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Tin Cup (1996)

DIRECTOR Ron Shelton
STARS Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin

The last in Ron Shelton's long line of unashamedly adult (by which we mean mature rather than flesh-flashing) examinations of the male sporting psyche, Tin Cup shares a spry sensuality, wry dialogue and Kevin Costner with Bull Durham. But where that was a true love triangle, this is very much focused on the sheer mind-fucking solo grind of a golf pro's life. Yes, Rene Russo is the love interest, a psychiatrist charged with finding Tin Cup's erratic mojo, but the real love interest here is golf itself: that endless pursuit of Zen, that moment when ball, swing, club and man are one and the same. Tin Cup may not be as funny as Happy Gilmore or Caddyshack, but it's ten times truer, and when it swings, it soars into the distance.
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Golf
THE PLAYERS
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy, David Simms
DOCUMENTARY?
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DEFINING MOMENT
Tin Cup's big meltdown at the US Open. To win, all he needs to do is lay up, short of a water hazard. But strange things happen in a golfer's head, and so Tin Cup - prideful, stubborn, determined not to beaten even if it means, ultimately, not winning - plays into the water again, and again, and again, in search of that perfect shot.
KEY TACTICS
Working on the long game...
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler


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