In 1973, the 55-year old Bobby Riggs (a former #1-ranked men’s tennis player) and 29-year old Billie Jean King (highly ranked on the women’s tennis circuit) played a match to see whether a man, even at his age, could beat a top flight woman player.
Battle of the Sexes is the story of both the match and the stories behind the scenes.
Battle of the Sexes will be in theaters on September 22nd.
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.
In Theaters September 22, 2017
Directed by: Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton
Produced by: Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Robert Graf
Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Jessica Mcnamee, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham, Matt Malloy
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