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Release Date:
5 November 1979 (West Germany) See more »
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? | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Ali MacGraw ... Nicole

Dean Paul Martin ... Chris (as Dean-Paul Martin)

Maximilian Schell ... Marco
Pancho González ... Himself (as Pancho Gonzalez)

Steve Guttenberg ... Rusty (as Steven Guttenberg)

Melissa Prophet ... Ann
Guillermo Vilas ... Himself
Ion Tiriac ... Himself
Dan Maskell ... Himself - Wimbledon BBC Tennis Commentator

John McEnroe ... Himself
Ilie Nastase ... Himself
Tom Gullikson ... Himself
John Lloyd ... Himself
Dennis Ralston ... Himself (as Denis Ralston)
Vijay Amritraj ... Himself
Jim McManus ... Himself
John Alexander ... Himself
David Pate ... Himself
Jack Pate ... Jay Cox
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Altman ... Rusty at 10

Sergio Calderón ... Truck Driver (as Sergio Calderon)
Erica Creer ... Secretary

Drew Denny ... Chris at 10
David Gilruth ... Chauffeur
Jorge Mendoza ... Himself
Rowena Roberts ... Receptionist
Paul Varney ... Boy in Loo

Ron Bottitta ... Obnoxious Drunken Teenager (uncredited)

Liv Ullmann ... (uncredited)

Tom Willett ... Tennis spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Harvey 
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (written by)

Produced by
Tommy Cook .... associate producer
Robert Evans .... producer
Arnold Schulman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
James Crabe 
Film Editing by
Randy Roberts 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
Makeup Department
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager
William Hill .... production manager: UK
Héctor López .... production supervisor: Mexico (as Hector Lopez)
Carlos Rodriguez .... unit manager: Mexico
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... second assistant director (as Scott Easton)
Jack Frost Sanders .... assistant director (as Jack Sanders)
Rimas Vainorius .... second unit director
Sound Department
Rene Borisewitz .... sound mixer
George Watters II .... sound effects editor (as George Watters Jr.)
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John Keene Wilkinson)
Don Banks .... boom operator (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Shaun O'Dell .... assistant camera
Reynaldo Villalobos .... camera operator (as Ray Villalobos)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Calvin Klein .... wardrobe: Miss MacGraw
Kathleen Moore .... wardrobe mistress: UK (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Carlos Puente .... assistant editor
Sonya Sones .... assistant editor
Fred Stafford .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Music Department
Joan Biel .... music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Carlos Reyes .... transportation coordinator: Mexico
Other crew
Joy Anzarouth .... assistant: Mr. Erickson
Justin Buehrlen .... production auditor
Cathy Chazan .... assistant: Mr. Evans
C.O. Erickson .... production executive
Pancho González .... tennis choreographer
Barbara Kalish .... assistant: Mr. Evans
Joanna Ney .... unit publicist
Wendell E. Niles Jr. .... production consultant (as Wendell Niles Jr.)
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Constance Willis .... script supervisor (as Connie Willis)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
120 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-8 | UK:A (cinema release) | UK:PG (video release) | USA:PG | West Germany:6

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Cameo: [John McEnroe]The tennis pro as himself. This was McEnroe's first film & TV credit outside of sports broadcasts.See more »


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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Bad Movie, Wrong Release Date, 26 June 2007
Author: Rob Muir (gazelam) from Tucson

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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