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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billie Jean King
... Bobby Riggs
... Marilyn Barnett
... Rosie Casals
... Gladys Heldman
... Jack Kramer
... Cuthbert 'Ted' Tinling
... Priscilla Riggs
... Lornie Kuhle
... Rheo Blair
... Jane 'Peaches' Bartkowicz
Lauren Kline ... Nancy Richey
... Valerie Ziegenfuss
Fidan Manashirova ... Judy Tegart Dalton
... Margaret Court
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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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$515,450, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

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$12,638,526, 21 December 2017
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The real Bobby Riggs' coach Lornie Kuhle, who is played in the film by Eric Christian Olsen, makes a cameo appearance in the film during the Riggs / Court match. He also acted as consultant and tennis coach for Steve Carell. See more »

Goofs

While Billie Jean King was having an intimate relationship with Marilyn Barnett during the "Battle of the Sexes", Barnett was not a hairdresser King met by chance. Barnett was King's secretary. See more »

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Billie Jean King: I'm not saying women are better. I've never said that. I'm saying we deserve some respect.
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The Fox Searchlight Pictures and TSG Entertainment logos are redone in period-appropriate styles. See more »

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References The Battle of the Sexes (2013) See more »

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What Is Life
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When Billie Beat Bobby was much better and 30 minutes shorter
17 September 2017 | by See 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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