Tin Cup (1996)



Critic Consensus: Breezy and predictable, Tin Cup is a likeable sports comedy that benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's amiable lead performance.

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Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is a talented golf pro, who owns his own driving range. That sounds impressive, but the reality is quite different. While it's true that Roy is indeed a talented golfer and does own a driving range, it is in a tiny, unheard of Texas backwater. With almost no customers, he is likely to go broke. His golfing talents remain untapped and his life is rapidly going nowhere. To pass the time, he drinks a lot of beer with his buddies, or swings at a bucket of balls. Sometimes, he even plays real golf, and his friend and assistant Romeo (Cheech Marin) caddies for him. That's all there is for Roy, until he is wakened from his deathlike reverie by a visit from a newcomer in town, psychologist Molly Griswold (Renee Russo). Teaching her how to swing a club reminds him of feelings he had nearly forgotten. Discovering that she is the girlfriend of his old golfing rival, David Simms (Don Johnson), goads him yet further, and he returns to the PGA golf tour to compete in the U.S. Open. Maybe he'll get Molly for himself, maybe not, but in the meantime he has some things to prove to himself. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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New Line Home Entertainment

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Kevin Costner
as Roy McAvoy
Rene Russo
as Dr. Molly Griswold
Cheech Marin
as Romeo Posar
Don Johnson
as David Simms
Linda Hart
as Doreen
Rex Linn
as Dewey
Lou Myers
as Clint
Gary McCord
as Himself
Craig Stadler
as Himself
Kris Ancira
as Golden Tassel Dancer
Peter Jacobsen
as Himself
Gregory Avellone
as Man Behind the Ropes
Jim Nantz
as CBS Announcer
Ken Venturi
as CBS Announcer
Ben Wright
as CBS Announcer
Brad Britton
as Jacobsen's Caddie
Susan Cabral
as Patient in Exit Room
Frank Chirkinian
as CBS Coordinating Producer
Bill Caplan
as US Open Starter
Lance Barrow
as CBS Director
Brian Hammons
as 1st Golf Channel Announcer
Mike Ritz
as 2nd Golf Channel Announcer
Bill Costner
as Grandparent With Dog
Peter Kostis
as Golf Channel Reporter
Joe Costner
as Grandchild
Jimmy N. Roberts
as ESPN Reporter
George Michael (II)
as Sports Machine Host
Sharon Costner
as Grandparent With Dog
Arina Gasanova
as 19th Hole Waitress
Sandy Gibbons
as Local Qualifier Official
Rob Harris
as Simms' Agent
Harold G. Herthum
as Bartender
Jess King
as Guy at Bar
Nick Kiriazis
as Guy at Bar
Frederick Lewis
as Guy at Bar
Steven "Sven" Lewison
as Simms' Caddie
Allan Malamud
as US Open Reporter
Sharyn McCreedy
as Golden Tassel Waitress
Roy Del Ruth
as Local Qualifier Starter
Mike Standly
as PGA Golfer
Tom Todoroff
as Guy at Bar
Gregory Buff White
as PGA Tour Player
Kevin J. Wilson
as Mickelson's Caddie
Melissa Young
as Beautiful Blonde
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Critic Reviews for Tin Cup

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

As he always does in comedy, Costner grants an irresistible gleam of gallantry to male mulishness.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Tin Cup works for viewers of any handicap.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

The climactic game, in which Roy, in a way that defies prediction, attempts to sink the shot of his life, is the most rousing sequence of the year, a celebration of what it really means to win.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Amiable and constantly amusing rather than uproarious, this mangy tale of a ne'er-do-well's fitful assault on personal and professional respectability benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's ingratiatingly comic star turn.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Top Critic

Costner hasn't been this charming and spontaneous for years.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner as a likable loser, accomplishes the impossible, maybe the unimaginable -- it makes golf entertaining.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tin Cup

With a backdrop of light country music tunes and open dusty reaches Costner plays a cheery good ol'boy taking a shot at the big time. Can he make it? And what about the woman of his long time nemesis: will she see through to appreciate his latent awshucks charm? Predictable, yes, but not boringly, the antics of this Rocky of the fairways.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

One of the better golf films ever, and Costner's third best sports film.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


Just a usual sports movie about sports, in this movie told about golf, nothing special in it. Kevin Costner and Rene Russo just gave a light performance because it just a movie for entertaining, they don't need too good performances here, they just need the money... The story really standard using the formula from zero to hero, yet I watched the cut version of this movie so I didn't impress a lot, besides the fact that I'm not love golf sports... Just a movie for killing time...

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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