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"Wimbledon" the movie : september 17th, 2004

alfonsojose
06-09-2004, 05:35 PM
I'm going to play only volleyball after U.S. open :o :scared:

http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/wimbledon.html

Poor Dementieva If Kirsten Dunst serves better than her :tape:

alfonsojose
06-09-2004, 05:36 PM
Prince raquects everywhere ;) :eek:

Shy
06-09-2004, 05:42 PM
So cheesy

Havok
06-09-2004, 05:43 PM
Dunst can't play for shit :haha: and of course John McEnroe has to be in it :retard:
it's gonna suck so bad

oxy
06-09-2004, 05:48 PM
i am not looking forward to it

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-09-2004, 05:50 PM
WOW! That looks really funny!!! Funny in a bad way

on the bright side, Kirsten Dunst hasnt look that hot since Virgin Suicides

BaselineSmash
06-09-2004, 05:52 PM
Paul Bettany is playing the lead, and he's thirty-three years old! That may be young in Hollywood, but I wonder if he knows how much of an old man that makes him in tennis terms. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who's 33 or 34, I think plays the main rival in the film. And the tennis rallies are apparently done through CGI. So, in short, this will be terrible need it be said for the umpteenth time.

alfonsojose
06-09-2004, 05:54 PM
Dunst can't play for shit :haha: and of course John McEnroe has to be in it :retard:
it's gonna suck so bad

I do believe that. Hey, Naldo. What's wrong with Dokic? :sad:

Havok
06-09-2004, 06:00 PM
I don't know :sad:

athie
06-09-2004, 06:02 PM
Have to agree looks like a second rate film. However it may have a positive impact on the game in terms of spectators and sponsors etc...

alfonsojose
06-09-2004, 06:47 PM
Dunst is "the bad girl of tennis" in the movie :eek: I can't imagine her with a Hingis or Williamses style. This movie looks really :rolleyes:

Leo
06-09-2004, 06:51 PM
Paul Bettany is playing the lead, and he's thirty-three years old! That may be young in Hollywood, but I wonder if he knows how much of an old man that makes him in tennis terms. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who's 33 or 34, I think plays the main rival in the film. And the tennis rallies are apparently done through CGI. So, in short, this will be terrible need it be said for the umpteenth time.

That's the point. He's supposed to be an old vet in the twilight of his career, thus making his win at Wimbledon a big surprise.

Yes, this movie does look corny, and judging by the fact that it is going to be released in September (dry part of the movie year after blockbuster summer), it probably won't do well. But, we should be happy that we actually have a tennis movie going to the silver screen with big stars like Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst. Most sport movies in the U.S. have to do with baseball, football, basketball, or even golf, so this recognition of tennis is nice. :)

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-09-2004, 06:55 PM
True Leo! It is definitely refreshing to have a tennis movie...

much better than seeing tennis players trying to act like Anna and Serena, aie... and did I hear Mary Carillo's voice in that trailer?!

Corey Feldman
06-09-2004, 07:01 PM
i tell you what, they should make a wimbledon film with henman winning the title, it would be classed a comedy right? (he he serena williams) lets face it, its the closest tim will ever get to the title.

if they were to base it on henmans real life wimbledons, i guess it would be the best disaster movie since the poseidon adventure.

BaselineSmash
06-09-2004, 07:13 PM
That's the point. He's supposed to be an old vet in the twilight of his career, thus making his win at Wimbledon a big surprise.

Yes, this movie does look corny, and judging by the fact that it is going to be released in September (dry part of the movie year after blockbuster summer), it probably won't do well. But, we should be happy that we actually have a tennis movie going to the silver screen with big stars like Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst. Most sport movies in the U.S. have to do with baseball, football, basketball, or even golf, so this recognition of tennis is nice. :)

I think that ultimately, there's no excuse for this film-should it turn out to be bad-given the huge resources that the big studios have at their disposal. There is no limit to the number of talented scriptwriters, directors etc. out there and yet too often the only thing on the minds of the film's financiers is...$$$$$$$$$$$$$. The absence of genuine quality at large in big movies is unacceptable, and I don't think the added attention the film may bring to the sport means anything vis a vis its success as an artistic endeavour. Hopefully my pessimism will be rendered void upon "Wimbledon"'s release.

As for the ages of the cast members, I just hope Jon Favreau, who's in the cast, won't be playing as a current pro. At 38, that would be just too much.

