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Battle of the Sexes (Afternoon Movie)

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennismatch between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-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, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.

As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed.

And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

"A film based on a true story should have three things - strong characters, fierce conflict and a fresh angle. "Battle of the Sexes" serves up all of them."

Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News

""Battle" is most involving when it deals not with sports or society but the personal struggles both players, especially King, were going through in the run-up to the match."

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"It was personal and it was political, which "Battle of the Sexes" gets. It was also entertainment, which is where the movie really excels."

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Movie Info

directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Rated PG-13
121 Minutes

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