Battle of the Sexes

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Director: Valerie Faris
Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA 2017 121 mins.
Released by 20th Century Fox

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World No 1 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

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Friday, November 24, 2017 (All day)