The story of the 1980 tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

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Janus Metz

Writer:

Ronnie Sandahl
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sverrir Gudnason ... Björn Borg
Shia LaBeouf ... John McEnroe
Stellan Skarsgård ... Lennart Bergelin
Tuva Novotny ... Mariana Simionescu
Leo Borg Leo Borg ... Young Björn Borg - Age 9-13
Marcus Mossberg Marcus Mossberg ... Young Björn Borg - Age 15+
Jackson Gann ... Young John McEnroe
Scott Arthur Scott Arthur ... Peter Fleming
Ian Blackman ... John McEnroe Senior
Robert Emms ... Vitas Gerulaitis
David Bamber ... UK Commentator George Barnes
Mats Blomgren ... Rune Borg
Julia Marko-Nord Julia Marko-Nord ... Margareta Borg (as Julia Marko Nord)
Jane Perry ... Kay McEnroe
Demetri Goritsas ... Björn Borg's Agent 1
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Storyline

It is the 1980 Wimbledon tennis championship. Bjorn Borg is the number 1 tennis player in the world and the undisputed king of Wimbledon. He has won the tournament four times in a row - a fifth consecutive time would be a world first. However, a new face has appeared in the tennis world and presents a serious threat to Borg's title hopes - John McEnroe. Written by grantss

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Some stars shine forever

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language throughout, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The cap that Björn Borg puts on in the beginning of the movie has the logo of Borg's hometown hockey team, Södertälje Sportklubb (SSK). See more »

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The net on the Centre Court for a singles game is never the doubles net used in the movie. See more »

Quotes

John McEnroe: You can't be serious! You can not be serious! The ball was on the line! Chalk flew all over, man. The chalk flew up! He saw it. That's why he's walking all over it. Everyone saw it was in. You cannot possibly call that out.
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Call Me
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"One point at a time..."
28 January 2019 | by maccas-56367See all my reviews

I felt a bit robbed after watching the recent lacklustre Australian Open final. My summer tennis fix craved something a bit more satisfactory. Coming across Borg vs McEnroe was good timing.

If possible, I think it's best going into this movie somewhat blind. I didn't know the outcome of the 1980 Wimbledon final depicted here. I had little knowledge about Bjorn Borg, and what I knew about McEnroe just consisted of temper tantrums. My lack of knowledge really helped make this film quite gripping.

Shia Lebeouf delivers perhaps his career best performance as McEnroe. He perfectly captured the attitude and personality of the man. The film has more of an emphasis on Borg's journey which is completely fine though, given he's portrayed by a captivating Sverrir Gudnason. Stellan Skarsgard rounded out what was an exceptional cast. The film really settles into a nice rhythm once coach Skarasgard teams up with the young Borg.

The rock n' roll McEnroe scenes provided a welcome contrast to the often serious, brooding scenes of Borg. I also had no idea McEnroe was so intelligent! This film is really an in depth character study that does more than just skim the surface of who each man was. The ending was fantastic and the friendship which developed between the two was surprisingly heartwarming.

Borg vs McEnroe has a very similar feel to that of Ron Howard's Rush - so if you're a fan of that, you will probably like this. Tennis fans should love this too! A very serviceable sports film.


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Finland

Language:

English | Swedish | French | Spanish | German

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borg vs. McEnroe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,625, 15 April 2018

Gross USA:

$231,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,430,165
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