Havok
06-09-2004, 08:09 PM
Yes that was Carillo, she was interviewing the dude, whatever his name is

athie
06-09-2004, 08:11 PM
i tell you what, they should make a wimbledon film with henman winning the title, it would be classed a comedy right? (he he serena williams) lets face it, its the closest tim will ever get to the title.

if they were to base it on henmans real life wimbledons, i guess it would be the best disaster movie since the poseidon adventure.

That's so funny! Class comment :D

Corey Feldman
06-09-2004, 08:36 PM
That's so funny! Class comment :D
N.P

always here to entertain my fellow scots :)

Horatio Caine
06-10-2004, 03:07 AM
i tell you what, they should make a wimbledon film with henman winning the title, it would be classed a comedy right? (he he serena williams) lets face it, its the closest tim will ever get to the title.

if they were to base it on henmans real life wimbledons, i guess it would be the best disaster movie since the poseidon adventure.

I can't actually believe you call yourself a "Henman fan" in one of your other posts. TEll me - do you support, watch and know more about other sports like football or something, cos that sure would explain some of the "reasoning" behind your posts.

Deboogle!.
06-10-2004, 03:30 AM
I read about this movie many months ago in EW and I forget what it said exactly but Kirsten Dunst cannot play tennis to save her life so there was a lot of "careful" editing and body doubles and advice. I think Pat Cash was the "Technical Adviser" if I recall correctly.... it uh.... sounds like it's gonna be uh..... great. yeah.... :rolleyes:

Auscon
06-10-2004, 03:33 AM
When I initially heard they were making a movie called Wimbledon I got way too excited...had all these ideas of a movie with great tennis action shots and such

And then ofcourse I found out it was being made by the ppl who made 4 weddings and a funeral and notting hill :(

Ah well........we'll probably have to wait until somebody on this board wins a few hundred million $ before we get to see the movie we're after

LCeh
06-10-2004, 03:35 AM
I am probably gonna watch it anyway. Probably isn't gonna be a good movie, but hey, nevertheless, something about tennis! Rare to see these days... :dance: :(

Plus, even if it's a movie to laugh at, at least more people will know about Wimbledon... :o

Ads
06-10-2004, 03:39 AM
paul bettany :hearts: but meh, i'll download it

Auscon
06-10-2004, 03:45 AM
Just watched the trailer

Looks like it'll be worth a couple of laughs at least....I'll still end up seeing it, although I doubt I'll be able to convince anyone else to go :)

LCeh
06-10-2004, 03:47 AM
I bet when I walk into the theatre, there would only be 2 people there... one would be me, the other would be the caretaker...

YoursTruly
06-10-2004, 05:00 AM
I remember hearing last year that parts were filmed during Wimbledon 2003 and that Dunst had quick coaching from Cash because she can't play at all. Tennis is too good to be dragged like this!

Corey Feldman
06-10-2004, 12:03 PM
I can't actually believe you call yourself a "Henman fan" in one of your other posts. TEll me - do you support, watch and know more about other sports like football or something, cos that sure would explain some of the "reasoning" behind your posts.

i love mostly ever other sport, yeh so what?
dont act like you know alot more about tennis, last night u practically said GB were a mighty davis cup nation for fuck sake LOLLLL

Layla
06-10-2004, 12:40 PM
I'm looking forward to a tennis movie. Movies being my first passion, I've been dying to see one. Sounds pretty corny, but it might be alright. I'll reserve judgment until I see it.

I adore Paul Bettany, he is a terrific actor. I think he might be perfect for the part. He alone is a good enough reason why I should give this movie a chance. Kirsten Dunst is another matter though. But hey, you can't have everything. :p

Vass
06-10-2004, 01:39 PM
I want to know this: what will be the total loss of this movie?

Anyway, the trailer made me curius. But one thing I notied: all the events pictured in the trailer differ 100% from the realistic ones. Check out their press conferences.

CarnivalCarnage
06-10-2004, 01:42 PM
Why do I think this movie will wind up making everybody involved look bad?

CarnivalCarnage
06-10-2004, 01:42 PM
I want to know this: what will be the total loss of this movie?
I can't stand any sporting movies, except Space Jam...

That was a sage post until you edited by adding that last sentence.

alfonsojose
06-10-2004, 06:38 PM
That was a sage post until you edited by adding that last sentence.

