Happy Gilmore

Happy Gilmore (1996)

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Corrected entry: After Chubbs died, Shooter told Happy "You killed a golf legend." But in the first tournament, when Shooter was a special guest, neither him or any of the other participants never bothered to notice Chubbs. If he was such a legend, why had all those people who obviously knew a lot about golf ignored him ?

Corrected entry: In the scene where happy has a bet with the repot men he hits the golf ball and we see a bird's eye view of its travels. It appears to travel an awful distance when in fact, but as we see in the next clip, it only travels to the end of the street.

Correction: This is a common filmmaking technique used to show a particular action or sequence dramatically stretched out for emphasis. When done this deliberately it doesn't even qualify as a "deliberate" mistake.

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Corrected entry: When Happy hires the homeless man as his caddy, you can see that he has two shoes on. Then later, Happy states that he only has one shoe on.


Correction: The time when Happy hires the caddy and when he tells them that he only has one shoe are two different scenes.

S. Ha

Corrected entry: When Happy goes to his "happy place", it shows Chubbs playing the piano. He puts both of his hands up to show Happy that he has his hand back. However, the music is still playing even though Chubbs' hands aren't on the keys.


Correction: That's kind of the joke. It's his "Happy Place" where, like a dream sequence, anything can happen. Not a mistake.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, Grandma asks Happy, "Who are you waving at?" Watch Virginia's lips - she mouths the words along with her.

Matty Blast

Correction: This is not necessarily a mistake - there's no reason why they couldn't have both been asking the same question, especially since they would have been questioning Happy's odd behaviour which they both saw.

Corrected entry: If Happy has enough money to bid on his Grandmother's house then he has enough money to pay the back taxes to the IRS and stop the auction. Also, the IRS only cares about the taxes, anything bid over the tax amount is returned to the owner. Happy could bid a million dollars and win, at which point he'd have to pay his own Grandmother, something we can probably assume she wouldn't sue him for, given their relationship.


Correction: Except that the IRS gives a specified time to pay the taxes. IE, if the taxes are not paid by such and such a date, the auction will proceed. Happy didn't have enough money by the deadline, but did have enough once the auction started. The IRS would take the taxes owed out, and any money over the amount would go to the owner, however, the person purchasing the house can still force her to move out. Any bid at an auction is legally binding and would have to be paid. There are laws against this, and laws against bidding on your own property (or property of a friend or family member) to jack the price up.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Happy and Virginia are on the skating rink, Happy makes a bet with Virginia to make a shot into the goal. Happy throws down the puck before he skates over to get the hockey stick. After stating the bet, Virginia says, "Really?" and there is a shot of Happy throwing the puck again on the ice (or at least you hear it hitting.) Why does he need two pucks?

Correction: Happy never acts like he is throwing the puck again towards the ice, the noise you are hearing is Virginia placing the hockey stick flat against the ice.

Corrected entry: Happy bets Virginia she cant get a goal in the hockey rink. She shoots this puck and it shows it slowly making its way through the goalies crease and then switches camera angle. The puck is now 10 feet away from the net and goes through the crease a 2nd time.

Correction: They're just showing the same event from a different angle. Like in action movies when we see the same explosion three times.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Happy is making his final, winning shot (18th hole), there are a couple of camera shots of the audience watching the ball bounce off of various objects before going into the hole. Everyone in the audience is moving their heads in unison, with the exception a young girl in the front, who, instead continuously stares directly into the camera.

Correction: I've seen a lot of times where kids aren't interested in what is going on around them, and won't be doing exactly what the adults are doing. If she's not interested in watching the ball, she wouldn't watch it.

Corrected entry: When Happy is driving his grandma to the nursing home the mista mista lady jumps on the car. Happy makes a reaction of hitting the breaks and you can hear the tires screeching to a halt. But in the next shot you can see the car is still moving when the lady is on the hood.

Correction: Even though Happy seemed surprised that the mista mista lady hopped on his car, he screeches and it sounds a little bit like tires screeching but it is not, you can see that the car didn't stop, in fact the car is still moving when he throws the food at the lady.

Corrected entry: When the tower falls right in front of Happy's ball, you can see that everything falls off. However, a news camera seems to be bolted to the tower because it dose not even budge when the tower is falling.

Correction: That's because it is, in fact, secured to the tower. Standard safety procedures require that all persons as well as heavy equipment must be secured above certain heights to prevent falling injuries. These can be either falling from a high point, or being struck by falling debris.


