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FILM OPENS: September 29, 2017

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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.

  • Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Country: UK
  • Genre: Comedy | Sport
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 02:02:00
  • imdb Score: 3.9/10 (121 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue
"The outcome is widely known, but the backstory proves boisterously entertaining — and incredibly well-suited to the current climate, as King was both fighting for her gender and exploring her sexuality in 1973, when the widely publicized face-off happened."
Peter Debruge - VARIETY

"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

"Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton move beyond the ready-made charisma of the serve-and-volley shenanigans to offer a contextualized portrait of the closet-lesbian King and her fight against sexism and the social mores of the time."
Brad Wheeler - GLOBE AND MAIL