:haha: :haha:

Deboogle!.
06-14-2004, 08:51 PM
Behind The Scenes Of Wimbledon The Movie
By Richard Pagliaro
Tennis Week
06/15/2004

Silence shrouds Centre Court like a sheet. It is championship point of the Wimbledon men’s final and the players pause momentarily to catch their breaths and calm their nerves before proceeding to play the most momentous point of the match.

From the front row, you can almost hear the grass bend beneath the feet of the young American as he steps up to the baseline and sets his sights on the service box. Perspiration percolates from his pores and he swiftly swipes the sweat off his skin with a flick of a fingertip wrapped in adhesive tape. Swatting a serve into play, the American steps inside the baseline to drive a deep forehand approach into the ad corner that forces his veteran British opponent to backpedal behind the baseline, where he digs out a backhand lob. Attacking aggressively, the American launches consecutive overheads down the line.

The ball is no longer a blur — in fact it is now non-existent — but the players play on as the veteran lofts a lob to prolong the point.

Rapidly retreating behind the service line to track it down, the long-legged American explodes into the air aided by a guttural grunt as he slams an overhead cross court that careens into the corner and seems destined to end the match.

The rally has become a run-on sentence, and then the Brit makes a desperate dash toward the deuce court. The sideline-to-sideline sprint ends with a full-stretch forehand winner down the line serving as the exclamation point to punctuate this remarkable rally.

British fans clad in sleeveless Union Jack T-shirts explode in a resounding roar, while the rest of the crowd sits stoically still, showing less emotion than the Fred Perry statue stationed outside the stadium.

We’ve just witnessed one of the most dramatic Wimbledon championship points since John McEnroe saved seven match points against Bjorn Borg in the classic 1980 final, yet the moment fails to move most of the fans.

It’s not their fault. They can’t clap because they have no hands, and they can’t stand because they lack legs. It may sound like some sort of warped Wimbledon scene straight out of a Salvador Dali painting, but this is a different type of art at work and the striking scene concludes not with a chair umpire announcing the score, but with the director declaring "Cut!"

Welcome to "Wimbledon", the movie.

On the hottest day in the history of London, cast and crew of the Working Title Films project are filming on the hallowed lawn of Wimbledon’s Centre Court for the first time in a 14-week shooting schedule. Half the stadium is filled with the armless and legless mannequins (clapping hands will be added later through special effects to replicate thousands of applauding arms), while about 75 extras fill the front rows.

It is the first film to shoot on the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since the ponderous and passionless "Players" in 1979. The prestigious Grand Slam setting comes at quite a cost.

"I’m spending half my budget of the movie probably on the 12-18 minutes of the film that are the tennis scenes," reveals British director Richard Loncraine, 56, whose credits include "Richard III," which was nominated for four Academy Awards. "You couldn’t make a movie about Wimbledon without being at Wimbledon; so it’s a necessary expense. Probably 65 percent of the movie takes place around Wimbledon."

The lush lawns of the All England Club provide a serene setting for the film, which stars Kirsten Dunst, who plays Mary Jane in the "Spider-Man" franchise; Paul Bettany, who starred opposite Russell Crowe in the Academy Award-winning films "A Beautiful Mind" and "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World"; Sam Neill, who starred in the "Jurassic Park" films; and newcomer Austin Nichols, a 24-year-old from Austin, Texas, who is also in the summer blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow." In addition, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Mary Carillo and John Barrett appear in the film as television commentators. Working Title promotes the project as a romantic-comedy in the tradition of their previous hits "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and “Bridget Jones’s Diary."

Though it bears the name of the most famous tennis tournament in the world, describing “Wimbledon” solely as a tennis movie would be a bit like characterizing "Jerry Maguire" as a football film or "Billy Elliot" as a ballet movie. The film makers are seeking to present a story that succeeds on several different levels: as a romantic-comedy, as an uplifting underdog tale of a seemingly over-the-hill athlete refusing to relinquish his dream in the tradition of "Rocky," as an examination of the tennis hierarchy that parallels the British class system in separating the stars who reside in the posh prominence of the Top 20 from the working-class competitors toiling outside the Top 100 and as a cultural clash revealing the contrast in attitude and approach in the sporting sensibility of American and British players.

Dunst plays top-ranked American tennis star Lizzie Bradbury, who combines the ability of Serena Williams with the abrasiveness of John McEnroe and the allure of Anna Kournikova while performing under the pressure imposed by a domineering tennis father (Neill).

