Tin Cup is a comedy, romance movie about a golfer and a girl. It was written by John Norville and Ron Shelton. Ron Shelton, known for writing and directing movies about sports, was also the director. His most famous sports film was the baseball hit, Bull Durham – 1988, which also starred Kevin Costner.
West Texas is the setting for this light-hearted chick flick, a location you wouldn’t expect for a golf movie but it works. The background music along with the presence of beer drinking, plastic swimming pools, mobile homes and the occasional appearance of an armadillo sets up a great West Texas atmosphere. You Gotta Love It!
Kevin Costner plays the laid back, fun loving, former golfer named Roy, also known as “Tin Cup,” who runs the local driving range. One day a beautiful woman, Molly Griswold, played by our featured actress, Rene Russo shows up at the range to hire Roy for golf lessons. He is instantly attracted to her and hopes the lessons can lead to romance. One minor snag … Molly has a boyfriend.
In walks Roy’s nemesis, the suave and debonair golfer boyfriend, David Simms, played by Don Johnson. He and Roy were old golfing buddies. David is in town for a local golf tournament. Roy thinks David is going to ask him to play in the tournament with him but instead, he asks Roy to be his caddie. In the next scene, the song” Crapped Out Again” by Keb’ Mo’ plays in the background, lyrics … Flat broke and busted, it just don’t seem fair … Roy ponders the offer. Considering Roy used to be a great pro golfer who lost his ambition, he is only momentarily insulted by the request. He decides he could use the money and maybe get closer to the girl so he accepts.
Roy, who never finished a thing in his life, stayed true to form and sabotaged his caddie gig by taking a shot during the televised tournament; something David said would costs him his job. Roy didn’t care. He made a shot that David missed; showing him up and David kept his word and fired him. No problem for Roy. He was feeling pretty good about his golf game and decided to try out for the upcoming U.S. Open. He signed on his side-kick and funny man, Romeo, played by Cheech Marin, to be his caddie.
To make a long story short, Roy makes it to the U.S. Open and things move along nicely from here, as does the romance between Roy and Molly. Of course, you will have to watch the movie to see what happens next. Believe me, it is fun and you’ll enjoy it … and as a bonus, you’ll get an opportunity to see another side of Texas as the movies 18th hole is actually filmed on the 4th hole of the Kingwood, Texas Deerwood course. Today, there is a plaque located at the spot where the finale of the movie took place that reads:
“The Movie “Tin Cup” was filmed at the Deerwood and Kingwood Forest Courses in 1995 – On this spot in “Tin Cup”, Kevin Costner’s character, Roy McAvoy goes for the green on the 72nd hold of the US Open which was played as a par five. When his first attempt goes in the water, he puts any hope of winning the open aside, and tries repeatedly to make the shot. He gets the crowd behind his effort and earns legend status with the gallery when he eventually gets the ball in the hole from this spot for a twelve.”
Visit http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/The-Clubs-of-Kingwood to learn more about the Deerwood Club of Kingwood, Texas.
Don Johnson was the perfect choice portraying the too good for you golf pro and boyfriend to Molly. He made it easy for the audience to root for her to dump him and hook up with Roy.
Cheech Marin, who is always a delight to watch, was a great as side-kick to Costner. Originally, the role was offered to John Leguizamo, but Cheech stepped in to do the role and I’m glad he did. It was nice to see him and Don Johnson acting together again. If you remember they were both in the early 1980’s television series, Nash Bridges.
I found it interesting that Costner, who often portrays an all American guy, made most of his own golf shots in this movie. He was pretty good at it, too. He trained with Gary McCord who wrote the book, Golf for Dummies. Gary McCord had a cameo appearance in the film as did PGA Tour pro Peter Jacobsen who played himself.
Over all Costner’s acting was the same as in every other movie he’s in, same type character – uncomplicated. And of course, as always, he is nice to look at. If you’re a Costner fan, you won’t be disappointed. My only complaint was his Texas accent was awful.
Fun Flick Finds:
1. What brand of glove is Molly wearing during her golf lesson?
2. What is the name of the business where Molly works?