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When Billie Beat Bobby
     

When Billie Beat Bobby

Director: Jane Anderson

Cast: Holly Hunter, Ron Silver, Matt Letscher

 
This 2001 TV docudrama relates the story of tennis' 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" between Wimbledon champions Billie Jean King (Holly Hunter) and Bobby Riggs (Ron Silver), an event considered by many to be an early victory for feminism. Riggs, 20 years past his prime, lives to wager on anything and everything. Seeing the rise of feminism, he decides he can make some

Overview

This 2001 TV docudrama relates the story of tennis' 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" between Wimbledon champions Billie Jean King (Holly Hunter) and Bobby Riggs (Ron Silver), an event considered by many to be an early victory for feminism. Riggs, 20 years past his prime, lives to wager on anything and everything. Seeing the rise of feminism, he decides he can make some money by challenging top female players, 30 years his junior, into exhibition matches. His first choice for an opponent is Billie Jean King, but she turns him down because she is too busy organizing the members of the female tennis tour into a de facto union, and winning tennis tournaments. After Bobby defeats the number one female tennis player in the world, Margaret Court, King realizes she needs to beat him. Following months of hype in which Bobby's bluster is matched at every point by Billie's confidence, the two face off in the Astrodome before a huge live and television audience. When Billie Beat Bobby was written and directed by Jane Anderson who had previously written The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom, which also featured Holly Hunter in the title role.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs resonated deeply in a country on the crest of a vast feminist movement. When Billie Beat Bobby director Jane Anderson illustrates the state of feminism in the country by equating it to women's tennis in the early '70s. The women players, dismissed because they are too beautiful (Chris Everett) and demure (Margaret Court), or too aggressive (King and Rosie Casals), are attempting to get the same pay for major tournaments as their male counterparts (a controversy that still raged in the tennis world when this movie first aired in 2001). Anderson establishes the parallels between the tennis world and the real world with great economy and skill. Holly Hunter captures the focused intensity and quick wit which made King both a world champion player, and a superb broadcaster. Ron Silver embodies Riggs' showmanship as well as his pathetic need for the spotlight. Silver could have easily made Riggs a fool, but instead he is a complex, engaging figure. The climactic tennis match works because Anderson and the actors have done such a fine job making the audience understand what this match means to Billie and Bobby as individuals, as well as what it means to the women and men of the country.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
UPC:
0786936300888
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Dolby Digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.78:1)- enhanced for 16X9 televisions; French language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Holly Hunter Billie Jean King
Ron Silver Bobby Riggs
Matt Letscher Larry King
Bob Gunton Jerry Perenchio
Jacqueline McKenzie Margaret Court
Vincent Van Patten Lornie Kuhle
Caitlin Martin Chris Evert
Elizabeth Berridge Rosie Casals
Fred Willard Howard Cosell
Caroline Aaron Actor
Kali Rocha Actor
Maureen Mueller Actor
Patrick Kerr Actor
Michael Cavanaugh Actor
Trevor Goddard Actor
Gerry Becker Actor

Technical Credits
Jane Anderson Director,Screenwriter
Goldie Hawn Executive Producer
Elliot Paul Cinematographer
Nancy Richardson Editor
Nina Ruscio Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Billie Jean [4:42]
2. Wimbledon [4:39]
3. The Petition [4:21]
4. Ultimatum [3:16]
5. Welcome Margarita [4:43]
6. Advantage Mr. Riggs [4:14]
7. A Lot Of Money [5:24]
8. Negotiations [3:06]
9. Press Conference [7:21]
10. Let's Do It [3:53]
11. Training [3:32]
12. Split Of The Gate [3:39]
13. Arrivals [4:01]
14. Cashing In [5:03]
15. King Vs. Riggs [4:21]
16. A Message From Billie Jean King [6:11]
17. First Set [4:52]
18. The Battle [5:34]
19. It's Over [3:53]
20. End Credits [:46]

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