Renee

Overview

In 1976, Renee Richards began competing in amateur tennis tournaments in California, and immediately made a name for herself -- a six foot, two inch tall woman in her early forties who played left handed and with unusual skill, strength and stamina was not going to go unnoticed for long. When people began asking questions about Renee, they made an unexpected discovery -- only a year earlier, Renee had undergone sexual reassignment surgery, after spending her life as Richard Raskind, an amateur tennis champ, ...
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Overview

In 1976, Renee Richards began competing in amateur tennis tournaments in California, and immediately made a name for herself -- a six foot, two inch tall woman in her early forties who played left handed and with unusual skill, strength and stamina was not going to go unnoticed for long. When people began asking questions about Renee, they made an unexpected discovery -- only a year earlier, Renee had undergone sexual reassignment surgery, after spending her life as Richard Raskind, an amateur tennis champ, surgeon, husband and father. When Renee filed suit to be allowed to play in the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament as a woman, she struck a blow for the rights of transsexuals, but she also put herself and her family into the public eye, with unexpected consequences. Filmmaker Eric Drath explores the life of Renee Richards both on and off the tennis court in the documentary Renee, in which her friends and family discuss the impact of sudden fame on her life, a number of noted players (including Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King) talk about her skills as an athlete, and Renee herself talks about her journey and her difficult relationship with her son. Renee was produced for the ESPN cable television network, and was an official selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Special Features

Interview extras; Director's interview
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • UPC: 825452507637
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Team Marketing
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,420

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John McEnroe
Billie Jean King
Martina Navratilova
Mary Castillo
Virginia Wade
Renee Richards
Technical Credits
Eric Drath Director, Executive Producer, Producer
Andy Billman Producer
Keith Clinkscales Executive Producer
Aaron Cohen Producer
John Dahl Executive Producer
James Fideler Cinematographer
Elizabeth Geist Producer
Nathan Halpern Score Composer
Brian Hartough Editor
Kate Hirson Editor
Leo Lawrence Cinematographer
Joan Lynch Executive Producer
Barry Murphy Executive Producer
Connor Schell Executive Producer
Daniel Silver Producer
Bill Simmons Executive Producer
John Skipper Executive Producer
Rachel Terry Production Manager
John Walsh Executive Producer
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Renée
   Play Film
   Bonus Features
      Director's Statement
      1976 Howard Cosell Coverage of Renée Richards
      1978 Howard Cosell Interview with Renée Richards
      Additional Interviews
         Billie Jean King
         Dr. Stephen Levine
         Dr. Richard Pleak
         Martina Navratilova
         Nicholas Raskind
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