‘When Billie Beat Bobby’ is a well produced, true life story with strong performances

[rating=3]Starring: Holly Hunter, Ron Silver, Matt Letscher, Bob Gunton, Jacoueline McKenzie, Elizabeth Berridge, Fred Willard
Director(s): Jane Anderson
Writer(s): Jane Anderson

Ron Silver and Holly Hunter in 'When Billie Beat Bobby'
Ron Silver and Holly Hunter in ‘When Billie Beat Bobby’

I actually wasn’t too jazzed about watching this movie. Looking at the DVD cover, and the goofy artwork and look of Holly Hunter and Ron Silver in their 70s looks was really silly. But the film actually turned out to be quite interesting, even though the ending is pretty well known — and heck, its in the darn title.

When Billie Beat Bobby isn’t about the suspense of who wins, even though I think it may have benefited had they tried a little, it’s about how this simple tennis match affects women all over the country. Sure, the match was laughed off by many as nothing more than a gimmick. A mere publicity stunt, perhaps, but at the time the idea of a woman athlete beating a male athlete really meant something. Women’s liberation was at its apex, and the aroma of “revolution” was still sweet in the air.

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