Wimbledon

Wimbledon

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Director: Richard Loncraine

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

     
 

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Directed by Richard Loncraine, Wimbledon follows the plight of aspiring tennis-star Peter Colt (Paul Bettany), whose bad luck seems to manifest itself just about everywhere. Professionally, Peter is near the very bottom of the world tennis ranks, and personally, he can't find love despite his best efforts to do so. In a rare turn of events, however, Peter isSee more details below

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Directed by Richard Loncraine, Wimbledon follows the plight of aspiring tennis-star Peter Colt (Paul Bettany), whose bad luck seems to manifest itself just about everywhere. Professionally, Peter is near the very bottom of the world tennis ranks, and personally, he can't find love despite his best efforts to do so. In a rare turn of events, however, Peter is chosen as a wildcard to play at Wimbledon, the tennis world's most prestigious competition. While there, he meets American tennis ingénue Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst), and his confidence on the court and off improves tenfold as he falls further in love with her. Driven by his newfound luck, Peter climbs to the top of the tournament players at record speed, until he actually has a fighting chance of winning the men's singles title -- the question is whether or not his good fortune will hold out long enough for him to get the trophy.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The fluffy, feel-good romantic comedy may have gone out of style years ago, but nobody told the filmmakers who persist in revivifying the genre with seemingly endless variations. In the case of Wimbledon, casting alone seems to have done the trick. British actor Paul Bettany -- Russell Crowe's costar in both A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander -- exhibits a certain hangdog charm as a former tennis champ competing, with little enthusiasm, at his final Wimbledon tournament before shuffling off the court to become the resident pro at a posh London club. Kirsten Dunst plays a top-seeded American challenger who takes a fancy to the dour but personable has-been. A romance blossoms, but the young woman's ambitious father (Sam Neill) does his best to quash the relationship, lest it distract his daughter at this crucial moment. There is, we admit, a certain predictability to the story's outcome, but it doesn't proceed exactly according to precedent: You may think you always know what's about to happen, but don't be too sure. Bettany and Dunst make an appealing couple of the "opposites attract" type; his character's laid-back style complements her character's hard-charging, go-get-'em spunkiness. The tennis sequences are extremely well choreographed and edited, and it's obvious that both stars worked their tails off to look credible on the court. Wimbledon is not the sort of movie that makes an indelible impression, but it is the sort to which many viewers return whenever they're in the mood for something fun and frothy.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An underrated romantic comedy that triumphs thanks to the power of its canny casting and a script that, while leaning too heavily on the work of Richard Curtis for inspiration, nevertheless succeeds in creating tension, humor, and what the screenwriting gurus call "rooting interest." Director Richard Loncraine is to be congratulated for letting the genuine chemistry between leads Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst play itself out onscreen. The scenes that work best are those that feature the lovers lobbing verbal volleys back and forth, Tracy-and-Hepburn style; they prove what Curtis' Notting Hill (1999) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) already taught us: there are few situations better designed to inspire dazzling dialogue than a stubborn, obsessive American arguing with a witty, fatalistic Brit. Meanwhile, the plot point-driven, "rom-com" cliches, such as her possessive father (Sam Neill, trying to swap his inherent affability for a Machiavellian quality but instead ending up seeming just sort of cross) or her arrogant boyfriend, are instantly forgettable, and the filmmaker smartly minimizes their impact. It may be derivative, but Wimbledon (2004) is a grand slam.
Dallas Observer - Gregory Weinkauf
The movie is smart, funny, romantic, and rousing.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Carrie Rickey
A slick comedy that's more fun than it has any right to be.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/2004
UPC:
0025192583728
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
28,567

