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Borg vs. McEnroe (2017)

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


Janus Metz


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 ... 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


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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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Swedish | French | Spanish | German

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


SEK 65,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,113,354, 26 April 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Björn Borg and John McEnroe met in a total of 14 matches between 1978-1981. See more »


Scene early in the movie when Borg arrives at a hotel in a car prior to the 1980 Wimbeldon. He arrives to find paparazzi & a mob of fans waiting for him. The photographer has a Canon T-90 camera - but this camera was not released until 1986. See more »


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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I wanted a tennis film, and yep, I guess that's what one would be like.
30 March 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

The ultimate problem is this is just one big commercial, not a work of complex and nuanced cinema. Borg v McEnroe. Its point is there is no difference between the two, the one hides his emotion, the other doesn't. Shia as McEnroe is a method performance and you don't doubt it for a moment; we know he is that character already, being petulant and spoiled but driven. But it mostly focuses on Borg who is stoic, ironically more American in ethic. The arc is that Mc doesn't have outbursts in the finals which makes the crowd respect him. Somehow that reads. You feel proud of him for not screaming and behaving like a regular human being. They even milk out the moments he wants to shout, and they're expecting it, and he doesn't. Okay but that's comic, not the entire summation of his character? ...Right? Basic human decency? It felt silly and childish. While Borg's arc seems to be he wants to be free from this torture. He is horrible to his girlfriend, his coach, and not redeemed. Of course movies present hard workers as a cancer to everybody around them. Meaning both halves of the story are joyless and don't want to be there and hate every minute of this. It all makes the film both powerful to the gladiatorial war of tennis and the sacrifice of achieving greatness, but also very depressing. But...I wanted tennis films and yep, that's probably what one would be like. (One part I liked was the fiance pressing Borg about wedding matters and he tells her he can't think about that right now; when, with the same energy he could just give her an answer. I have so been there.)

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