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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 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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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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The Battle of the Sexes  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,450, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,638,526, 21 December 2017
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Trivia

Five of the supporting cast members are sketch comedy veterans. Steve Carell was a writer and cast member of The Dana Carvey Show (1996). Sarah Silverman and Tom Kenny were cast members of Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995). Fred Armisen was a cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975) and a cast member/writer/producer of Portlandia (2011). Chris Parnell was a cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975). See more »

Goofs

When Billie Jean is lying in bed, talking about how she couldn't afford a tennis dress as a kid, she's wearing glasses, but close-ups reveal contact lenses in her eyes. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Riggs: I'm the ladies number one. I'm the champ. Why would I lose?
Billie Jean King: Because dinosaurs can't play tennis.
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Crazy Credits

The Fox Searchlight Pictures and TSG Entertainment logos are redone in period-appropriate styles. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Call It Love
Written by Edward 'Sonny' Bivins (as Edward J. Bivins)
Performed by The Pretenders
Courtesy of Carnival Records
By arrangement with Westwood Music Group
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Absolute Liberal Feminist Trash
2 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

You will want to hurt yourself if you watch this movie. It is so untrue and suggests ridiculous things about the human race that separates us instead of uniting. This actually made me lose some hope in all of us. This movie had very little character development aside from describing Billie Jean King in a strong liberal political view. The entire movie suggests it is a true story, but it makes up many ridiculously exaggerated events and quotes.


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