Special Features

Wimbledon: A look inside ; Welcome to the club; Ball control; Coach a rising star and more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirsten Dunst Lizzie Bradbury
Paul Bettany Peter Colt
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Dieter Prohl
Jon Favreau Ron Roth
Sam Neill Dennis Bradbury
Austin Nichols Jake Hammond
James McAvoy Carl Colt
Bernard Hill Edward Colt
Eleanor Bron Augusta Colt
Robert Lindsay Ian Frazier
John Barrett Himself
Kyle Hyde Monte Carlo Opponent
Celia Imrie Mrs Kenwood
Penny Ryder Mrs Littlejohn
Annabel Leventon Mrs Rossdale
Amanda Walker Country Club Tennis Lady
Marina Morgan Hotel Receptionist
Barry Jackson Danny Oldham
Beti Sekulovski Lizzie's 1st Opponent
Vikas Punna Ajay Bhatt
Abhin Galeya Vijay
John McGlynn Bookmaker
Jonathan Timmins Ball Boy
Martin O'Brien Reporter 1
John Warnaby Reporter 2
Tam Hoskyns Reporter 3
Peter Cartwright Elderly Man in Lift
Eve Pearce Elderly Woman in Lift
Murphy Jensen Ivan Dragomir
Jeremy Child Fred Pilger
Cecilia Dazzi Billi Clementi
Ulla Dirscherl Van Zeller Sophia Eri
Jesse Loncraine Tennis Player
Kellie Shirley Betting Shop Girl
Gemma Catlin Betting Shop Girl's Friend
Alun Jones Tom Cavendish
Simon Greenall Chauffeur
Laura Morley Lizzie's 2nd Opponent
Danny Baker Radio London DJ
Hamed Madani Pierre Maroux
Rebecca Dandeniya Arliyia Rupesindhe
Samantha Bond TV Reporter
Laurence Kennedy TV Interviewer
Alan David Doctor Taylor
Helen Blatch Mrs Biggins
Chris Moyles Radio 1DJ
Azucena Duran Dorchester Maid
Gareth Llewelyn Dorchester Bellhop
Geoffrey Leesley Dorchester Doorman
Barry-Lee Thomas Umpire - Final
Ryan McCluskey Outside Broadcast Director
Mary McCormack Peter and Lizzie's Daughter
Thomas Blore Peter and Lizzie's Son

Technical Credits
Richard Loncraine Director
Andy Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Effects Associates Special Effects
Andy Bennett Stunts
Raphaël Benoliel Production Manager
Tim Bevan Producer
Veronica Brebner Makeup
Matthew Bristowe Producer
Adam Brooks Screenwriter
Pat Cash Consultant/advisor
Liza Chasin Producer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Martin Cook Asst. Director
George Cottle Stunts
David Daniels [countertenor] Asst. Director
Sara Desmond Production Manager
Humphrey Dixon Editor
Eric Fellner Producer
Jennifer Flackett Screenwriter
Andy Godbold Stunts
Paul Gooch Makeup
Christine Greenwood Makeup
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Jeremy Johns Production Manager
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
John King Art Director
Julia Laderman Makeup
Irene Lamb Casting
Mark Levin Screenwriter
David Livingstone Executive Producer
Begona Lopez Producer
Kim McGarrity Stunts
David Morgan Camera Operator
Brian Morris Production Designer
James O'Dee Stunts
Alexander Oakley Asst. Director
Mike Proudfoot Camera Operator
Mary Richards Producer
Sean Savage Camera Operator
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
David A. Stephenson Sound Mixer
Louise Stjernsward Costumes/Costume Designer
Elizabeth Tagg Makeup
Julie Thom Makeup
Noriko Watanabe Makeup
Richard Whelan Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Number 119 (Main Titles) [7:51]
2. Checking In [4:51]
3. The English Wild Card [7:05]
4. Getting Good Game [5:42]
5. Serving Mush [6:17]
6. Misrepresentation [8:36]
7. Winning Team [7:05]
8. Sticking to the Game Plan [6:06]
9. Double Fault [:01]
10. Love Is Zero [5:06]
11. Spreading the Word [6:54]
12. The Duel [5:17]
13. Pep Talk [5:39]
14. Center Court [4:31]
15. Advantage Point [6:49]
16. End Titles [4:52]

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