Players (1979)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  5 November 1979 (West Germany)
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A rising tennis star falls for an older woman engaged with a wealthy man she doesn't love. Will he become the next John McEnroe? Will she choose love over financial security?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris (as Dean-Paul Martin)
Pancho González ...
Himself (as Pancho Gonzalez)
Rusty (as Steven Guttenberg)
Guillermo Vilas ...
Ion Tiriac ...
Dan Maskell ...
Himself - Wimbledon BBC Tennis Commentator
Ilie Nastase ...
Tom Gullikson ...
John Lloyd ...
Dennis Ralston ...
Himself (as Denis Ralston)
Vijay Amritraj ...


A rising tennis star falls for an older woman engaged with a wealthy man she doesn't love. Will he become the next John McEnroe? Will she choose love over financial security?

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5 November 1979 (West Germany)  »

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Amor em Jogo  »

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The film's premise of a romantic love story integrated with the professional sports world of tennis was re-used later in the movie Wimbledon (2004). See more »

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Bad Movie, Wrong Release Date
26 June 2007 | by (Tucson) – See all my reviews

Agreed with other reviewers about the abysmal quality of the movie. Even Ali McGraw's beauty was insufficient to cause this movie to have any redeeming quality. Dean Paul Martin as a tennis hustler who goes on to reach the finals of Wimbledon? Please, give me break. How about a tennis hustler who goes on to have his legs broken by an upset mark?

Given all that, it seems a pity to waste one more erg of energy on this loser, but I have to disagree with the release date. I saw this film on a flight to Japan in early June of 1978. There was no way this was released in 1979. So that makes it the worst film of 1978, not the worst film of 1979. Now, I suppose that they might have test-screened the film to captive airline audiences to see if someone would be so upset as to throw themselves out of the plane rather than see the dragging conclusion - I could not say.

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