Bettany is 30-year-old Brighton native Peter Colt, a middle class son of a civil engineer. Once a bright British hope, Colt’s confidence has crumbled, his ranking has dropped to the depths of No. 157, and his morale and motivation are even lower until he receives a wild card into Wimbledon. Colt falls in love with Bradbury and the resulting relationship inspires a tennis resurrection that sees him rise from the relative obscurity of the outer courts to the Wimbledon final on Centre Court. In the climactic five-set championship match, Colt meets the arrogant American Jake Hammond (Nichols), the product of a prestigious tennis academy and former boyfriend of Bradbury when the pair were junior champions.

"Whether you love tennis or hate tennis, it doesn’t matter because you want to go on a journey with these people," says Liza Chasin, one of the film’s executive producers and an avid tennis player who grew up near the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. "Not only do people love the underdog story, but they love it when the underdog gets the girl too. We hear a lot from the old-timers here (All England Club members): ‘I was here when they made “Players”…’ We looked at “Players” to see what not to do."

Comparing the tennis scenes in "Players" to those in "Wimbledon" is like comparing the power of a wooden racquet to today’s high-tech composites. Take the most sensational points you’ve ever seen in a tennis match, condense them into a series of remarkable rallies, use voice-overs to provide insight into the players’ psyches, view the action from varied camera angles that sometimes mirror the players’ moves and present the proceedings from the ball’s point of view, add "Matrix"-style special effects, and you begin to get a sense of how this championship point plays out in the finished film.

For 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash, who serves as tennis advisor on the film and, with former French Open doubles champion Murphy Jensen, spent nearly four months coaching the actors, the climactic championship clash in the film transcends real tennis. Reality rarely looks so appealing to Cash.

"It’s make-believe, but it’s probably the ultimate tennis match," Cash says. "It’s got everything. It’s got all the action, the dives, let cords, guys sliding into the net, around the net post shots, spectacular winners. It’s got everything."

Everything, except Top 50 players. Jensen, who plays a colorful "Mad Ukrainian" character fond of smashing racquets, and Cash, who will make a cameo, are among the few current or former familiar pro faces in the film. The decision to use satellite players as opponents was because Top 100-ranked pros had left London to embark on the American summer hard court season by the time filming began and partly out of concern that seeing a prominent player like Serena Williams or Andre Agassi appear in a scene might alter the credibility of the film’s characters.

Prior to shooting the match point scene on Centre Court, Cash mimes the movements Nichols will make while the American actor serves as his shadow, mimicking Cash’s every move. Cash choreographed the points played out in the film, but on this day, he is standing in for Bettany, who became a first-time father the night before when wife Jennifer Connelly (the pair met on the set of "A Beautiful Mind") gave birth to the couple’s son.

"Austin, look desperate in your eyes when you rush the net," Cash advises Nichols before they shoot another take of the rally. Nichols starts the scene by hitting a strong serve, but after that he and Cash play out the entire rally without a ball. The ball will be added later through special effects.

"We’d burn too much film if we tried to hit an actual ball exactly where we need it to be for a shot," Chasin explains.

Making a line call without an actual ball in play is as challenging as writing on a computer with no monitor, yet that’s exactly the task the actors cast as line judges must perform. Fortunately, they have an experienced coach. London native Pauline Eyre, 36, who has worked 16 Wimbledons as a line judge, cast and trained the actors who play the line judges and serves as court consultant on the film to ensure authenticity.

"There’s always that little bit of tension in what they (the film makers) want to do artistically and what’s going to be authentic," Eyre says. "So I try to point out what is authentic to Wimbledon. I’m able to say, for instance, ‘There’s no way someone would be dressed like that in the royal box.’ But it’s up to them to make the final call."

Eyre, however, does have the final call on the lines. Well, sort of. She stands behind the camera and signals the calls while facing the film’s lines people, who mirror her motions.

"As a group, they were much more concerned about standing out so that I would notice them and cast them as lines people," she says, "which is opposed to what we normally teach, which is to do everything exactly the same as everyone else. Of course, the one thing that they don’t have to do is call the lines."

Aesthetics supplant authenticity in other areas as well. Since the All England Club is a private club, the crew could not film in the actual locker room where members dress. So they constructed a replica of the players’ locker room directly across from the statue of Fred Perry.

"To be honest, it’s probably better than the real locker room," Cash says.

Outside the court, a crew member spray paints tennis balls optic yellow so they will appear bright in the film. A film camera on a track circles the upper area of the Centre Court seats providing a continuous tracking shot of the action on court. Large lights blaring brightly on rigs are wheeled around the second tier of seats to set up for the next shot. The Centre Court grass is a lush, glowing green with no traces of the brown blotches of sod so apparent by the fortnight’s finish. The long lens cameras held by extras playing photographers are actually wooden props, but bear the weight and details of real cameras.

