Wimbledon

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Overview

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 ing?nue Lizzie Bradbury ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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

The movie is smart, funny, romantic, and rousing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/28/2004
  • UPC: 025192583728
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,293

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
Danny Baker Radio London DJ
John Barrett Himself
Helen Blatch Mrs Biggins
Thomas Blore Peter and Lizzie's Son
Samantha Bond TV Reporter
Eleanor Bron Augusta Colt
Peter Cartwright Elderly Man in Lift
Gemma Catlin Betting Shop Girl's Friend
Jeremy Child Fred Pilger
Rebecca Dandeniya Arliyia Rupesindhe
Alan David Doctor Taylor
Cecilia Dazzi Billi Clementi
Azucena Duran Dorchester Maid
Abhin Galeya Vijay
Simon Greenall Chauffeur
Bernard Hill Edward Colt
Tam Hoskyns Reporter 3
Kyle Hyde Monte Carlo Opponent
Celia Imrie Mrs Kenwood
Barry Jackson Danny Oldham
Murphy Jensen Ivan Dragomir
Alun Jones Tom Cavendish
Laurence Kennedy TV Interviewer
Geoffrey Leesley Dorchester Doorman
Annabel Leventon Mrs Rossdale
Robert Lindsay Ian Frazier
Gareth Llewelyn Dorchester Bellhop
Jesse Loncraine Tennis Player
Hamed Madani Pierre Maroux
James McAvoy Carl Colt
Ryan McCluskey Outside Broadcast Director
Mary McCormack Peter and Lizzie's Daughter
John McGlynn Bookmaker
Marina Morgan Hotel Receptionist
Laura Morley Lizzie's 2nd Opponent
Chris Moyles Radio 1DJ
Martin O'Brien Reporter 1
Eve Pearce Elderly Woman in Lift
Vikas Punna Ajay Bhatt
Penny Ryder Mrs Littlejohn
Beti Sekulovski Lizzie's 1st Opponent
Kellie Shirley Betting Shop Girl
Barry-Lee Thomas Umpire - Final
Jonathan Timmins Ball Boy
Ulla Dirscherl Van Zeller Sophia Eri
Amanda Walker Country Club Tennis Lady
John Warnaby Reporter 2
Technical Credits
Richard Loncraine Director
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
Andy Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Pat Cash Consultant/advisor
Liza Chasin Producer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Martin Cook Asst. Director
George Cottle Jr. 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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Wimbledon: A Look Inside
      Welcome to the Club
      Ball Control
      Coach a Rising Star
      Feature Commentary With Actor Paul Bettany and Director Richard Loncraine: On
      Feature Commentary With Actor Paul Bettany and Director Richard Loncraine: Off
      Trailer
      DVD-ROM
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 DTS
      Spoken Language: Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Language: Feature Commentary With Actor Paul Bettany and Director Richard Loncraine
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyable!

    I am not a sports a person, but I love this movie. I only knew a little bit about tennis from high school gym class, but I was biting my fist in anticipation throughout the movie. Plus Paul Bettany is a beast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pleasantly surprised

    This is one of those movies that I was convinced would not fly for a couple of reasons: first of all, how could a film that takes Wimbledon as its title ever do the tournament and the sport justice- that is without becoming dryly boring through a documentary-like approach? Secondly, and related to the first reason, how could a romantic comedy which would be at all entertaining fit into that same context? Well- guess what? They pulled it off. Director Richard Loncraine, who confesses that he not only is not a tennis tournament fan but also knows very little about the sport, was able to strike a nice balance between scenes containing light romance, action and comedy. Likewise, the pace of this film is refreshing - maintaining a focus on the Wimbledon event while avoiding the temptation to get bogged down in the mire of either technical jargon or antiseptic analysis that might confuse or discourage the viewer. Loncraine is aided in his effort by a solid script full of wonderfully witty lines in a story that, although is predictable enough, still keeps you attentive for each new scene. But the most important reason this movie works is the outstanding performance of Paul Bettany as Peter Court, an almost over-the-hill British tennis pro simply seeking to go out with dignity in his last hurrah. His convincing, self-effacing portrayl keeps you rooting for him throughout- even when he seems to have failed to do so himself. His attraction to and chemistry with Kirsten Dunst, cast well as the over-confidant young American female star on the rise, is just as believable. No less impressive, however, is the excellent supporting work turned in by Sam Neil, Jon Favreau, and especially Jon McAvoy as Bettany's mischievously doubting but ultimately loyal brother. Rounding out the wise selection of cinema players, the producers decided, thankfully, not to use the distraction of any real-life tennis stars, save for the cameos by John McEnroe and Kris Evert who provide a bit of spice playing themselves as TV commentators. I came to this with a very skeptical eye, expecting to find formula and pap. Call me a softy, but I instead was treated to a charming little film that gently but firmly puts the in-your-face, Rocky-types in their place. It was a pleasure to watch (more than once).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No lack of “love” for Wimbledon!

    I have always found tennis an interesting and fun sport. However, deciding to go see Wimbledon I have to say was for Kirsten Dunst, because she is my favorite actress. Kirsten did a brilliant job playing a famous tennis player and I can definitely see her as one in real life because she looks like one and she has the energy. Kirsten’s acting portrayed a lot of youth and I like that she went for the gold. The other actors in the movie preformed very well too, though the screenwriter could have developed the characters a little further to make them seem more interesting. For example, Peter’s brother in the movie didn’t have a big part, yet he didn’t seem to have personality at all. I think that his character could have had a bigger part and this would have held my attention more. The storyline overall was really good and I enjoyed the on-and-off romance between Peter and Lizzie. In the end, the finals tennis match will surely keep your attention until the credits. There were people in the theater occasionally “cheering” and “booing” when the tennis match was on. In tennis “love” is scored as “0”, but there is no lack of “love” for Wimbledon! I think that this was a good movie and if you enjoy tennis and romance then this movie is one to see!

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