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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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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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$12,561,251 (USA) (21 November 2017)
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This is the first time Emma Stone and Martha MacIsaac have worked together since Superbad (2007). 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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Me, Myself and I
Words and Music By Winfred L. Lovett
Performed by Norma Jenkins
Courtesy of Carnival Records
By Arrangement with Westwood Music Group
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Excellent film
18 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Battle of the Sexes was an enjoyable and well made film.

Emma Stone showcases how she is an accomplished actress by portraying Billie Jean King in this film. She looked stunning and very much the part. Steve Carrell does a great job as the outspoken, jovial and outrageous Bobby Riggs. Two great Tennis players were displayed in a great battle based on true events. From the stellar performances, story, directing and great soundtrack this film hits it out of the park. It also had an important message of equality and advancing the rights for all. Billie Jean King was a unique case for this as a female who was unique in many respects.

To the haters who disliked this face off and pointed out that Billie Jean King beat a retired 55 year old man, I guess you missed the point. It posed the question that perhaps she, the top female player, should play the current top male player instead. Which logically would lead to her, a woman, actually being good enough and on the same length as a man if she should be compared to him. Regardless of who would win or lose, equality and fairness should exist such as the same prize money. Great performances, this film was a treat to watch and was engaging all the way through. Arguably one of the best films made this year.

8/10


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