Tennis "movies Or Documentarys"

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  1. megsaletta

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    Does anyone know of any Tennis movies or documentarys. Thanks, Jason.
     
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    "Wimbledon" is the only tennis related movie I know. It's with Kirsten Dunst and (very) loosly based on Ivanisevic's 2001 Wimbledon win. It's not a masterpiece, but it isn't terrible either.

    A few years ago I saw some Federer documentary on swiss tv, not sure how it was called. Maybe you can find it on youtube.
     
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    You know, modern junior tennis would make a good subj3ect for a documentary: the whole cost, equipment, parents, travel, etc. would be of interest to many, I think.

    I'm guessing a young skilled tennis player has more chance of getting struck by lightning than making money on the tour.
     
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    The Unstrung documentary is on Netflix.
     
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    "Players" (1979)
    Starring Dean-Paul Martin, Ali MacGraw and errr, Mahoney from the Police Academy franchise. Guest starred lots of 1970s pros, chiefly Vilas and Nastase playing a ham. Even McEnroe gets some screentime.

    Arguably the cheesiest "tennis" movie ever. Great viewing for fans of old-skool tennis gear from the Golden Age - lots of FILA colour.
     
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    If they added sex, violence, a few smart lines, drug use, and finish off with a huge explosion, then it will sell...sadly...
     
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    Unstrung is on Hulu btw.
     
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    I LOVE the film Wimbledon... Guilty pleasure of mine.
     
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    i believe there was a thread on a movie about junior tennis, it was called like 28,000 balls or something. the reference was the "amount of balls" it takes to hit to go pro or something.
     
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    that is a good pitch ! Well not an explosion filled ending but a grand slam title OR just an average joe qualifiying for a Grand Slam at the age of 33 !

    Now, who will play the main character :confused:

    Clint Eastwood will write and direct it, of course :)
     
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    I saw it in the theater when it first came out. I enjoyed it. Fun movie, although Vilas making the final of Wimbledon made me chuckle a bit.

    Too bad it's not available on DVD as I'd love to see it again after all these years. Even when it was on VHS decades ago, I never saw it in any video store. :(
     
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    Balls Out - The Gary Houseman Story

    A goofy movie w/ Stiffler from the American Pie movies. It is bad but funny.
     
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    Balls Out is freaking hilarious. Its horribly crude and such but still keeps tennis terms real and features actual strategy, albeit some odd coaching methods
     
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    I woke up in the middle of the night last week and saw the first half. Cheeseball but fairly funny. Stiffler kills me.
     
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    "Tennis, Anyone...?" with Donal Logue was a decent tennis movie.

    "She Got Game" a documentary about former WTA player
    Sonya Jeyaseelan was interesting. "Unstrung" was also interesting.
     
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    unstrung was a great documentary. i suggest you check it out
     
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    DVDs that i do have are -

    COACH - Nick Bollettieri - Making Grand Slam Champions
    The Making of Maria Sharapova
    LLEYTON HEWITT - The Other Side
    The Spirit of a Champion - Roger Federer
    Venus & Serena Williams - Double Match Point
    Anna's Army - Behind The Rise Of Russian Women's Tennis

    Raising Tennis Aces - The Williams Story (Must watch)
    SOMAY KU - A Uganda Tennis Story (Must watch)
    Star or Comet - A Documentary about a tennis pro (Must watch)
    UNSTRUNG (Must watch)
    50 000 balls - A Tennis Documentary (Must watch)


    THE JOURNEYMEN ( This is best - must watch)
     
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    "Little Mo" (1978 )
    TV movie about Maureen Connolly, the 1st woman to win the Grand Slam
    Starred the mother from The Waltons as Mo's coach and a cameo from then- 48y.o Tony Trabert trying to look like his 25y.o self.
     
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    Balls out is the only tennis movie i've watched, though, I want to watch Tennis Anyone?. Movies if it's good, but same goes for documentaries.
     
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    Your 444th post dude! pretty cool :)
     
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    ^^^ Can't wait to get to 666 - number of the beast?
     
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    I got in on VHS in ****. I enjoyed seeing a young McEnroe vs Gonzales. Dino Martin could actually play so for once a tennis movie didn't look stupid. Like in "When Billie Beat Bobby" or whatever it was called. Lent my tape to someone. Never got it back.
     
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    Is this what "Unstrung" is about, or is it a different plotline?
     
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    Wasn't this one with Holly Hunter as BJK and Ron Silver, I think, as Bobby Riggs?
     
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    I just got it from amazon video on demand. $2.99 to rent or $9.99 to download, check google and you'll probably be able find a $5 discount code for amazon VOD. also availbale on DVD for $19.99.
     
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    It got a lot of publicity when it came out this summer, no mention here yet, so I'll add Venus and Serena. Follows them both starting with Serena's pulmonary embulism (spelling?) and Venus' Sjogren's through their rehabs and returns. It's on Netflix and I think Showtime was running it for a while there. I liked it, but I'm biased :)

    Also saw an interesting BJK bio on PBS recently. I almost didnt watch it because I feel like I just see her everywhere lately, but I'm glad I did. Series is called American Masters and it's on PBS.org. First time they've featured an athlete. Covers a lot of of how the wta was formed as well.
     
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    that was really interesting. It focuses a lot on the Bobby Riggs match. I had thought I heard long ago that he threw the match because he secretly supported women's lib, but that didn't seem to be the case according to the documentary. I heard more recently he threw the match to make money on gambling (that he bet against himself), but that wasn't addressed in the doc. The doc portrays that he lost fair & square, which I believe given his age & prep compared to BJK, not to mention his ego (although I didn't realize he had done a similar previous stunt with Margaret Court and beaten her handily).
     
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    anyone know where you can stream unstrung, I can't find it anymore.

    this is a good one talking about some up and coming players done by the tennis channel. Good behind the scenes look. Theres a cool part with Jack Sock and someone being used as hitting partners for the Bryan brothers and one of the brothers calls the kid out for doing what he thinks is a dick move. Tells him "you'll never play here again." pretty harsh. As the movie says though, it's a job for these guys the novelty has worn off and it's all business they aren't there to humor the next generation.

    http://vimeo.com/15328059
     
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    I agree with you. I was also amazed at her resolve to become number 1 so she could change the face of tennis....at age 12!
     
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    When's the rob Lowe show supposed to start?? I heard its about a washed up doubles pro.
     
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    what was your 666th?
     
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  36. TennisLovaLova

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    could somebody upload anyone of those on a torrent site?
     
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