Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

DVD - 2018
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In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs 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.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD BATT OF SE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Mar 13, 2018

Somewhat disappointing. The excellent leads, Emma Stone and Steve Carrel, are under served by a ho-hum script.

Mar 08, 2018

Battle of the Sexes is a movie about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs set against the backdrop of the Virginia Slims Tour being organized because of the lack of playing opportunities and paltry prize money available for women's tennis players. In many ways, these issues are battles women still fight today in the workplace - for gender equality and equal pay.

There are many wonderful performances in this movie, from Emma Stone's Billie Jean King bearing multiple roles of athlete, leader, and founder of what was to become the Women's Tennis Association; Steve Carrell imbuing Bobby Riggs with a nuanced humanity that his outward marketing for tennis matches against women did not allow the world to see; Sarah Silverman as a feisty Gladys Heldman; Elizabeth Shue as Riggs' long-suffering wife; to Alan Cumming as a sympathetic tennis outfit designer Ted Tinling.

The hidden gem on this DVD is in the extras with Billie Jean King's thought-provoking commentary that is well-worth watching for anyone who cares about women's rights and are fans of female athletics. For further background on the original 9 founding members of the Virginia Slims Tour and the personal risks they took in establishing their own tournaments, PBS' American Masters had a program about them that is probably available for online viewing, and is worth seeking out.


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