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When Billie Beat Bobby (2001)

The historic 1973 tennis match between middle-aged champion Bobby Riggs and young feminist Billie Jean King.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Larry King
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Jerry Perenchio
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Lornie Kuhle
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Chris Evert
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Ted Tinling
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The historic 1973 tennis match between middle-aged champion Bobby Riggs and young feminist Billie Jean King.

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It's not just the size of your racquet. It's The Way You Swing it.

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements
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16 April 2001 (USA)  »

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Battle of the Sexes  »

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

1980s and 1990s Houston Astros division Pennant flags are seen hanging in Astrodome. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Riggs: I'm like a tiger gettin' ready to spring!
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Connections

Remade as Battle of the Sexes (2017) See more »

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Fast moving and fun .....
11 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

"When Billie Beat Bobby" is a fast moving fun movie. Even though the outcome is known, this is such an uplifting film that the journey is what it's all about. Ron Silver is terrific as the constant hustler, Bobby Rigggs, and Holly Hunter more than adequate as his adversary. Make no mistake this movie belongs to Ron Silver, because he absolutely nails his character. Throw in the always interesting Bob Gunton and Fred Willard, and it is easy to see why "When Billie Beat Bobby" is so entertaining. I did not find the overplaying of womens lib to be distracting, as it was the critical motivation for the match to be played. This is worth seeking out, even if tennis is not your game. - MERK


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