5 Golf Movies That Tee Off At Greatness

Saturday, July 7 by Steve Silverman

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There's nothing like playing 18 holes of golf on the weekend after a tough week at work. Sometimes that round of golf on Saturday or Sunday will keep you motivated to get everything done at work so you can play without guilt. Yeah, right! If you have no work-related guilt, your wife will certainly have plenty for you as you disappear for 6 hours to hit a small ball with long sticks. Hollywood has not ignored the glory of golf. Here are 5 golf movies that tee off at greatness and that you must see.

 

"Pat and Mike" (1952)

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Pat Pemberton (Katherine Hepburn) is one of the top women's golfers in the world. She can dominate the competition and assert herself in any tournament — except when her boyfriend comes around and she gets weak in the knees. Sports agent Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy) understands her problem and tries everything in his power to get her to the top of the golf world despite her penchant for falling apart when it matters most.

 

"Dead Solid Perfect" (1988)

This under-the-radar film is based on the stellar novel by former Sports Illustrated writer Dan Jenkins. In this look at life on golf's minor league tour, Kenny Lee (Randy Quaid) is desperate to win so he can qualify for the PGA tour. While he has had this goal for a long time as well as the "potential" to make it, Lee goes through frustration after frustration as he tries to earn his tour card. The movie also shows how life is less than glamorous when you are trying to climb the ladder in pro golf.

 

"Tin Cup" (1996)

Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is a long way from his days on the pro tour. They are seemingly over and he is reduced to running a roadside driving range. However, McAvoy still has the dream of winning the U.S. Open burning inside him and would like nothing better than to win the tournament so he can stick it to rival David Simms (Don Johnson) and impress Simms' girlfriend Molly (Rene Russo). As usual, Costner performs like a first-class athlete when playing golf — it's his acting that's questionable.

 

"Happy Gilmore" (1996)

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Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is a violent hockey player who  picks up golf clubs and discovers he has a penchant for hitting the ball a long way with a slapshot-type swing. When golf coach Chubbs (Carl Weathers) gets a hold of Gilmore and imbues him with confidence, he decides to play so he can win money on the tour that will help his grandmother (Frances Bay) hold on to her house. Gilmore has a hard time letting go of his violent tendencies and perhaps the movie's best scene is when TV host Bob Barker gives Gilmore a memorable beating.

 

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	The best golf movie ever made, hands down, no doubt about it. Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) is a crude but fun-loving developer who has his eye on snobbish Bushwood <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/country/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Country</a> Club. Czervik's boorish manner offends Judge Elihu Smails (Ted Knight), a prominent member of the club. The two rivals engage in a golf match with a large wager attached and when Czervik injures himself and can't continue — "My arm; it's broken" — caddy Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) steps in and takes his place. Course groundskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) and enigmatic club member Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) have many scene-stealing moments, as does Smails' niece Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan).</p>
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