Tin CupAugust 16, 1996
A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 6.2/10 (21,470 voted)
Critic's Score: 60/100
Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson
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…
Writers: John Norville, Ron Shelton
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy
Dr. Molly Griswold
Golf pro. Love amateur.
Release Date: 16 August 1996
Filming Locations: Arlington, Texas, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $10,128,834
(18 August 1996)
Did You Know?
The grandparents and grandchild with a dog in the scene where Simms yells at them after asking for an autograph are played by Kevin Costner's parents, Sharon Costner and Bill Costner. The grandchild is played by his son, Joe Costner.
On the second hole of the final round, Roy bets Gary McCord he can hit it off the porta potty onto the green. His ball only gets to the fringe short of the green, but McCord pays anyway.
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
When was the last time you took a risk?
Dr. Molly Griswold:
Well, I'm with you, Roy. I'm with you.
A viewing pleasure
Every time this is on TV, I stop and watch it, with absolute
fascination. Do I play or even like golf? Hell, no. Do I care about any
sports? Hell, no. Well, except for pro wrestling, and I barely watch
that anymore as I sink into old age. What fascinates me about TIN CUP
is the delirious story and the colorful characters. Costner, not one of
my favorite actors normally, is simply brilliant as a down-on-his-luck
golf pro and Rene Russo is absolutely striking as his newfound love
interest and salvation. This is one of Russo's greatest roles, in fact.
In addition, there are two terrific supporting roles, with Don Johnson
as Costner's archnemesis and a real cad (which I suspect is how he is
in real life) and Cheech Marin as Costner's stalwart companion and
partner in tomfoolery. In fact, Costner and Marin are essentially Don
Quixote and Sancho Panza, but instead of tilting at windmills they tilt
at golf holes here. You definitely don't have to like golf to enjoy
this movie, slick and formulaic as it may be. And seeing Johnson and
Costner going nose to nose may give you the same frisson as seeing
Travolta and Willis standing elbow to elbow in PULP FICTION. Two truly
big names that you never expected to see together in one movie. Say
what you want about both Costner and Johnson (talk about lives lived to
excess), but they are both terrific in this tidy little romantic
"dramedy." This not a kiddie movie. It is a movie for adults who have
lived real lives and can relate to adult characters who have had their
share of ups and downs and can still dream.