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Aonex 06-09-2004 12:26 AM

Wimbledon... the movie?
 
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

Quote:

Originally Posted by Liam Curran
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

Quote:

Originally Posted by Morpheus
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

Quote:

Originally Posted by Morpheus
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 ****.

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

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!


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