When Billie Beat Bobby

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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.

Cast

Holly Hunter
as Billie Jean King
Ron Silver
as Bobby Riggs
Matt Letscher
as Larry King
Bob Gunton
as Jerry Perenchio
Jacqueline McKenzie
as Margaret Court
Elizabeth Berridge
as Rosie Casals
Caitlin Martin
as Chris Evert
Fred Willard
as Howard Cosell
Gerry Becker
as Ted Tingling
Michael Mantell
as Sidney Schlenker
Jack Hallett
as Jackie Barnett
Vincent Van Patten
as Lorne Kuhle
Patrick Kerr
as Rheo Blair
Caroline Aaron
as Gladys Heldman
Kali Rocha
as Connie
Jill Brennan
as Mrs. Moffett
Michael Kavanagh
as John Moffett
Emma Cline
as Billie (age 11)
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  • Feb 12, 2013
    Enjoyable retelling of a seminal event in the women's movement towards equality is made stronger by having a well cast Holly Hunter and Ron Silver in the leads.
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