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The Battle of the Sexes 2017

The Battle of the Sexes

The Battle of the Sexes

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''I'm not saying women are better. I've never said that. I'm saying we deserve some respect.''

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King

  • The battle is on.

''Ladies and gentlemen, the Battle of the Sexes is about to begin. Introducing six-time Wimbledon champion, four-time women's champion of the United States, winner of the Grand Slam of women's tennis, Billie Jean King!

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Grand Slam champion and Tennis Hall of Famer, Bobby Riggs!''


In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the electrifying 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the 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 Kathryn 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, 29-year old Billie and 55-year-old Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

''After decades of fighting for gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and Title IX, Billie Jean became the first female athlete to be awarded the Presidental Medal of Freedom.''


''The script was incredible and we never imagined we would do a sports movie, but we realized that this is a sports story, it's a love story, it's a political story. It's about someone acting on their beliefs and taking a stand. We've tried to create a movie that is the intersection of all these different genres.''

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

''Billy Jean King has always been driven by social change. Tennis was really the vehicle to make that change happen because she was so great at tennis, it really gave her a voice. She couldn't have possibly known in that moment just how impactful and definitive this match was for all of women's sports history.''

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King

''BATTLE OF THE SEXES is as relevant today as it was forty years ago. I think it's an important story to tell to see how far we've come, to see how far we haven't.''

Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs

''BATTLE OF THE SEXES has many messages but they are in the same vein of truth, freedom and liberty. Allow yourself to love whoever and allow yourself to follow a passion, whatever it is. That transcends gender and race.''

Andrea Riseborough as Marilyn Barnett

''This one tennis match had such an impact on our society and so did Billie Jean King.''

Elisabeth Shue as Priscilla Wheelan

''BATTLE OF THE SEXES had such reverberations for the whole of society, which is an indication of what society was like if the fact that a woman beat a man at tennis would be a huge cultural shift. It tells you a lot about the culture.''

Alan Cumming as Ted Tinling

''By 1973, we had gone through the heavy protests of the 60s, the women's liberation movement, and many other things so there was a great sense of everything being examined. This match came up and the stakes were really high.''

Bill Pullman as Jack Kramer

''I think for so long people just accept things as they are, it doesn't occur to them that something isn't fair, or that they deserve just as much as anybody else. Gladys and Billie Jean kind stood up for equality and took a chance.''

Sarah Silverman as Gladys Heldman

''The original nine fought for women and girls so that they would always have a place to compete, to be recognized and appreciated as an athlete with their accomplishments, not just their looks, and to be able to make a living. We had to do this for the future generations.''

THE NINE - Bille Jean King

The Battle of the Sexes Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Jonathan Dayton

Valerie Faris

Writing Credits

Simon Beaufoy


Emma Stone

Steve Carell

Andrea Riseborough

Austin Stowell

Elisabeth Shue

Jessica McNamee

James Mackay

Alan Cumming

Wallace Langham

Bill Pullman

Tom Kenny

Sarah Silverman

Natalie Morales

Mickey Sumner

Martha MacIsaac

Bridey Elliott

Lauren Kline

Fidan Manashirova

Ashley Weinhold

Kaitlyn Christian

Lewis Pullman

Cooper J. Friedman

Eric Christian Olsen

John C. McGinley

Jamey Sheridan

Fred Armisen

Nancy Lenehan

Michael Chieffo

Music by

Nicholas Britell

Cinematography by

Linus Sandgren

Category: Golden Globes, Golden Globe Nominee

Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport

Countries: United Kingdom, United States

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