Bruce Nyznik, Patrick O Sullivan, Matt Patterson, Richard Patton, Tom Perry, John Roesch, Carolyn Tapp, Vanessa Theme Ament, Scott Blynder, Jeff Hook, Magic A. Moreno, Mark Noda

Special Effects by

Tony Gardner, Lars Lenander, Clay Orr, William H. Orr, Clay Scheirer, Keith Wardlow, Doug Hudson, Tony Lazarowich, Vincent Niebla

Visual Effects by

William L. Arance, Beverly Bernacki, John Follmer, Martin Hilke, Cynthia Hyland, Katherine Kean, Laurel Klick, Jennifer Law-Stump, Steve R. Moore, Larry Stanton, Joseph Thomas, John T. Van Vliet, Tamara Watts Kent, James W. Kristoff, Dobbie Schiff, Samrod Shenassa


Guy Bews, Corry Glass, Jason Glass, Tom Glass, Alex Green, David Jacox, Ken Kirzinger, Michael Langlois, Mike Mitchell, Fred Perron, Fiona Roeske, Greg Schlosser, Dawn Stofer-Rupp, Melissa R. Stubbs, Mike Vézina, Brent Woolsey

Camera and Electrical Department

Craig Aines, Sarah Baldwin, Dana Barnaby, Gregg Campbell, Chris Cochrane, David Crone, Barry Donlevy, Chris Dyson, Derek Grieves, Einar Hansen, Tim Hogan, Greg Johnson, Christina Kasperczyk, Vince Laxton, Joseph Lederer, Michael P.R. Lemmers, Blair McDonald, Terry McEwen, Michael McLellan, Klaus Melchior, Mark Miller, Rob Parisien, Joel Ransom, Peter Reynolds, Thom Ryan, John Sanderson, Aki Shigematsu, Chris Turner, Johnny Walker, Jim Webber, Gary J. Williams, Ken Woznow

Casting Department

Michelle Allen, Sandra Couldwell, Joan Ryan, Toby Stone, Jennifer Wilson

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Christine Coutts, Jennifer Grossman, Jean Murphy

Editorial Department

Carolle Alain, Sandy Brundage, Jonathan Cates, Richard Conkling, Bonni Devlin, Jason Gourson, Claudia Morgado, Jim Passon, Sharidan Williams-Sotelo, Ryan Hogan

Location Management

Greg Jackson, Craig Young, Rick Dallago, Joel Hurley

Music Department

Tom Adams, Michael Baber, Bob Casale, Larry G. Goldman, Mutato Muzika, Kim Naves, Jennifer Pyken, Mary Ramos, Michelle Silverman, Bruce Young Berman

Script and Continuity Department

Lara Fox, Judd Apatow

Transportation Department

Gord Brennan, Don Briscoe, Jake Callihoo, Don Cox, Robert Forsyth, Earl Fry, Ed Gillis, Clarence Horkey, Dale Johnson, Keith Lapp, Carol McDonald, Red Murphy, Phil Parker, Mike Porohowski, Derek Rama, Doug Rama, Robert Smith, Rocky Zantolas

Additional Crew

Michelle Allard, George Austin, Gina Brockett, Jim Brockett, Nancy Carrow, Dusty DaSilva, Karen Day, Wayne Fancher, Fabian Galick, Rohry Galick, Russ Hamilton, Carol Hocking, Michelle Holdsworth, Philip Katsikas, Stephanie Keeler, Wendi Laski, David Richard Lewis, Drew Locke, Mark Lye, Terry Mackay, Jane McKernan, Bob Miller, Melinda Misener, Scott Pattullo, Anna-Marie Plosz, Robert Randall, Katherine Roussos, Herman Silva, Rita Smith, Glenn Thompson, Stephen Tibbetts, Brian Turko, Veronica J. Valentini, Jonathan Walker, Ally Warren, Anne Watt, Kenneth W. Yanko, Dana Dubé, Kathy Duecker, Don LaFontaine, Todd Lester, Campbell McCubbin, Klaus Melchior, Steve Woodley, Lynnanne Zager


Grandma Anna, Grandma Mollie


Comedy, Sport


Universal Pictures, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Robert Simonds Productions









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Short Description

Happy Gilmore is a 1996 American sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers a newfound talent for golf. The screenplay was written by Sandler and his writing partner Tim Herlihy, in their second feature collaboration after the previous year s Billy Madison; the film also marks the first of multiple collaborations between Sandler and Dugan. The film was released in theaters on February 16, 1996, by Universal Pictures. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, Happy Gilmore was a commercial success, earning $39 million on a $12 million budget. The film won an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for Adam Sandler versus Bob Barker.

Box Office Budget

$12,000,000 (estimated)

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