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Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

Sep. 22, 2017 121 Min.
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Emma Stone isBillie Jean King
Billie Jean King
Steve Carell isBobby Riggs
Bobby Riggs
Andrea Riseborough isMarilyn Barnett
Marilyn Barnett
Sarah Silverman isGladys Heldman
Gladys Heldman
Bill Pullman isJack Kramer
Jack Kramer
Alan Cumming isTed Tinling
Ted Tinling
Elisabeth Shue isPriscilla Riggs
Priscilla Riggs
Austin Stowell isLarry King
Larry King
Natalie Morales isRosie Casals
Rosie Casals

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in Battle of the Sexes, The film dramatizes the events leading up to the 1973 match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Robert Larimore Riggs (Steve Carell), and their personal lives. King and Gladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman) confront Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman) who has announced a tennis tournament where the top prize for women is one-eighth of the men’s prize, despite equal ticket sales. King and Heldman threaten to start their own tour but Kramer won’t alter the terms, citing the inferiority of women’s tennis. He later expels the women who join the new tour from the Lawn Tennis Association. The womens’ tour struggles until Heldman wins a lucrative sponsorship from Virginia Slims cigarettes. Billie Jean begins an affair with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough), her hairdresser, threatening her marriage to Larry King (Austin Stowell).

Meanwhile, Riggs’ marriage to the wealthy Priscilla Wheelan (Elisabeth Shue) is in trouble because of his addiction to gambling. Thrown out of his house when he can’t conceal a Rolls Royce he won in a tennis bet, he hits upon the idea of a challenge match against the top woman player, boasting that even at age 55 he can beat any woman. King declines, but Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee), who recently beat King in a match, accepts. Riggs easily defeats Court and King decides she has to accept his challenge, but demands a final say as to the arrangements. King trains intensely, while Riggs relaxes. King objects to Kramer as a game announcer, threatening to not play unless he withdraws, which he does. After a slow start, King wins the match.

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Original title Battle of the Sexes
TMDb Rating 7.2 241 votes

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