Tennis in films

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  1. rk_sports

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    watching Women in Red, noticed some tennis at the beginning and I thought about tennis in films...

    ofc, there are many and google can get me those... but which ones have you seen?

    few that come to mind are..
    Wimbledon
    Match Point
    Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach

    and the new one 16-Love, which I haven't seen.. but saw a few previews on TC
     
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    Players, a film from 1979. It starred Dean Paul Martin, a decent player who actually played in the Wimbledon juniors once. But the movie is a dud.
     
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    Like the starting scene of Match Point where the ball hits the net and slowly bounces over in slow mo and the saying .The man who said "I'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life
     
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    Octopu55y. Vijay Amritraj, show him with his racket too (Donnay), he uses it in self-defence IIRC.

    (he's a veteran Indian player who reached the QF of WO losing to the winner Jan Kodes).
     
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    The Squid and the Whale

    Nobody's Perfect
     
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    great movie, terrible tennis

    One of Hitchcock's classics. Unfortunately for tennis fans, in the scenes featuring the leading actor Farley Granger playing tennis, poor Farley looked like he'd never held a racquet or hit a tennis stroke in his life. Fortunately, Hitch spliced in some authentic film footage of professional players playing against each other. Players sportin' button down shirts, wood racquets, serve and volley points, every serve seemingly a spin serve. Not that I'm advocating a return to that, I'm just sayin' it was a different time.

    Why hasn't there been a decent fictional movie on tennis?
     
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    My favorite tennis movie was "Tennis Anyone" which is a 2005 movie about the Celebrity tennis circuit in Hollywood. It was hialrious, and you can tell that the guys who made the movie really are tennis fans, if you get the DVD you have to watch the director's commentary. Just as an aside, I played tennis with one of the guys in the movie (DW Moffett) and he was a decent 4.5 player.
     
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    the royal tenenbaums
     
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    BridesMaids
     
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    "The Break" with Vince Van Patton. Wasn't a bad film actually.
     
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    I remembered that movie!
     
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    Ali MacGraw remembers it, too. She admitted her acting was terrible in it.
     
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    fletch! charge it to the Underhills
     
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    Woody Allen in general has a bit of a thing for tennis; and there's some tennis in Seinfeld.
     
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    Losey's The Accident, as well.
     
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    Cute tennis scene in Russel Crow's A Good Year.

    A very good, fun watch, beautiful women....
     
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    Tennis Anyone, it was a good film, and one of the acotrs in the movie was once on the tour.
     
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    Yep, wooden racquets on clay...
     
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    Do they play tennis in it or is that guy just walking around in Fila tennis clothes the whole movie?
     
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    Monsieur Hulot's Holiday has the best commic tennis scene in film history.
     
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    Is that a Jacques Tati movie?
     
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    Yes, a Tati - Monsieur Hulot's Holiday.
     
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    OK , Tit for Tat I see :)
     
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    Did Charile Chaplin , Buster Keaton or Chevy Chase also have tennis in their flicks? I think Chase did a lot.
     
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    Antonioni's Blow Up:


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    Looks scary dark this photo.. hmm. What was blown up?
     
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    Tennis, Anyone? is an indy film with Donal Logue and Jason Issacs (the Patriot, HP & the Goblet of Fire) which I thought was better than its 43% rottentomatoes rating. It was watchable at least.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tennis_anyone/
     
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    "A Good Year" with Russell Crowe has a funny clay-court match with wood racquets, and a Rene Lacoste vs. Fred Perry quip (borne out the emblems on the shirts worn by the antagonists, respectively a Frenchman and an Englishman).

    "The Prodigal" was an obscure early-1980's Christian film put out by Billy Graham's organization, IIRC, that punched above its low-budget-movie weight, and featured some quality indoor tennis filmed in the Pacific Northwest: the main character, the "prodigal son," was a touring tennis pro in this adaptation of the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son. I seem to recall that one of the Van Patten boys had the title role.
     
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    It also starred Pancho Gonzalez as his coach, Vilas (Wimby final at the end of the movie), Tiriac, Nastase, McEnroe, Dennis Ralston, Vijay Armitraj and John Lloyd.
    They filmed the Wimbledon scenes during the event in 1978 In between matches....best Tennis film out there (not saying much as they all suck) but at least it revolved around tennis and real players were involved.
     
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    One of the greatest movies ever.......a must see. That Tennis scene with the mimes is a classic.
     
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