Happy Gilmore

Continuity mistake: In the final golf scene at the 18th hole, the media tower falls in front of Happy's ball. When he decides to use the tower to help his ball go in the hole, watch the heads of the members of the audience. Happy hits his ball and the members of the audience are watching the ball and following it as it makes its way down the tower. It is natural that their heads will go left, right and down as they follow the ball. However, a few times, it is shown that their heads even go up, as if they are following the ball upwards. Clearly nothing can naturally move up on its own. Plus, it's only shown that the ball is going down, or to the sides.

Continuity mistake: When Happy autographs the girl's chest and then the film cuts as he autographs the old lady's chest his name on the girl's chest is different to how he wrote it. (00:45:57)

Continuity mistake: Notice when Happy goes to get the ball from the 'gator, you can see someone nudging the mouth with a golf club to keep it open from a different angle from where Happy is standing. They must have trained a gator to keep his mouth open with a ball by nudging his mouth.

Continuity mistake: When Chubbs tells Happy "you're gonna concentrate on golf," in the shot from the front he starts bringing his left arm out from behind his back. We then cut to a shot from behind him and both arms are still securely held behind him.

Jon Sandys

Continuity mistake: When they are playing in the Michelob Invitational, Shooter McGavin's caddy is wearing the vest for the Visa Everglades Open. The flag (in the hole) also shows this same event. They play another tournament before they get to the Everglades.

Factual error: Considering Happy lives on an upper floor, his apartment complex must have the world's fastest elevator. His girlfriend leaves him and is down by the front door in less than 15 seconds.


Continuity mistake: When there is the small explosion when the car hits the radio/satellite tower, you can tell that it was filmed after the car itself crashed. The car was positioned, and the explosion was set off, so there is no movement in the car, even though it should still be shaking from the impact.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Happy and Bob Barker are fighting, it is obviously rainy. Yet a few times when there's a shot of Bob alone, the background behind him is a bright, sunny day.

Continuity mistake: When Happy swings the club at the beginning (and astonishes the two men), watch his arms. In one shot, he's holding the club with both hands, and in the next, he's only using one arm.


Continuity mistake: At the 18th hole when the television tower collapses you can see a man in an orange t-shirt and jeans jump off onto the floor. However in the next shot (it is quite quick so you might have to watch carefully) the same man is just jumping off and is still in the air rather than on the floor. (01:23:35)

Continuity mistake: During the final golf tournament it is obvious that some scenes were shown out of order. When Happy tells Shooter "Somebody learned how to putt," he's wearing the Subway shirt. A couple of shots later he's wearing a blue golf shirt. A little bit later the announcer says that it is the end of day 1, so I doubt he would have changed his clothing in the middle of the day. Also, when it is supposed to be the next day, he's wearing the Subway shirt again.


Other mistake: At the begining when Happy and his dad are at the hockey game, his dad gets hit with the puck. But a second later the camera glass breaks.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the scene where Happy is talking about the being a good shot with a nail gun, he covers his eyes and shoots Mr. Larson in the head, but when it shows Happy he has the gun behind his back.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mr. Larson bends Shooter's golf club, the camera shot from behind Larson shows him bending the club until both ends of the club are parallel. But in the next shot, from in front of Larson, the club is not bent as much as in the shot before.

Continuity mistake: When Happy hits the ball during the bet with the two movers, we see a point of view shot of the ball traveling towards a house. When we get a shot of the owner of that house being hit, it's a different house.

A l e x

Continuity mistake: When everyone's chasing Shooter, after he steals Happy's jacket, there's a closeup of Mr. Larson. To his right, there's a guy in a dark blue shirt. When it cuts to a wideshot of everyone, you see the guy in the blue shirt, but you don't see Mr. Larson.

Revealing mistake: When the car hits Happy you can see the flack jacket used to perform this stunt underneath his shirt. (01:14:07)


Continuity mistake: In the final tournament, Happy's caddy puts the ball down on the green where the (fully intact) cracker is, then picks up the cracker to take a bite. When we see him up close, there is suddenly a small bite already taken out of the cracker before he bites into it.

Matty Blast

Continuity mistake: At Happy's first tournament (the one he goes to with Chubbs), when Chubbs does the 'it's all in the hips' motion there is a lake behind him and Happy. However, when Happy then hits his ball and we see the overhead shot from the ball's point of view, we can see that there's no lake anywhere near them - it's just a green fairway.

Happy Gilmore: I'm stupid. You're smart. I was wrong. You were right. You're the best. I'm the worst. You're very good-looking. I'm not attractive.

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Trivia: Bob Barker got paid more for his little bit in the movie than Virginia did for the whole thing.

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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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