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
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In real life Billie Jean King's brother was a star athletic. He is former Houston Astro pitcher Randy Moffitt. He also pitched for the San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays. See more »
In scene with cheerleaders, Bobby's T-shirt says "CHAUVENIST." The correct spelling is "chauvinist." See more »
Cuthbert 'Ted' Tinling:
Now I have to ask, do you really intend to inflict blue suede shoes on ninety million members of the viewing public?
Billie Jean King:
If they're good enough for Elvis, they're good enough for me.
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The Fox Searchlight Pictures and TSG Entertainment logos are redone in period-appropriate styles. See more »
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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