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Players (1979)

A rising tennis star falls for an older woman engaged with a wealthy man she doesn't love. Will he become the next John McEnroe? Will she choose love over financial security?

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Anthony Harvey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ali MacGraw ... Nicole
Dean Paul Martin ... Chris (as Dean-Paul Martin)
Maximilian Schell ... Marco
Pancho González ... Himself (as Pancho Gonzalez)
Steve Guttenberg ... Rusty (as Steven Guttenberg)
Melissa Prophet Melissa Prophet ... Ann
Guillermo Vilas Guillermo Vilas ... Himself
Ion Tiriac Ion Tiriac ... Himself
Dan Maskell Dan Maskell ... Himself - Wimbledon BBC Tennis Commentator
John McEnroe ... Himself
Ilie Nastase Ilie Nastase ... Himself
Tom Gullikson Tom Gullikson ... Himself
John Lloyd John Lloyd ... Himself
Dennis Ralston Dennis Ralston ... Himself (as Denis Ralston)
Vijay Amritraj ... Himself
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A rising tennis star falls for an older woman engaged with a wealthy man she doesn't love. Will he become the next John McEnroe? Will she choose love over financial security?

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiel mit der Liebe See more »

Filming Locations:

Wimbledon, London, England, UK

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John McEnroe: The tennis pro as himself. This was McEnroe's first film and television credit outside of sports broadcasts. See more »

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ABC edited 25 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »

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Bad Movie, Wrong Release Date
26 June 2007 | by gazelamSee all my reviews

Agreed with other reviewers about the abysmal quality of the movie. Even Ali McGraw's beauty was insufficient to cause this movie to have any redeeming quality. Dean Paul Martin as a tennis hustler who goes on to reach the finals of Wimbledon? Please, give me break. How about a tennis hustler who goes on to have his legs broken by an upset mark?

Given all that, it seems a pity to waste one more erg of energy on this loser, but I have to disagree with the release date. I saw this film on a flight to Japan in early June of 1978. There was no way this was released in 1979. So that makes it the worst film of 1978, not the worst film of 1979. Now, I suppose that they might have test-screened the film to captive airline audiences to see if someone would be so upset as to throw themselves out of the plane rather than see the dragging conclusion - I could not say.


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