The most significant change to Centre Court is the black and white silks the size of small sails that are strung on cables, creating a silken retractable roof. Riggers, hanging beneath the overhang of Centre Court, position the silks across pulleys. There may be enough silk to create a cover for Stonehenge here.

"No one has ever covered Centre Court with blacks and silks before," Loncraine says. "It’s too big an area to light totally; so we’ve done it this way to get separation and put shade over the crowd so there is a difference between the players who are in the sun and the crowd who are in the shade."

Though Nichols has been sweating beneath a sweltering sun, makeup artists spray him in the face with water after every shot. Wardrobe workers snap Polaroid pictures of him after every scene to ensure continuity in the look of the actor’s Nike tennis clothes.

Nichols, who bears a bit of a resemblance to three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, may be a tennis novice, but his first Wimbledon appearance came on Centre Court during the 2003 tournament. All England Club officials delayed the start of a Tim Henman match a half hour so that Nichols and Bettany could walk on and off the court in shots that will be used as part of their film final.

The experience prompted a profound physical reaction in the young actor, whose name was inspired by the distiller of Wild Turkey.

"There’s no acting involved — you’re just shitting your pants just walking out there on Centre Court in front of a real crowd," Nichols says with a smile. "At the same time, you’re trying to keep cool, keep a level head and give a wave. Then they say ‘cut’ and your knees are shaking and you’re ready to fall down. That ranks right up there as one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life."

It has been a remarkable transformation for Nichols, who confides his past tennis experience consisted of "swinging the racquet a few times as a kid" before winning the part of the American prodigy. The actor consulted the classics in preparing for his part — not Shakespearean plays, but classic Wimbledon contests.

"I started watching footage of vintage stuff: Borg and McEnroe, Ashe and Connors, Betty Stove and Virginia Wade," Nichols says. "I watched a lot of Rafter. I love Ferrero’s forehand. And I’ve been watching Gustavo a bunch; his backhand is gorgeous."

Though he never played competitive tennis in his life, Nichols is an accomplished water skier, whose mother is a nine-time national champion. Nichols started in that sport at the age of two and won the America’s Challenge title at age 17. His balance and athleticism are apparent in a serve that appears as powerful as a college player’s and a solid forehand. His backhand is less reliable, primarily because he switched from a two-hander to a one-hander a week before filming began at Wimbledon, after noticing most of the players in the movie play with one-handed backhands. He has mastered the subtle rituals players perform between points, such as staring intently at his racquet strings, nodding quickly to a ball boy to request another ball and smacking the side of his sneakers with his racquet frame.

"I knew nothing about tennis over the last 10 years, and one of the most fun parts for me is discovering those little things players do, like making little knots at the end of their shoelaces," Nichols says. "I’m trying to do as much as I can with the real ball in scenes, but it’s tough because sometimes they set up the camera so that it’s in your way when you swing."

All of the principal actors had more obvious obstacles to overcome in attempting to master in a matter of months a skill sport none of them grew up playing. Initial impressions formed from watching the lead actors play tennis during pre-production produced a reaction from Cash more consistent with a Stephen King-thriller than a romantic-comedy.

"To be honest, I was horrified," Cash replies when asked how he assessed the actors’ tennis talents. "I mean, these are guys who literally never played any ball sports in their lives and we’re trying to turn them into tennis champions. But they’re very hard-working people. There were no hissy-fits."

Forsaking function in favor of form, Cash took an unconventional approach to transforming the actors into celluloid champions.

"What we had to do is reverse coaching, which is exciting for me because as a coach working with juniors I don’t always care exactly what they look like as long as the ball goes in the court consistently," Cash says. "I did the opposite with these guys: You’ve got to look good hitting it, but I don’t care where the ball goes."

Tennis stars do not travel with stunt doubles in their entourage, but Bettany could have used one after his collision with the court in duplicating a dive reminiscent of the young Boris Becker.

"When we first started shooting, Paul had to do a diving, stretching scene," Cash recalls. "He cracked his rib and literally scraped the skin off his leg from sliding. There’s blood on his leg and he had already hurt his back in the first scene and I’m like, ‘Welcome to tennis. Now you’re a real player.’ Then it (his leg) got infected because of the fertilizer on the grass. So it was tough. The (opening) Monte Carlo (scene) was filmed in April. Since then Paul and Austin have improved so much."

