Wimbledon---The Movie

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  1. irishbanger

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    Looks pretty decent. The Jensen's and Pat Cash were the tennis authorities on the movie, and have seen some clips with Lleyton Hewitt. Does anyone else have any info on the movie?
     
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  2. Chanchai

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    It's very easy to miss this thread on the other board, but here:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/viewtopic.php?t=9916 ;)

    I think I mentioned some other resources... You can see the extended trailer at movies.yahoo.com

    I'm not expecting much from this movie... Even though I find Kirsten Dunst adorable and Paul Bettany charming in an impish sort of way (and Jennifer Connally is having his baby).

    What scares me is that Pat Cash was in charge of the tennis choreography and consulting and that there is extensive use of CG for the tennis. I think someone also mentioned that the seeding for the tournament is beyond logic in the film (among other things).

    In any case, it sounds like it'll be the production's worst picture--considering all of their other films have had good success in the markets as well as appealing to critics. Part of the hint of that might be that the film is set for a September release date--not exactly the most confident time for distributors.

    -Chanchai
     
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  3. VamosRafa

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    I've read some stuff on it, irishbanger.

    I know it was hyped during Wimbly, but the scuttlebut is that if it was that good, it would have been released about this time -- during Wimbledon itself. Or right after. Or at least in the lull between Wimbly and the U.S. Open.

    And that makes sense.

    Instead they are waiting to release it until the major part of the tennis season (including the U.S. Open) is over.

    I'm sure they'll hype it all summer, and then hope that after tennis is over for most folks, people will be interested to watch something tennis-related in late September. That's when all the tennis stuff is pretty much relegated to The Tennis Channel.

    And perhaps they are hoping we'll forget that the tennis we saw over the summer is much more "realistic" than what is being portrayed in the movie.

    So my expectations are not high for it. But perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised.

    I've only seen the trailer, but it sounds like it's an unlikely romance between a male has-been and an up-and-coming female player. And they both inspire each other. He likely wins Wimbly (don't know about her), and perhaps they live happily ever after. :?

    Guess we'll find out.

    Susan
     
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  4. VamosRafa

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    Postscript:

    This was posted in SI's Jon Wetheim's column this week (7/5/04):

     
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  5. @wright

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    I saw the trailer at the theatre the other night. While it is a nice and good idea, the tennis looked very unrealistic. I saw a few shots where the actor had a very short and slow swing and the ball flew off his racquet in a line drive, blah. Reminded me of a tennis video game.
     
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  6. Rickson

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    Kirsten's 2hbh looked decent enough.
     
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  7. stevens

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    :x This is fluff- the movie will bomb. An aging has been falls for another tennis pro and he makes a remarkable come back @ W? Too cheeky.
     
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  8. Kevin Patrick

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    The September release does not bode well for the film's quality or box office potential. That month is generally a dumping ground for films that the studios don't think will do that well.
     
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  9. ProStaffTour90

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    I think it was meant to come out around now, hoping that people would go see it on the back of watching wimbledon, but it had to be delayed!

    Only tennis fans will go see it, so it won't do very well!
     
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  10. ProStaffTour90

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    Actually (just watched the trailor), it doesn't look that bad, the tennis could look a lot worse to be fair, i usually cringe when sport is tried to be put into a film, particularly Football, but it could be a lot worse
     
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