The Squeeze: True Life-or-Death on the Links

New Golf Movie Opens April 17

For true golf aficionados, about the only thing more pleasing than playing golf is watching it, especially if the viewing takes place inside a movie theater or on a big screen TV. So when Hollywood releases a new film about our favorite pastime—movies like Caddyshack, Tin Cup or Happy Gilmore—it’s an event, absolutely.

Next month in select markets and on premium video on demand, ARC Entertainment will release The Squeeze, a truth-based drama directed and written by seven-time Emmy Award winner Terry Jastrow—famed for his Olympic Games and major golf championship productions for ABC Sports.

The Squeeze is based on a true-life event of a small-town Texas athlete who dreams of someday qualifying for the U.S. Open. Quickly, the golfing phenom’s dreams become derailed and despoiled by easy money matches arranged by a dapper, smooth-talking, big-stakes gambler who lures him into an ill-begotten venture that brings him to Las Vegas.

Jastrow’s razor-sharp direction makes this story believable—the scenes at various golf courses and at exclusive Wynn Golf Club in Vegas are truly sumptuous. Plus, just about every cast member who plays golf in the film possesses a tour-quality swing, something few films in this genre have ever accomplished.

“I watched The Squeeze and really enjoyed it,” said Jack Nicklaus. “It’s a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you can actually believe it could happen.”

The cast is also first rate, including Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights, pictured above), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, pictured in fedora at top), Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign), Jillian Murray (Bad Ass) and Michael Nouri (The Slap).

The Squeeze is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic,” said five-time major champion Phil Mickelson. “It hooks you in the beginning, and stays interesting and entertaining right to the end.”

Look for it in theaters or On Demand beginning April 17.


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Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via


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