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Players (1979)

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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Anthony Harvey
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ali MacGraw ... Nicole
Dean Paul Martin ... Chris (as Dean-Paul Martin)
Maximilian Schell ... Marco
Pancho González ... Self (as Pancho Gonzalez)
Steve Guttenberg ... Rusty (as Steven Guttenberg)
Melissa Prophet Melissa Prophet ... Ann
Guillermo Vilas Guillermo Vilas ... Self
Ion Tiriac Ion Tiriac ... Self
Dan Maskell Dan Maskell ... Self - Wimbledon BBC Tennis Commentator
John McEnroe ... Self
Ilie Nastase Ilie Nastase ... Self
Tom Gullikson Tom Gullikson ... Self
John Lloyd John Lloyd ... Self
Dennis Ralston Dennis Ralston ... Self (as Denis Ralston)
Vijay Amritraj ... Self
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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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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Real-life tennis star Pancho González had a major role in this film playing the tennis coach. González also choreographed the tennis match sequences. See more »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 25 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »

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Game - Set - Match
1 January 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After seeing Players I'm convinced this film might have been originally meant for Vincent Van Patten who has never made up his mind whether he prefers tennis or show business more. For some reason Van Patten might not have been available so another Hollywood tennis player with a bigger box office name was obtained for the role of the young tennis hustler who gets involved with a slightly older woman mistress of an international business tycoon.

So Dean Paul Martin, son of Dean Martin was given the hustler role opposite Ali McGraw and Maximilian Schell. The film was produced at Paramount by Robert Evans who was married to McGraw at the time and laid a huge international egg.

Putting it bluntly, Dean Paul Martin while he looked real good in shorts simply isn't an actor. Both Ali McGraw and Maximilian Schell just buried the young man on the screen. Not to say he couldn't have developed over time into an actor, he did have a certain presence on the screen. But I suspect the bad reviews probably soured him on a film career.

The story is told in flashback with Martin having finally made the championship round at Wimbledon as an unseeded player. In between the shots of the game, we are told the story of the triangle and how the relationship with McGraw turned his life around.

I will say this in young Mr. Martin's favor, next to him tennis great Pancho Gonzalez looked bad as an actor. Gonzalez played Martin's coach and as an actor Gonzalez was a great tennis player.

We all know about young Dino's tragic death flying jets for the Air Force reserve in Nevada. Would that a better film be some kind of living epitaph for him.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiel mit der Liebe See more »

Filming Locations:

Wimbledon, London, England, UK

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,896,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,896,094
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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