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Television movie about the events leading up to the 1972 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that put women's sports on the map.The "Battle of the Sexes" was a sociological event that fed on the burgeoning women's liberation movement of the time. Bobby Riggs, one of the greatest tennis players of his day, had won at Wimbledon in 1939. Some 30 years later, he managed to keep his name in the news by becoming a shameless tennis hustler and the unofficial poster boy for male chauvinism, fueling his reputation by challenging and defeating one of female tennis' brightest stars in order to denigrate women's tennis. When Riggs beat number-one-ranked female star Margaret Court, he declared himself "the champion of women's tennis." Billie Jean King had no choice but to accept his challenge. The event drew 50 million television viewers. In three straight sets, King triumphed over Riggs, changing forever the world of women's tennis and all women's sports.
Vince Van Patten
Lamar P Smith
Jonathan Daniel Brown
Roy L Jones
Rory Knox Johnston
Jennifer Brandon King
Donald W Krafft
Francis J Pezza
Billy J Smith
Philip Von Alvensleben
Gary D Walker
Released in United States on Video August 2, 2005
Aired in United States April 16, 2001
Aired in United States August 2, 2005
Began shooting November 6, 2000.
Completed shooting December 6, 2000.
Previous working title: "Battle of the Sexes."