Best Tennis Movies

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  1. YEMntFtb

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    What are some good tennis movies? Not documentries but movies about people who play tennis. I saw one awhile back about a kick trying to make it in the futures and his coach and stuff.

    Anyway, must be some movies out there.
     
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  2. dAgEnIuS

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    i dont think there are lot of tennis movies out there.....
    the only one i know, and that i saw was the recent "Wimbledon" and it was awful...
     
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  3. Capt. Willie

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    I can only think of a few and they are all bad. Players (1979) Dean Paul Martin and Ali McGraw. Martin is playing the Wimbledon final against Vilas and the story is told in flashbacks as to how he got to where he is. Lots of cameos by the top players of the time. Spring Fever (1983) Carling Bassett. I don't remember it all that well, as I recall it was about a junior girls tournament mixed with typical 80s teen comedy. Jocks (1987) Really bad teen comedy about a college tennis team playing for the national championship. Speaking of Wimbledon, when the real life Wimbledon champion is hotter than the Hollywood actress playing a Wimbledon champion, you know you're in trouble.
     
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    I LOVED Wimbeldon. How can you say it was awful. It was the cutest thing in the world. I actually got nervous watching it. The camera work was really cool.
     
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    I don't think a pro would smack a ball into the net when his opponent is on the floor.
     
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  6. Capt. Willie

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    Come to think of it, sports movies in general are usually pretty bad. The only sport that seems to occasionally produce good movies is boxing. On The Waterfront, Rocky (the first one, not the subsequent crap), Raging Bull and most recently Million Dollar Baby.
     
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  7. aj_m2009

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    What about Hoosiers? It isn't boxing but it was still a great movie, especially since it was about a high school in my home state and made there too(surprisingly). Anyway, I don't really know of any tennis movies besides Wimbledon. Isn't there supposed to be one coming out later this year?
     
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    When I said boxing movies I was talking in general terms as that sport seemed to produce the best subject matter for some reason. But yes, I agree Hoosiers was a very good film. Another good sports movie, in my opinion, was Seabiscuit. Of course that was more about three men who had fallen opon hard times and overcame their personal demons through a castoff horse. Oh, and another one I liked was The Bad News Bears (the first one, the other two sucked). The very fact that the Bears lost the championship game made it so much better...in the end they gained something far greater than a championship, they gained self respect.
     
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  9. aj_m2009

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    I knew what you were saying but I was kinda trying to say "hey, there may be some good boxing movies but it isn't the only sport that has a good movie." Anyway, I haven't seen the others but I would like to see them. Oh, and Remember the Titans was also a really great movie, its kinda about football, but probably more not.
     
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    yeah, i agree. they dove so many times in that movie. that petercult guy dove in every single match, how unrealistic.
     
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  11. Kirko

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    Strangers on a Train by Alfred Hitchcock. The best boxing movie The Harder they fall; with humphrey bogart and rod steiger.
     
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    There are NO good tennis movies, period. (Meg, you just proved you're a Chick with your praise of that awful movie. It wasn't a tennis movie. It was a Chick Flick.)

    - KK
     
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    Well I've never been one to hide my Chick-ness.
     
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  14. Kirko

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    wimbledon I got "red in the face" , that is embarassed watching it. It was super bullsh********t.
     
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  15. splink779

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    Wimbledon was embarassing to our sport. The ball was computer generated and the players didn't know what they were doing, yet they still showed match play and it looked ridiculous. Maybe they coul've used stunt doubles but put the actor's faces on them with special fx. Its been done.
     
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    God Almighty, what did you want REAL players? If that's what you want turn on the Tennis channel. Maybe Wimbeldon thinks you're an embarassment to tennis too.

    Oh btw - I BOUGHTthe dvd and saw a show on the making of it. Kirsten Dunst had to go through LOTS of training for that and so did all the tennis playing actors.

    The movie was not created for masters of the game like ourselves. It was appealing to the general public and that's the mission.
     
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    I haven't seen Wimbledon so I don't know how bad or good it was so...yeah. Anyway, what they should have done was get some recently retired players to play the parts so it might not look so bad.
     
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  18. MegacedU

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    They had Johnny Mac and that's allllll that matters.
     
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    Like I said, I haven't seen it, I mean so I can't really say anything about it but from what Splink said, and everyone else for that matter(except Meg), it sounded horrible. That also means that I don't really know who was in it besides Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany.
     
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    That movie was really bad. The guy playing the lead role (i didn't even other to memorize his name) was spastic. He did not even know how to run. It was so embarrasing to watch him try to move around on the court...
     
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  21. splink779

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    You're right. But that just makes me more angry. If you see other sports movies (baseball, football, basketball) they do a fine job making it look realistic. It's just frustrating because tennis is relatively small in America. Just like ESPN doesn't care about pleasing real fans (i.e. only showing americans, and replays of americans), the movie producer's didnt care about making it look truly realistic.
     
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    rudy...........rudy...............rudy rudy
     
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  23. aj_m2009

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    Yes, this was also a great movie, and also about a team in Indiana(right?).:)
     
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  24. Capt. Willie

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    Rudy :) yeah I forgot about that one. I guess there are a few more good sports movies than I had originaly given Hollywood credit for. We should start a new thread...worst movies. My vote: The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.
     
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    Wimbledon was formulaic - but I thought the match play at least achieved realism!

    It's a cool fillum.

    The Legend of Baggar Vance was not too bad in terms of golf: Will Smith et al.

    The Tennis sub-theme in The Royal Tannenbaums is pretty hilarious stuff.
     
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  26. aj_m2009

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    Does Happy Gilmore count as a golf movie? That movie was hilarious.
     
