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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.

Director:

Jane Anderson

Writer:

Jane Anderson
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Billie Jean King
Ron Silver ... Bobby Riggs
Matt Letscher ... Larry King
Bob Gunton ... Jerry Perenchio
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Margaret Court
Elizabeth Berridge ... Rosie Casals
Vincent Van Patten ... Lornie Kuhle
Caitlin Martin ... Chris Evert
Gerry Becker ... Ted Tinling
Kathleen Gati ... Debbie the Hairdresser
Michael Mantell ... Sidney Schlenker
Kali Rocha ... Connie
Maureen Mueller ... Judith
Patrick Kerr ... Rheo
Caroline Aaron ... Gladys Heldman
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

16 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Sexes See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Rainn Wilson of "The Office" has a minor role in this film. His "Office" costar, Steve Carell, played the leading role of Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes" (2017). See more »

Goofs

The customized "Astrobus" that Bobby Riggs was chauffeured in was a 1979 or 1980 Dodge Van, which was manufactured over six years after the King-Riggs tournament in the Houston Astrodome. See more »

Quotes

Woman in Airport: Billie Jean. I just wanted to tell you that you are an inspiration to me. And if you beat Bobby Riggs, I'm gonna ask my boss for a raise.
Billie Jean King: You should ask for it anyway.
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Connections

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

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Fun, Lighthearded and Inspiring
19 September 2007 | by playgrrrllSee all my reviews

I was blithely unaware of the existence of the Battle of the Sexes until happening upon this film one evening on my way to bed.

I ended up staying awake for the whole film simply because its manner of taking classic caricatures of personality extremes and making them not only something to laugh at, but human and warm and intelligent.

I am NOT a tele movie type of gal, but this one took a hold somehow and just went from strength to strength. I will be looking for it to add to my DVD collection.

I know the whole women's lib thing was a significant event to which I should be eternally grateful etc etc, and that theme was well developed of course, but what this film really showed me is that in any situation where people are oppressed and undervalued there can be a positive, friendly and adamant attitude that can bring about real and genuine change - not just in the rules but in the attitudes of the masses, the place REAL changes occur.

I'll be looking for this film to add to my DVD collection and I'll be making sure I show my children when they are older to inspire them and prove that we are able to stand up for what we believe in without putting others down.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up!!


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