It is almost 7 p.m. and cast and crew have filmed part of two scenes during the previous 11 hours. Anxious to refine his strokes, Nichols asks Cash to practice with him and they engage in a spirited session on Court 6. Clad in his trademark checkered headband and looking as fit as he did during his playing days, Cash is bombing serves at Nichols, who is gamely doing his best to return them.

As twilight brings the curtain down on daylight, athlete and actor share the court in a match of fact and fantasy and both are clearly relishing their roles.

"Austin’s forehand is fantastic. It’s absolutely as good as anyone’s on the circuit. I swear to God," Cash exclaims with the exuberance of a proud parent excited by his child’s potential. "He came from scratch and has worked so hard. Give him another four months and this kid could be on the circuit… Well, not really.
"There’s a lot more to the game of tennis than just the strokes, but he looks the part and that’s really the main thing."

tennischick
06-15-2004, 12:13 PM
can't wait to see the SNL version...;)

alfonsojose
06-15-2004, 02:55 PM
Pat Cash is the tennis advisor :scared: :bolt:

Fumus
06-18-2004, 06:16 PM
I think this movie looks good, I am excited about it!

alfonsojose
06-23-2004, 05:09 PM
I bet there's no :rain: at the movie :tape:

http://www.wimbledonthemovie.com/

MissPovaFan
06-23-2004, 05:10 PM
I can't wait! It sounds legendary to me!

J. Corwin
06-24-2004, 01:00 AM
If anything, this movie will give tennis more public exposure. So there's a plus.

gina_
06-24-2004, 08:37 AM
I would watch it though...just to see what it's like.

You never know, although Kirsten and Paul are totally odd choices for the leading roles.

Action Jackson
06-24-2004, 08:49 AM
I wonder if this movie will clean up at the Razzy awards next year?

alfonsojose
06-24-2004, 01:15 PM
I would watch it though...just to see what it's like.

You never know, although Kirsten and Paul are totally odd choices for the leading roles.

Casanova and Stepanek could do it better. At least they're real tennis players. ;)

alfonsojose
08-24-2004, 01:39 PM
30 days to go .. :scared:

Ads
08-24-2004, 03:26 PM
I wonder if this movie will clean up at the Razzy awards next year?

i think that honour goes to catwoman

joeb_uk
08-24-2004, 03:30 PM
i think it will be an embarassing film!

alfonsojose
08-24-2004, 03:53 PM
i think that honour goes to catwoman
:haha: :haha: :cat: :shout:

BmxBandit
08-24-2004, 05:40 PM
On that day it's gonna be 8 years since my father passed away...I don't think I'll go see it on the exact date.

Havok
08-24-2004, 05:57 PM
Ack, bad timing for a premier on your case bmx.:hug:

Anyways I think lots of people will just wait until it comes out on DVD/VHS, shouldn't take long though.;) It's gonna be a crappy movie which will be bumped off from the list of movies being played at theatres and will quickly make an appearance in video stores.

loeliepoelie
08-24-2004, 06:02 PM
I assume it premiers the 24th in the US, but when will it premier in Europe??? Anybody know? I'll probably check it out, john mac has a little scene in it, that's always funny! Hope it's a good movie! :cool:

alfonsojose
08-24-2004, 06:51 PM
On that day it's gonna be 8 years since my father passed away...I don't think I'll go see it on the exact date.

:hug:

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-24-2004, 07:22 PM
ha!

can't wait to see the SNL version...;)

*Ljubica*
08-24-2004, 07:48 PM
On that day it's gonna be 8 years since my father passed away...I don't think I'll go see it on the exact date.


:hug: It will be 8 years in November since my Mother passed away so I know how it feels BmxBandit. Take care of yourself.

Dux
08-25-2004, 12:42 AM
How often ther's even a tennis a scene on a movie? let alone a movie about tennis, or at least partially about it.

We shouldn't expect a good movie, but we should go & support a movie about th sport we like, & get some good laughs out of how silly this movie will be.

