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The Battle of the Sexes (2013)

A look at the events leading up to the 1973 tennis match between retired men's champ Bobby Riggs and the current women's Wimbledon winner Billie Jean King.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billie Jean King ... Herself
Virginia Wade ... Herself
Lornie Kuhle Lornie Kuhle ... Himself
Bobby Wilson Bobby Wilson ... Himself (archive footage)
Cliff Richey Cliff Richey ... Himself
Julie Heldman ... Herself
Rosemary Casals Rosemary Casals ... Herself (as Rosie Casals)
Gloria Steinem ... Herself (voice)
Chris Evert ... Herself
Larry King ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. King)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage)
Bobby Riggs ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

It was a match made in heaven: she was the darling of American tennis, an outspoken activist against sexism in sport and society; he was the charismatic, fast talking, hustling chauvinist showman. Yet their unlikely 'courtship', in the midst of a social revolution, captured the imaginations of people around the world, empowered a generation, and changed sport forever. Written by Anonymous

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The inside story of how a champion battled to change the world See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »
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English

Release Date:

26 June 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Sexes See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)
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The dramatic feature film covering the same story and subject matter was made and released about four years after this feature-length documentary debuted and the movie almost had the same title except for the definite article [See: Battle of the Sexes (2017)]. See more »

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A pleasant surprise
25 January 2014 | by marklear-1See all my reviews

When I saw this documentary, I expected a story leading up to the famous tennis match (still the most watched tennis match) between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, and that certainly happened. What I was not expecting was that this film was so thoroughly researched and put together. A very informative selection of actual interviews and voiceovers led us through the years leading up to "the match" and then afterwards right up till now. There are even short excerpts of other material which were very clever. I especially liked the little animation - watch out for it. In Melbourne (Australia) this was released onto just one screen, but it deserves more. The writers certainly had an obvious agenda, but that did not detract from the viewing experience for me. A very good addition to our stock of historical feature length documentaries.


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