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Aonex
06-09-2004, 12:26 AM
Have you guys seen this? Apparently there's a movie coming out in September called Wimbledon.

Synopsis: A British tennis player (Paul Bettany), once top-ranked, has fallen to 157th in the world. Generally considered to be on his last legs as a professional player, he gets one last chance over the course of two short weeks to win both the All-England Lawn Tennis Championships on the grassy courts of Wimbledon... and the heart of the rising star "bad girl of tennis" (Kirsten Dunst).

Yikes... anyone gonna go catch this? On one side, at least they're actually doing a movie that involves tennis... but I dunno, could be pretty cheesy.

Camilio Pascual
06-09-2004, 03:34 AM
Yes, I saw some of these movies before. One of the best won the Academy Award and was based on the story of 2 men: a club fighter who went the distance against Ali and a man who had over 30 movie screenplays rejected before his first one bowled over Hollywood. Another fave of mine is "Hoosiers." If the movie you are talking about is anything like these, I'll love it. Some of these movies can be cheesy and excellent at the same time. I hope they change the title to "Wimby."

bookem
06-09-2004, 11:51 AM
Sorry to burst any bubbles out there but you can watch the trailer on http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/wimbledon.html.

It's apparent that Wimby serves as the pretext and backdrop of a love story but who knows? Some would argue that Rockywas a love story too...

If it's any hint, this movie is brought you by the same folks who were involved in Bridget Jones' Diary...

@wright
06-09-2004, 01:20 PM
It'll be interesting to see the action sequences for obvious reasons.

Feņa14
06-09-2004, 02:01 PM
Well I wish to inform you that I have been approached by the director of the film and he has asked me to be the stunt double for Paul Bettany.

He said he wanted me for my "all round world class tennis game". And Kirsten Dunst wanted me as her partner for all the "difficult" scenes.

I will let you know how I get on with the film, apparently my character beats Roddick, Henman, and Federer in the quarters, semis and final respectively.

Tough job, but hey, someone has to do it!

-Liam

ismashall
06-09-2004, 03:58 PM
Well I wish to inform you that I have been approached by the director of the film and he has asked me to be the stunt double for Paul Bettany.

He said he wanted me for my "all round world class tennis game". And Kirsten Dunst wanted me as her partner for all the "difficult" scenes.

I will let you know how I get on with the film, apparently my character beats Roddick, Henman, and Federer in the quarters, semis and final respectively.

Tough job, but hey, someone has to do it!

-Liam

LOL. Are you kidding? The film has been in post-production since late last year. Maybe you were approached by a hack doing the pornographic spoof of the Wimbledon movie, Wimbledong. ahahahahahah!

TripleThreatPlayer
06-09-2004, 04:13 PM
good one ismarshall

Looks pretty cheesy, its probally just another notting hill (great movie though)

I wonder whos really the lucky one to play all the stunts

Morpheus
06-09-2004, 06:43 PM
Anyone remember the tennis movie that I think starred Vince Van Patten? I recall he plays in a major final--maybe Wimbledon. I did a search on google, but couldn't find a reference. I'm not thinking of the movie Van Patten wrote in 1995. This is older than that and he was the star, not the playwright or director.

ismashall
06-09-2004, 07:57 PM
Anyone remember the tennis movie that I think starred Vince Van Patten? I recall he plays in a major final--maybe Wimbledon. I did a search on google, but couldn't find a reference. I'm not thinking of the movie Van Patten wrote in 1995. This is older than that and he was the star, not the playwright or director.

Whuddja talkin' 'bout Willis?! Vincent Van Patten wrote AND starred in The Break as Nick Irons.

Morpheus
06-10-2004, 02:50 AM
I guess I must be thinking of the Break, but I thought I saw it in the 80s.

I remember that it really sucked, but I still watched it.

Camilio Pascual
06-10-2004, 07:25 AM
Didn't Vince Van Patten submit some movie script where some actor/tennis player beats John McEnroe at the Japan Open...2 years in a row? What a farce! Oh...yeah, now I remember.

cheezecake
06-10-2004, 09:43 AM
Finally! It's about time they make a movie about tennis!

norcal
06-10-2004, 12:29 PM
Perfect, a chick flick for my wife, tennis for me.