I'm expecting this movie not because it's great, or because of the actors, just because it's about Tennis, & I don't think there will be many other tennis movies in my lifetime, so I'll try to enjoy it :D

CooCooCachoo
08-25-2004, 06:23 AM
I won't go and watch it in the cinema lol.. Maybe I'll rent it or whatever..

superpinkone37
08-25-2004, 06:33 AM
i will probably go see it just because. i know it most likely is gonna be a sucky movie, but its about tennis so i will give it a chance. maybe we will be pleasantly surprised??? i dunno but i kinda wanna see how those digital tennis scenes turn out. i hope they made it look real, not like the matrix or something lol

alfonsojose
08-27-2004, 06:30 PM
I'm getting more and more :scared:

http://www.tennis.com/netcetera/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=94536&itype=1298&iCategoryID=289

.. Although McEnroe, Mary Carillo, and Chris Evert appear as commentators, the rest of the pros used for the movie's matches are journeymen who will be unrecognizable to most fans. (Except for one player—keep your eyes peeled for Murphy Jensen, the 1993 Roland Garros doubles champion who appears as "The Mad Ukrainian.") ..

:eek: :scared: :scared: :scared: The Mad Ukrainian ? Can't they find something dumber? OMFG, even Felilie Mauresmo is a funnier nickname :rolleyes:

loeliepoelie
08-27-2004, 06:44 PM
I'm getting more and more :scared:

http://www.tennis.com/netcetera/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=94536&itype=1298&iCategoryID=289

.. Although McEnroe, Mary Carillo, and Chris Evert appear as commentators, the rest of the pros used for the movie's matches are journeymen who will be unrecognizable to most fans. (Except for one player—keep your eyes peeled for Murphy Jensen, the 1993 Roland Garros doubles champion who appears as "The Mad Ukrainian.") ..

:eek: :scared: :scared: :scared: The Mad Ukrainian ? Can't they find something dumber? OMFG, even Felilie Mauresmo is a funnier nickname :rolleyes:


:haha:

Corey Feldman
08-27-2004, 07:50 PM
The mad Ukrainian? that's really andrei medvedev :tape:

alfonsojose
09-10-2004, 06:53 PM
Pics :tape:

http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&id=1808471030&cf=pstills&intl=us

:lol: at McEnroe and Evert

Layla
09-10-2004, 07:33 PM
Paul Bettany! :hearts::hearts:

I'm sorry, that's my most intelligent contribution to this thread until I see the movie. Can't wait to see it, but I doubt it will make it to the theaters in Slovenia. I'll probably have to wait for the DVD version. :(

BaselineSmash
09-10-2004, 08:36 PM
I won't go and watch it in the cinema lol.. Maybe I'll rent it or whatever..

Downloading seems the way to go.

I will be glad if this film loses money, and I will do my utmost (bad word-of-mouth, distributing free downloaded copies etc.) to contribute to that.

alfonsojose
09-13-2004, 08:09 PM
Jon Wertheim says .. "Bad news: Word is that the Kirsten Dunst movie, Wimbledon, is watchable, the same way Serena's attire is modest." .. predictable

the movie opens september 17th now :eek: :bolt:

Isabella
09-13-2004, 11:27 PM
I'll definately going anyways to make fun of how horrible the fake tennis looks. The movie's not even about tennis, it's just kind of related to it.
If they replaced Dunst with someone actually likeable and believable as a tennis player, i would probably be more excited. I'm sure there will be cute moments

Chloe le Bopper
09-14-2004, 02:59 AM
I bet there's no :rain: at the movie :tape:

http://www.wimbledonthemovie.com/
Heh. You bet wrong.

I went to a media screening of this the day before the main draw of the USO started. A friend of mine does some writing and invited me to go with her. It's not nearly as bad as everybody here seems to be hoping and praying for it to be. It's actually quite amusing. The problem with the movie, imo, is that non tennis fans simply won't get a lot of it. It's no worse than the other 500 romantic comedies that are crapped out of Hollywood every year.

There are a few things that happen that would absolutely never happen (ie: they play the mens semifinal on an outercourt, lol), but overall it could be a lot worse.

Chloe le Bopper
09-14-2004, 03:02 AM
What I found funny about it was the constant name dropping ("I saw you play Tommy Haas in San Jose last year"), the cameos by commentators (Johnny Mac, Mary Carillo, erm, I seem to remember Pan Shriver being there but don't hold me to that), and a few other things. For example, Roddick haters (and lovers for that matter) should enjoy the mockary of a character they created as the top American :eek: (I will say no more about that - you'll have to see for yourself :tape: )

alfonsojose
09-14-2004, 02:27 PM
Becca :cool: thanks for the info

SuperFurryAnimal
09-14-2004, 02:37 PM
I guess I will only watch it because the gorgeous Paul Bettany is in it... :inlove:
He's almost as hot as Rainer! ;)

the cat
09-14-2004, 03:41 PM
Here are some photos of Maria Sharapova, Chris Evert and Kirsten Dunst at the Wimbledon movie premiere. The photos are located at www.mariaworld.net/offcourti.htm

alfonsojose
09-14-2004, 04:41 PM
Here's one from WTA website :)

Tennis Fool
09-17-2004, 04:16 AM
New York Times gives it a "thumbs up".

