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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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Jane Anderson

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Jane Anderson
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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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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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Canada | USA

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English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

16 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Sexes See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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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

[on a petition for equal pay]
Rosie Casals: Hey, Margaret. You gonna help us out here?
Margaret Court: [chuckles nervously] Oh, uh I just really don't care about the money. Besides, Barry has enough for both of us.
Rosie Casals: Well, I care, and I don't have a friggin' Barry.
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Remade as Battle of the Sexes (2017) See more »

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Great fun!
21 June 2001 | by WendyOh!See all my reviews

What a nice surprise this little movie was, superbly directed- by a woman, no less- a rousing story of 'the battle of the sexes'. Holly Hunter proves once more that she's one of the best actresses around, and Ron Silver is great too. In fact all the cast did a great job. Filled with hilarious touches like the colour schemes of the 70's and some very bad hair and sideburns. Definitely a gem!


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