In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Writers: Simon Beaufoy
Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
Reigniting the Rivalry
This is a standard behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, with comments from Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton; Producers Christian Colson and Robert Graf; stars Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Fred Armisen, Eric Christian Olson, Andrea Riseborough, Martha MacIsaac, Natalie Morales, Jessica McNamee, and Bill Pullman; Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy; Cinematographer Linus Sandgren; Costume Designer Mary Zophres; Production Designer Judy Becker; and the real-life Billie Jean King and Lornie Kuhle.
Billie Jean King: In Her Own Words
This is a brand-new interview with King, during which she discusses the real-life events depicted in the movie.
Raw Footage: Billie Jean's Grand Entrance
This is raw footage (with no audio) of Emma Stone being carried into the Astrodome in the movie. Emma is brought in twice, the first time holding a camera, so footage from her perspective can be used in the movie. You'll also note the large green screens in the background for post-production digital insertion of the crowd.