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    Of course she's going to like that movie. Everyone said it was a chick flick, hence why I'm not paying to watch it.
    It's really hard to make a good tennis movie as the sport doesn't have as many fans and some of the other sports. It was still nice to see an attempt though. I wish they had used Kournikova as the leading role. That would have brought more attention and maybe then I would have payed to watch it.
     
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  28. Capt. Willie

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    Royal Tannenbaums is an awesome movie and ya gotta love the whole Borg thing the one son had going on.
     
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    Scarlett Johansen in In Good Company is a tennis player. Topher Grace is such a cutie.
     
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  30. Capt. Willie

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    Ummmm.....no, Scarlett Johansen is the cutie.
     
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    If I remember the tennis action in players was pretty good, it was the lack of any plot that killed the movie...Going to blockbuster and see if they have ever heard of Players - back to the VHS machine for that one...
     
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    i saw a movie once on tv i think it was called "The break" anyone seen this? anyone know where i can get it cause I watched it a long time ago when i wasn't interested in tennis and would like to watch it again. couldn't find it in blockbuster...
     
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    Baseball seems to be the sport best for books and boxing for movies. There was tennis incidental to the story in the truly great movie, "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis."
     
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    That was a wonderful movie ! Also the Last Emperor had a tennis scene that related to the thrust of the story of Henry Pui.
     
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    I just saw Wimbledon on the plane on a recent trip to Europe, otherwise I never would have. I had heard Pat Cash talking about how he trained Dunst and Bettany to be good players, but they were horrid. I mean pretty good considering that neither of them had ever picked up a racquet, but come on it was a disgrace to Wimbledon to use their actual courts for that. Why he couldn't get someone decent looking and hammy like Phillipousis for the male role is beyond me. The female part would be harder to get, but maybe without too much prodding Serena might have. She wants to act so much it hurts. And when she does it hurts. But maybe that wouldn't have been a good couple. Even Blake and Serena or something. But those other two could not play tennis to save their lives. And seeing Chris and Mac and Carillo in there made it even worse.

    At least Dean Paul Martin was a real player when he made Players.

    And as scary as she is Myskina likes to pose for pictures, clothed and otherwise, so she prolly would have done it too.
     
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  36. MegacedU

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    Oh my ... I reallly hope you're not serious about your thoughts about Serena. That would have KILLED the movie. Everyone would get the guys and the girls matches confused.
     
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    That was really mean. Just because she isn't exactly a girly girl doesn't give you the right to say she looks like a guy, for all we know you could look the exact same way.
     
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    I just meant that she would be willing to at least be in a movie. She would probably even pay them to let her do it.

    On a side note, isn't it funny in retrospect that people made such a big damn drama about Navratilova in the late 80's and Mauresmo and the late 90's about how muscular and big they were and neither of them is like half the size of Serena and no one says a word. I guess that would mean that must have been code for lesbian.

    I saw Navratilova at Wimbledon and she was tiny. Short and while very well defined, not big at all. I guess it's just that she was the first one to lift weights or something.
     
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  39. Camilio Pascual

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    Okay, YOU will get confused, but the rest of us won't.
     
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    LOL - Apologies to anyone I may have OFFENDED. Pfft. Those muscles aren't normal for a female. They might be female with a touch of human growth hormone trip but that's certainly not natural.

    She IS a girly girl. She comes close the amount of pink I wear. The difference? My clothes FIT me. She just needs to stop the ridiculously tight spandex that-shirt-looks-like-it-would-fit-a-four-year-old look. I never said her facial features look manly per se.
     
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  41. aj_m2009

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    Then what did you say?
     
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  42. MegacedU

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    What I said was in reference to her...masculine bodily features.

    Show me where I said anything about her face. We'll talk.
     
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  43. aj_m2009

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    I agree, you didn't say anything about her face, but you also didn't say anything about that. All you said was "Everyone would get the guys and the girls matches confused'. That could mean her face looks like a guys face, her body, etc...Anyway, whatever you meant it still sounded mean whether it was meant to be mean or not.
     
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    Even at her size, Serena comes across to me as totally drug free. Unlike some other like say Capriati who might as well have been on the posters for it and Henin for that matter who was just about as bad.

    Of course the ironic thing is that the only person we know for a fact to have been on steroids (men) was also probably the skinniest, Petr Korda. He got busted for it at least. And Tatum O'Neal said Mac was on it too, but she's not really to be trusted I guess.
     
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    This thread took some weird turns.
     
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    Meg, post a pic of your self in the 'your picture' thread. And you can wear rediculously tight spandex for comparison purposes if you like.
     
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    In an attempt to get this back on subject...I'm sitting here watching ESPN Classic (Cheap Seats) while reading these posts and on comes the advertisement for the sports movies they show on Sunday nights. Among the clips they showed was a movie I had forgotten about...Slapshot. Now I'm not a big hockey guy so I don't know how realistic the hockey scenes and skating were, but that was one funny film. The Hanson brothers (not to be confused with those MMM-Bop kids) ruled! Oh, and I wouldn't mind seeing a picture of Meg.
     
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    I remember an Italian movie, think it was called "The Garden of the Prizzi Contini" or something like that. Had some tennis in it-wooden racquets, 1940's upper class Italian club. No one was hitting any major topspin-just flat, and the kick serves were awful.

    Wimbledon-a piece of shiat. But I saw it on the plane, so at least I didn't have to pay
    good money for it. Not sure what was worse-Wimbledon or Garfield.
     
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    Like I said, I haven't seen Wimbledon so I don't know how good or bad it was but I did get to see Garfield, that movie was just awful. I prefer the cartoon.:)
     
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    I'll consider the requests. But is there any assurance I wont end up on a milk carton? I'll think about it.
     
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