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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 & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Opening Weekend USA:

$515,450, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,638,526, 21 December 2017
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The film sugarcoats Billie Jean King's love affair with Marilyn Barnett. In 1981, Barnett sued King, invoking the palimony law, and nearly destroying King's career. It took years for King to rebuild what she'd lost. See more »

Goofs

While Bobby Riggs is watching television in the Rolls-Royce, he passes channels showing Mary Tyler Moore and Kojak. Both shows were on CBS, but on different days, and neither was in syndication in 1973. See more »

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Bobby Riggs: No offense. You're still a feminist, right?
Billie Jean King: No, I'm a tennis player who happens to be a woman.
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The 1930's recording of the 20th Century Fox fanfare is used on the opening Fox Searchlight logo. See more »

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

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Joy
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Tom Parker and Clive Scott
Performed by Apollo 100
Courtesy of Start Entertainments Limited
By arrrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services LLC
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Great performances by Emma Stone and Steve Carell

Funny to see all those offended over a simple biographical drama crying sexism and politics. Too bad those can't simply enjoy a great film with great acting and directing. It was an interesting story told very well. 8/10 from me


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