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Second Serve (1986)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  13 May 1986 (USA)
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Fact-based story about tennis pro Renee Richards, whose player status was challenged in 1976 when it was revealed that she was a transsexual. Flashback to 1964 and meet Richard Radley, a ... See full summary »

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Richard Radley / Renee Richards
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Dr. Beck
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Josh
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Gwen
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Meriam
Richard Venture ...
Dr. David Radley
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Dr. Roberto Granato
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Dr. Sadie M. Bishop
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Dr. Harry Benjamin
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Bill
Nina van Pallandt ...
Danielle (as Nina Van Pallandt)
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Gene Scott
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Ross
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Nightclub singer
Ray Girardin ...
Grigsby
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Fact-based story about tennis pro Renee Richards, whose player status was challenged in 1976 when it was revealed that she was a transsexual. Flashback to 1964 and meet Richard Radley, a successful New York doctor with a great lifestyle, a flashy girl friend, and a secret life. Seems like the good doctor likes to dress up in women's clothes and visit Manhattan. His psychiatrist mother refuses to deal with him and sends him to a colleague who diagnoses with a psychotic gender confusion, which he says can be unlearned. After a failed marriage and fatherhood, he gives in to the transsexual operation and becomes Renee for good with a new life in California. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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He made the most drastic change a man can make. He became a woman. This is his story and hers. See more »

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Virtuoso performance by Redgrave carries above-average TV flick
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Ms. Redgrave is no less than stunning as Richard. This is so much the case that when she finally won her hard-fought battle to become Renee, I was worried that she'd have a hard time passing as female. Her performance really grabbed me that much. The supporting cast is also very professional, and they wisely defer to Redgrave's presence in every scene. This film walks the line between the clinical and the emotional better than any other I have seen on the subject including the recent TransAmerica. There can be no greater fighting for the dignity of one's soul than when the world insists that your apparent gender is true but you are certain it is a lie and that you really can never life your own life until you correct that lie.


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