Forty-four years ago, another such event gripped the nation: the Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs tennis match, framed by Riggs as a test of whether women could compete with men. One critic with unique insight — Billie Jean King herself — agrees.
The movie is released in France on 22 November Watch trailer here. Based on a true event, the historical tennis match in September 20,Battle of the Sexes is released just in time as a moral support for fighters and believers in gender equality among the increasing allegations of sexual harassment around the world.
Newspaper readers knew that the year-old King was wolfing down 3 Musketeers bars and vitamin E, while Riggs, 55, was devouring fistfuls of vitamins and bushels of avocados. They knew which theme songs had been chosen for the event: "Conquest," from an old Tyrone Power movie, for Riggs, while King's choice, "I am Woman," would be performed live by Helen Reddy. Riggs and King, however, remained curiously secretive about what they would wear.
The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.
The tennis match the world was watching this week in was a long time coming and is now the subject of a movie with Emma Stone and Steve Carell, out Fridaybut it was over relatively quickly. Riggs was 55 and King, at the prime of her career, was And the result of that difference was quickly clear, as the magazine noted:.
Open if male and female champions were not paid the samewhich led to the Open becoming the first major tennis tournament to offer equal prize money. The Battle of the Sexes began, as expected, in an over-the-top fashion. However, he quickly learned that he was in for a much tougher contest than he had with Court, as King continually kept volleying shots past an out-of-shape Riggs en route to winning the first set 6—4.
Sometimes, societal change comes in the aftermath of powerful street protests. Other times, it comes accompanied by horns, dancers and outrageous costumes in a spectacle worthy of an end-of-times bonanza. We get a glimpse of the latter proceedings in Battle of the Sexesa movie about the simultaneously real and surreal matchup between tennis Hall of Famers Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggsstarring Emma Stone and Steve Carell in period-appropriate hairdos and athletic ensembles.
About 90 million people watched Billie Jean King take on self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig Bobby Riggs in the titular game, which was less a tennis match than a seismic sociological standoff. This dramatisation revisits those carnivalesque events in splendidly springy fashion, achieving the quadruple grand slam feat of being emotionally engaging, politically intriguing, dramatically gripping and frequently very funny. We open inwith the year-old King Emma Stone at the top of her game, feted as the most successful female tennis player of all time.
InBillie Jean King and Gladys Heldman confront Jack Kramerwho has organized 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. While the women's tour struggles during its early days, Billie Jean begins an affair with Marilyn Barnett, her hairdresser, threatening her marriage to Larry King.