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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$515,450, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

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$12,638,526, 21 December 2017
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Trivia

Emma Stone was initially cast as Billie Jean King, but scheduling issues forced her to pass on the role. Brie Larson was ultimately tapped to replace Stone. After a few months, Larson dropped out. After Stone's schedule was cleared, she was able to take back the role. See more »

Goofs

Recreated TV coverage of Bobby Riggs's big matches use the Arial typeface, a cheap knockoff of Helvetica (and similar typefaces) introduced in the 1990s. 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

Referenced in Man with a Plan: Battle of the Sexists (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Dare
Written by Sara Bareilles and Nicholas Britell
Performed by Sara Bareilles
Produced by Sara Bareilles and Nicholas Britell
Sara Barreilles performs courtesy of Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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Emma Stone and Steve Carell
5 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

really shine. It is a pity that Carell and Stone did not play do a movie with a more distinct script. The plot of the Battle is much too thin to take me away. Feminist fight for equal rights is always a bit obscure, if it is connected to people who are already famous and can do what they want, anyway. Make a feminist movie of e.g. a cleaning woman in the 60's and I am sure Emma Stone could make another Oscar performance.


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