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Battle of the Sexes (2017)

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The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

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Simon Beaufoy
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Stone ... Billie Jean King
Steve Carell ... Bobby Riggs
Andrea Riseborough ... Marilyn Barnett
Natalie Morales ... Rosie Casals
Sarah Silverman ... Gladys Heldman
Bill Pullman ... Jack Kramer
Alan Cumming ... Cuthbert 'Ted' Tinling
Elisabeth Shue ... Priscilla Riggs
Eric Christian Olsen ... Lornie Kuhle
Fred Armisen ... Rheo Blair
Martha MacIsaac ... Jane 'Peaches' Bartkowicz
Lauren Kline Lauren Kline ... Nancy Richey
Mickey Sumner ... Valerie Ziegenfuss
Fidan Manashirova Fidan Manashirova ... Judy Tegart Dalton
Jessica McNamee ... Margaret Court
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Storyline

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms ... Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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He made a bet. She made history.


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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of the Sexes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,450, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,638,526, 21 December 2017
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In 1973, Billie Jean King was 29 and Bobby Riggs was 55. At the time of filming, Emma Stone was 28 and Steve Carell was 54. See more »

Goofs

When Billie Jean is lying in bed, talking about how she couldn't afford a tennis dress as a kid, she's wearing glasses, but close-ups reveal contact lenses in her eyes. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Riggs: You and me, Billie Jean. Three sets, five sets - your choice.
Billie Jean King: Are you drunk, Bobby?
Bobby Riggs: No, of course not. How about this: "Man vs. Woman". "Male Chauvinist Pig vs Hairy-Legged Feminist".
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Crazy Credits

The 1930's recording of the 20th Century Fox fanfare is used on the opening Fox Searchlight logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Man with a Plan: Battle of the Sexists (2017) See more »

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Grazing in the Grass
Written by Philemon Hou
Performed by Hugh Masekela
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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When Billie Beat Bobby was much better and 30 minutes shorter
17 September 2017 | by newchristmasdreamsSee all my reviews

The only thing that this film has that the television didn't is a bigger budget and not hiding Billie's sexuality. The screenplay is mediocre and doesn't really capture the 1970's. The television film also has much better actors and better screenplay.

Both films deal with the sexism the was women had to endure more in the 1970's. However this film does show that women were getting 1/2 the money men were getting playing the same sport.

Emma Stone is fine in the role of Billie. Steve Carell has makes a caricature out of Bobby Riggs and not really show his "human side". Yes Bobby was a real life cartoon but for a film that runs 30 minutes longer than its television counterpart it could of done a better job.

If you are looking for a good film to watch KEEP LOOKING


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