Corrected entry: When Happy first goes to his happy place, his grandma hits three cherries on the slot machine. In the next scene when she is throwing the coins up, you can see that the slot machine is not on three cherries.

Correction: But since this is all a daydream by Happy anyways, he can imagine it any way he wants, as dreams are not bound by the normal rules.


Corrected entry: When the moving guy loses the bet to Happy, he owes him 40 dollars. He only hands him one bill. The bill he hands him doesn't even look like a twenty either.

Correction: Actually, the moving guy does hand Happy more than one bill, but he's holding one of them in his other hand. It's folded up, so it's harder to see, but it's there.

Corrected entry: During a musical montage scene where Happy is driving ball after ball, you can see the balls being pulled up his shirt by a wire.

Correction: It's not the golf ball going up, it's actually the golf tee and it's not going up his shirt. The tee sometimes flies up when you tee off.

Corrected entry: When Happy is putting on the eighteenth hole, and the structure begins to fall, he turns to look at it while still remaining bent over in 'putt position'. However, in the next shot (which is a wide angle view), he is standing up straight.

Correction: Although bent over, he peeks up and moves upright slightly in the close shot, so there's no reason he couldn't stand upright in the moment we only are shown the tower falling.

Benjamin Tiffany

Corrected entry: In the the scene when the caddy tells him that the green slopes slightly left, happy tells him that it only looks that way because he is missing his shoe. The problem is that he is missing his left shoe. If he is missing his left shoe then it would appear that the green slopes to the right.

Correction: From the caddy's point of view, being without his left shoe would mean that he would be tilted left, so the ground would look tilted left also.

Benjamin Tiffany

Corrected entry: Chubbs has a wooden right hand, but it's so clear that Carl Weathers is just holding it with his real hand from inside the sleeve. That arm is much longer than the other.

Correction: I think this obvious effect is done for humor. You can oftentimes make out the bulge of Weather's fist inside his sleeve. And note at the end of the movie when Shooter thinks he's about to win the gold jacket he tells Virginia, "In case you were wondering my jacket size is 44 long, and my right arm's just a little longer than my left."

Benjamin Tiffany

Corrected entry: Right before the clown scene, Happy is destroying the little signs. Then it shows that guy shaking his head. He is putting away from the clown hole in the opposite direction.


Correction: He probably attempted all the holes - we're just not shown them. After destroying the signs he would have gone to the next hole, but that's wouldn't necessarily be the clown one. The clown hole is just the next one we see Happy attempting.

Corrected entry: When Shooter sees Mr Larsson for the first time, Mr Larsson takes a club out of his bag, bends it, and says its a nine iron when it is clearly a wood.

Correction: Mr Larson is not a golfer, so he probably wouldn't know which club is which. He just says the nine-iron line to scare and taunt Shooter.

Corrected entry: After the fight with Bob Barker, he goes to subway, he has a cut on his forehead, after that scene ends the cut disappears for the rest of the movie.

Correction: There's at least two or three weeks between the scene in Subway and the next scene with his grandma - he's suspended for one month but when he tries to buy the house back he's playing in the championship in a week's time. Three weeks is plenty of time for a cut to heal, and it's certainly not going to reappear after that.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie he is not taken onto the hockey team. After he is hustling at the driving range he goes to toughen up. As he is toughening up, Chubbs unplugs the machine. The kid tries it, but he never plugged it back in and the machine still manages to work. (00:15:10)

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Question: In the movie, when you see Happy's dream (happy place) for the second time, you see Shooter "eat" Grandma's tongue, however, in the TV version, that part is cut out, why? There's nothing bad about that part.

Answer: Maybe not to you but to a lot of people a scene in which Shooter graphically makes out with a elderly woman is a little disturbing, not something to be broadcast for children to see.

Nick N.

Answer: I tried to find if a specific reason was given, but couldn't. However, movie studios provide the edited version of films for television and airlines. Removing this scene (or this scene and whatever else was cut) probably would have given "Happy Gilmore" an MPAA rating of "PG", making it more suitable to broadcast. (Of course, this is 90's MPAA standards, and if "Happy Gilmore" was released today, it might get a "PG" rating and not "PG-13.) Additionally, scenes are also cut for time, so the version that was broadcast might have been for time and not content. Studios will also include deleted scenes (often not available on home release versions) into the broadcast version to ensure the film is long enough if too many scenes have to be cut.


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