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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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Gladys Heldman
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Jack Kramer
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Cuthbert 'Ted' Tinling
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Priscilla Riggs
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Lornie Kuhle
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Rheo Blair
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Jane 'Peaches' Bartkowicz
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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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29 September 2017 (USA)  »

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$515,450 (North America) (24 September 2017)
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Trivia

Emma Stone has admitted that she is not very skilled at tennis. See more »

Goofs

In two Los Angeles scenes in a glass elevator, a logo for consulting company KPMG is clearly visible on a building in the background, in the center of the frame. KPMG was created in 1987, when KMG merged with Peat Marwick. The building, now called KPMG Tower, was constructed in 1983. See more »

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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 Aloha (2015) See more »

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If I Dare
Written by Sara Bareilles and Nicholas Britell
Performed by Sara Bareilles
Produced by Sara Bareilles and Nicholas Britell
Published by Tiny Bear Music (ASCAP) administered by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Lake George Entertainment LLC (ASCAP) administered by MRD America Music, T C F Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
Sara Bareilles performs courtesy of Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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Good battle!
11 October 2017 | by (Miami, Fl) – See all my reviews

The directing duo team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris played a nice game of doubles in helming the true-based story "Battle of the Sexes" into cinematic screens. The film is based on the infamous tennis match in the early 70's between sweetheart female lib tennis great Billie Jean King and the male chauvinistic retired Hall-of-Famer Bobby Riggs. But the movie is much more than that, it also stages themes of gender equal rights, estranged marriages, sports management, and scores as a LOVE letter to the early 70's. Emma Stone serves up another ace performance, here as King. Steve Carell was a bit outlandish, but still returned serve with a sound performance. The film also had an advantage of very good supporting performances from Elisabeth Shue as Riggs' wife, Sarah Silverman as King's manager, and Andrea Riseborough as King's lesbian lover. "Battle of the Sexes" matches up quite right, and was not "rigged". Give it a try! **** Good


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