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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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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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Vanessa Redgrave stars as Dr. Renee Richards. The man who became a champion female tennis player. A true story. See more »

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empowering and dignified
28 November 2003 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I've just read a local paper bemoaning the fact that very few films or books had been made with tennis as a central theme. I was waiting for the author to mention "Second Serve" - and the fact that he didn't proves that he must not have seen this movie.

It would be fully 15 years since it was shown here on TV, but I remember how superb Vanessa Redgrave is in the lead role (true to form - she is one of my all-time favourite actors).

Since becoming an activist in the local gay community, I have come to know personally several transgenders and to appreciate even more just how honest a representation "Second Serve" makes.

Significantly it is just this month that the Olympics governing body have declared that transgenders will be included in the next Games. I believe that Renee Richards personal strength and public honesty was the first step in achieving this statement of equity.


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