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The Battle of the Sexes

The Battle of the Sexes
  • 2013
  • US/UK
  • 83 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: James Erskine/Victoria Gregory
  • UK release: 26 June 2013

Documentary on the lead-up to Billie Jean King's 1973 tennis match against former men's champion Bobby Riggs, who, aged 55, declared he could beat any woman in the world.

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The Battle of the Sexes

‘I wasn't just playing for myself. This was for everybody.’

Tennis star and women's rights activist Billie Jean King won a total of 39 Grand Slam titles, but the biggest match of her career took place in 1973 against former men's champion Bobby Riggs, a self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig who declared that, even at the age of 55, he could beat any woman in the world. A rousing and hugely enjoyable documentary with a great soundtrack.

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The Battle of the Sexes

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