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It's the 21-year anniversary of 'Happy Gilmore' release
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 9:21 a.m.
Today, February 16, 2017, marks the 21-year anniversary of the golf-themed movie "Happy Gilmore" starring Adam Sandler.
The flick, which rolled in $41.2 million at the box office (and was shot with a $12 million budget) portrays Happy Gilmore (Sandler's character) as a failed hockey enforcer who turns to golf to make enough money in hopes of keeping his beloved grandmother out of a nursing home.
You already knew that, though. "Happy Gilmore" is most well-known for its laugh-out-loud moments -- like Gilmore's fist fight in a pro-am with Bob Barker; any scene with the evil Shooter McGavin; Chubbs Peterson, the pro who was forced to retire early when his hand was bitten off by an alligator, and has the great mini-golf scene teaching Gilmore to putt; and Ben Stiller, the mean orderly at Gilmore's grandmother's nursing home, who forces the elderly to knit sweaters and blankets.
For the 20th anniversary of the movie in 2016, www.vh1.com compiled some fun facts you may not have known. Among our favorites:
- Kevin Costner was the producers’ first choice to play Happy Gilmore antagonist Shooter McGavin. He passed in order to make his own well-regarded (and very different) 1996 golf comedy, Tin Cup.
- Christopher McDonald almost turned down Shooter McGavin as well, because he’d become tired of playing villains. After meeting Adam Sandler and realizing how funny the film would be, he came on board. McDonald has since said it was one of the very best moves of his career.
- Francis Bay, who plays Happy's beloved Grandma, is familiar to Seinfeld fans as the bakery customer who Jerry mugs for a marble rye while snarling, "Ah, shut up, ya old bag!"
Here are a few of our favorite scenes from "Happy Gilmore" including the famous driver swing, which you're lying if you say you haven't attempted: