- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 2, 2005
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Miramax
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
On September 20, 1973, the game of tennis would change forever. What began as a publicity stunt became an instant media circus and national event when Bobby Riggs (Ron Silver), an aging tennis pro and self-proclaimed chauvinist pig, challenged women's tennis champion Billie Jean King to a match--the ultimate Battle of the Sexes. Holly Hunter stars in this ABC original presentation as King, the spunky feminist who defied the traditional roles of men and women in sporting events and fought diligently for equal pay and respect. Riggs, a 55-year-old former Wimbledon champion, had hustled his way back into the sporting limelight by challenging numerous women's tennis champions as they rose to fame. After Riggs battled and beat Margaret Court (Jacqueline McKenzie), King decided to fight back, challenging him to a duel and refusing to back down despite constant verbal sparring and media sensationalism. This nostalgic look at the early 1970s, when feminism was still considered a dirty word, is drenched in the leisure-suit Day-Glo pizzazz of the period. Hunter delivers a spunky, no-nonsense performance as the tennis superstar who rose to greatness despite the chauvinism and disrespect she faced during her uphill battle. King's outspoken professionalism and clever tenacity inspired a nation of women as they battled for their rights. Silver is splendid as the slickly hyped, wily Riggs, full of fast-talking shtick as he shamelessly promotes himself to anyone who will listen.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
When Billie Beat Bobby
Academy Award(R) winner Holly Hunter (Best Actress, THE PIANO, 1993) stars as tennis legend Billie Jean King in this highly entertaining flashback to 1973's historic "Battle of the Sexes." When aging, chauvinistic tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Ron Silver -- ALI, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE) begins to challenge the world's top ladies players, King confidently rises to the test -- not for herself, but to defend the honor of women everywhere. Months of hype culminate in an epic match at Houston's Astrodome that transcends sport and captivates a massive national audience. With a great cast portraying memorable, larger-than-life personalities, this outstanding feature serves up something for everyone.
Sports Heroes / Legends / Inspirations |
- Television release (ABC): April 16, 2001.