When Billie Beat Bobby

When Billie Beat Bobby

Director: Jane Anderson Cast: Holly Hunter, Ron Silver, Matt Letscher



This 2001 TV docudrama relates the story of tennis' 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" between Wimbledon champions Billie Jean King (Holly Hunter) and Bobby Riggs (Ron Silver), an event considered by many to be an early victory for feminism. Riggs, 20 years past his prime, lives to wager on anything and everything. Seeing the rise of feminism, he decides he can make some money by challenging top female players, 30 years his junior, into exhibition matches. His first choice for an opponent is Billie Jean King, but she turns him down because she is too busy organizing the members of the female tennis tour into a de facto union, and winning tennis tournaments. After Bobby defeats the number one female tennis player in the world, Margaret Court, King realizes she needs to beat him. Following months of hype in which Bobby's bluster is matched at every point by Billie's confidence, the two face off in the Astrodome before a huge live and television audience. When Billie Beat Bobby was written and directed by Jane Anderson who had previously written The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom, which also featured Holly Hunter in the title role.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
UPC: 0786936300888
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:28:00

Special Features

Dolby Digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.78:1)- enhanced for 16X9 televisions; French language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Holly Hunter Billie Jean King
Ron Silver Bobby Riggs
Matt Letscher Larry King
Bob Gunton Jerry Perenchio
Jacqueline McKenzie Margaret Court
Vincent Van Patten Lornie Kuhle
Caitlin Martin Chris Evert
Elizabeth Berridge Rosie Casals
Fred Willard Howard Cosell
Caroline Aaron Actor
Kali Rocha Actor
Maureen Mueller Actor
Patrick Kerr Actor
Michael Cavanaugh Actor
Trevor Goddard Actor
Gerry Becker Actor

Technical Credits
Jane Anderson Director,Screenwriter
Goldie Hawn Executive Producer
Elliot Paul Cinematographer
Nancy Richardson Editor
Nina Ruscio Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Billie Jean [4:42]
2. Wimbledon [4:39]
3. The Petition [4:21]
4. Ultimatum [3:16]
5. Welcome Margarita [4:43]
6. Advantage Mr. Riggs [4:14]
7. A Lot Of Money [5:24]
8. Negotiations [3:06]
9. Press Conference [7:21]
10. Let's Do It [3:53]
11. Training [3:32]
12. Split Of The Gate [3:39]
13. Arrivals [4:01]
14. Cashing In [5:03]
15. King Vs. Riggs [4:21]
16. A Message From Billie Jean King [6:11]
17. First Set [4:52]
18. The Battle [5:34]
19. It's Over [3:53]
20. End Credits [:46]

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