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The Battle of the Sexes


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The Battle of the Sexes is a 2013 documentary film on DVD, directed by James Erskine.

It was a match made in heaven: she was the darling of American tennis, an outspoken activist against sexism in sport and society; he was the charismatic, fast-talking, hustling chauvinist showman. Yet their unlikely ‘courtship’, in the midst of a social revolution, captured the imaginations of people around the world, helping to empower a generation that changed women’s sport forever.

It is September 20th, 1973, the Houston Astrodome is packed with 30,000 screaming fans. They are here to witness the most important, bizarre and downright fascinating tennis match of all time. One man versus one woman, best of five sets, a winner takes all prize of $100,000 and a global audience of 50 million people. The competitors: Billie Jean King, 29, reigning Wimbledon Champion, determined to win the right to a level playing field; and Bobby Riggs, a 55 year old former Wimbledon Champion, and self confessed male chauvinist.

Combining scintillating match footage with contemporary news reports, stylized dramatic reconstructions, and interviews with key players, journalists, fans, campaigners, academics, and historians, The Battle of the Sexes is an entertaining look at one of the most important sporting events of the 20th century.

The Battle of the Sexes Documentary Reviews:

“Nailbiting… smart, gripping and enormously enjoyable.” The Guardian

“It's early to call it, but THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a shoo-in to be one of the best documentaries of the year.” Cinephilia

“A smart, gripping and enormously enjoyable parable.” Time Out

“Anyone watching Wimbledon will only have their enjoyment of the game enhanced by this vibrant history lesson. Game, set and match.” The Observer

“It is a great story, deftly told and a wonderful testament to what an inspirational figure Billie Jean King has been.” Daily Express

“A hugely entertaining documentary that tells a colourful, fascinating story.” View London

“A witty, inspiring documentary that charts Billie Jean King's drive to put women's tennis on the map.” This is London

Release date NZ
July 10th, 2014
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  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
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Countries of Production
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Documentary
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