Battle of the Sexes

Synopsis: The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 16 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
73
Rotten Tomatoes:
85%
PG-13
Year:
2017
121 min
$12,552,907
Website
648 Views


1 MONTAGE 1 MONTAGE 1

Huge on the screen, A plastic doll stares at us. A commercialfor Talky Crissy.

TALKY CRISSY:

Hi! Please dry my hair.

V/O

All girls love Talky Crissy with

her growing hair....

The screen divides in two to accommodate both Talky Crissyand a squadron of B52s unloading its cargo. Hundreds of bombsunzip the sky.

V/O (CONT’D)

... as the last US ground troops

are withdrawn from Vietnam, the

bombing continues...

The screen divides into smaller squares accommodating thebest and the worst of the early 1970’s. Clips of Hawaii Five-

O, Here’s Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, stills from

commercials, documentary footage from Town Bloody Hall, each

taking centre screen for a few seconds and then shrinking toallow the next clip to take precedence.

“The Kenwood Chef does everything but cook. That’s what wives

are for”.

“Flying Dutchman tobacco: lead Women around by the nose”.

“Don’t worry, darling, you didn’t burn the beer. SchlitzMalt”.

Then a news clip takes centre screen:

NEWSCASTER:

Good evening, in a landmark ruling,

the Supreme Court today legalized

abortions. A majority from Texas

and Georgia said that the decision

to end a pregnancy during the first

three months belongs to a woman and

her doctor not the government.

Town Bloody Hall takes precedence as a woman in the audienceaccuses Norman Mailer on the stage.

TOWN BLOODY HALL

...the dog talks, you know! That a

woman should talk at all is

something you are finding a little

hard to take...

BATTLE OF THE SEXES -Simon Work File -4/7/16

1A

1B

2

Which fades in favour of the doll Talky Crissy again:

V/OBut there’s someone new in town.

EXT. FOREST HILLS TENNIS COURT. US OPEN. DAY. 1A

BILLIE JEAN KING’s 29 year-old face, big on the screen,

concentrating hard. We hear a grunt and the noise of a serve.

A flash and Billie Jean has reached the ball, returned it.

The ball comes back, but she is across the court with

lightning speed and putting every ounce of energy into theshot, returns it again.

We are inside her head: only the sound of her furiousbreathing, the ball and the squeak of tennis shoes can beheard.

Back comes the ball, again and again, each time, Billie Jeanpunches it back until....

...The world crashes in: a sudden surge of applause andcheering. The focus on Billie Jean’s face finally relaxes

into a huge smile of triumph.

UMPIRE V/OGame, set and match to Miss King.

She throws the racket high into the air and we see she issurrounded by thousands of fans applauding wildly.

LARRY KING, Billie Jean’s husband, jumps onto the court and

embraces her.

Title:
Battle of the Sexes

EXT. HIGH RISE OFFICE. NEW YORK. DAY. 1B

A faceless, glass office building. Distant traffic andhonking horns. Moving in on one of the many windows, wefind...

TV (V.O.)

...and Billie Jean King’s triumph

in the US Open adds another GrandSlam to a list of titles that makes

her the most successful woman

player of all time and brings aphone call from a very specialfan....

OMITTED:

BATTLE OF THE SEXES -Simon Work File -4/7/16

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3 OMITTED 3

4 INT. OFFICE. NEW YORK. DAY. 4

...fifty-four year old BOBBY RIGGS, tennis racket in hand,

staring at the TV.

On the TV, Billie Jean is on court holding up the trophy fromthe US Open.

The TV cuts to a boardroom where she is now talking on aspeaker-phone to PRESIDENT NIXON.

BILLIE JEAN:

Hello, Mister President.

PRESIDENT NIXON V/O

I just wanted to congratulate you

on your great successes this year

and being the first sportswoman to

earn over a hundred thousand

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Simon Beaufoy

Simon Beaufoy (born 1967) is a British screenwriter. Born in Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, he was educated at Malsis School in Cross Hills, Ermysted's Grammar School and Sedbergh School, he read English at St Peter's College, Oxford and graduated from Arts University Bournemouth. In 1997 he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Full Monty. He went on to win the 2009 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire as well as winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award. more…

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