Capt. Willie
06-12-2004, 12:53 PM
Anyone remember the tennis movie that I think starred Vince Van Patten? I recall he plays in a major final--maybe Wimbledon I believe you are thinking of "Players" which stared the late Dean-Paul Martin. As I recall, he is playing Vilas in the Wimbledon final and we get flash backs to everything that lead up to this. Just having Vilas, of all people, in a major grass court final shows how bad this film was. There were also several cameos by the star players of the time.

Morpheus
06-12-2004, 03:36 PM
Yes, I think that's the one. Thanks Captain!

K. Wilson Moose
06-12-2004, 03:36 PM
Ah yeah, Dean-Paul Martin. Hey, don't forget he was also part of the 60s band Dino Desi & Billy. Or maybe you would like to forget that. Died in a tragic aviation accident in 1987.

Here's a pic from Players. You can buy the photo or the movie, if you're so inclined, on ****. Amazing what you can find on ****.

http://i6.****img.com/03/i/01/ac/7e/19_1_b.JPG

James Brown
06-12-2004, 05:12 PM
hey man, kirsten dunst is really hot, wimbledon ****ing rules and paul bettany is funny guy. and hey anything semi based on goran's story is pretty damn cool.

Truedge
06-13-2004, 08:10 AM
So um.. are those racquets in the movie, paint jobs? (ducks for cover..)

ucd_ace
06-13-2004, 11:00 AM
This is great for the sport. Tennis never touches mainstream culture like other sports do. I don't know when this will come out but hopefully it will happen close to when the US Open starts so it has the chance to get more people interested in tennis and draw them into watching the US Open.

Camilio Pascual
06-14-2004, 04:06 AM
Morpheus - I thought you were thinking about the time an actor really did beat John McEnroe in the same tournament 2 years in a row. Beats fiction, imo!

Chanchai
06-15-2004, 07:20 AM
Was curious and did some checking up on this movie a ccuple months ago...

Forgot the link, (should be easy to find with a search of "Wimbledon the movie") but someone created a blog of their experiences as an extra during the location filming on the grounds of Wimbledon last year. Some interesting stories there.

Many of the reports from people who attended test screenings a few months ago said the screener (sneak preview before final, final touches) wasn't so great. A few said it was charming. Many reports on the tennis itself seemed to suggest it wasn't so great and there's an insane amount of diving volleys. I think someone also said something to the effect that the protagonist plays like the top 4 seeds of the tournament (which wouldn't make sense in real life, right?). One comment I found funny was how someone said the movie seemed to suggest that sex is a great way for your wimbledon match preparation. Just some of the gossip anyways.

But setting a US date of September doesn't bode well for the confidence of the execs in marketing this film. If the execs had huge hopes for this film at all, I'm sure they would have stuck it in around May or maybe even mid-June (though it would have to fight with a lot of box office giants at such a time). July's probably too tough for romantic comedies in general (huge blockbuster season).

I personally enjoy Bettany's performances in recent films. BTW, Jennifer Connoly just had his baby (I think they're married). Adore Kirsten Dunst (odd though that the most adult role I've seen her play was when she was a child--Interview with the Vampire).

The CG Tennis looks.... interesting.... in a funny way (I'm guessing unintentionally funny). I guess the visual effects crew did a good job of animating the CG ball and doing their best to make it coincide with the "strokes" of the actors and actresses. In a way, it works (at least to casual eyes). In another way, those are some good balls coming off some funky strokes (but the strokes don't look absolutely horrible, they just look "different..."). The let-chord ball on the trailer almost had me laughing off the couch. At least it looks like they spent a decent amount of time trying to get the strokes looking close to right.

For more information on the production of the film (and more rants by Pat Cash who was consulted for this film *semi-cringe* check http://www.tennisweek.com/ )

-Chanchai

K!ck5w3rvE
06-18-2004, 03:02 AM
nice one ismarshall. But how unealistic is the strotyline. I mean, English tennis player + Wimbeldon = Lose in semi-finals (ie. tim henman for the last 67 years), not English tennis player + Wimbeldon =win......how unrealistic.