September 17, 2004
MOVIE REVIEW | 'WIMBLEDON'

Learning to Win at Love With a Center Court Rally
By STEPHEN HOLDEN

ill pre-match sexual hijinks give you the edge you need to win at tennis? Or will they distract you from mobilizing the killer instinct essential to victory? That's the earth-shattering question at the heart of "Wimbledon," a likable, formulaic sports movie that follows the miraculous comeback of an insecure 31-year-old British tennis pro, Peter Colt (Paul Bettany), whose career resurrects on the wings of love.

In the eight years since Peter placed 11th in the international tennis rankings, he has sunk to 119th. At Wimbledon, where he's playing his last professional matches before taking a job as a tennis instructor at a fancy club, he meets and falls in love with an American tennis pro, Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst). A super-competitive athlete, on the fast track to the women's championship, Lizzie appears unstoppable until Paul enters her life. As her defenses start to crumble, her concentration falters and the trajectories of their careers unexpectedly reverse. Paul credits Lizzie with spurring his triumphs, while she bitterly blames him for her fall from grace.

"Wimbledon's" most refreshing idea is to present a sports hero who doesn't see himself primarily as an invincible fighting machine. Peter, who narrates the movie and whose jumbled interior thoughts are heard at tense moments, has a mind and a soul as well as a body. He is courtly, witty, sensitive and apologetic to a fault, but he is no smoothie.

Until she meets him, Lizzie is a snippy, wisecracking know-it-all pursuing the win-at-all-costs agenda of her pushy father, Dennis (Sam Neill). Dennis immediately perceives Peter as a threat and tries to keep him away from his daughter, but he won't be stopped. Lizzie is adept enough at compartmentalizing her life to have enjoyed a number of meaningless flings on the road without becoming distracted. She is all business when she first sleeps with Paul. When she loses control, she loses her temper.

Ms. Dunst projects the lithe physical grace of a born athlete, but she has a delicate line to tread to keep Lizzie sympathetic. Her skill at balancing Lizzie's smugness and vulnerability is a tricky feat she carries off by portraying her conflicting urges as the suppressed inner tug of war by someone too self-disciplined for melodrama. Until she cracks, the conflict registers mostly as subtle, telling changes in expression and body language.

Although the movie shows only fleeting glimpses of Lizzie in action, a good portion of Peter's screen time is spent sweating on the court. The tennis scenes, though credible, are pumped up and stretched out for suspense and embellished with dramatic glitches: an official's wrong call, a sudden downpour and several falls.

"Wimbledon," which opens nationally today, was directed by Richard Loncraine, the guiding hand behind Ian McKellan's streamlined, Fascist-era "Richard III" and the cult comedy "Brimstone and Treacle." Although "Wimbledon" is a much more conventional film, it still has cleverer-than-average dialogue and sharply drawn subsidiary characters.

Among them are Peter's bratty younger brother, Carl (James McAvoy), who bets on Peter to lose; the brothers' eccentric, unhappily married parents, Edward (Bernard Hill) and Augusta (Eleanor Bron); and Peter's ultimate opponent, Jake Hammond (Austin Nichols), a spoiled, sour American pretty boy who comes over as instantly loathsome.

The movie is strung with many annoying narrative tchotchkes. Peter and Lizzie meet cute in a hotel when he is accidentally given the keys to her suite and catches her in the shower. Lizzie and her father have a noisy little dog that threatens to give away a secret midnight rendezvous. A comet appears just in time to underline a passionate kiss, then vanishes as soon as the lovers have their first fight. A worshipful ball boy keeps reappearing — Peter's good luck omen.

Peter and Lizzie are the latest screen couple spun off from a familiar romantic template: the soft Brit male heartthrob and the hard female American go-getter. Think Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in "Notting Hill," and real-life couples like Guy Ritchie and Madonna, and Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. Mr. Bettany's thoughtful, open-hearted Peter makes American sports heroes with their Rambo-style machismo look like brass-knuckled babies. He is generous enough to go after a woman who has more drive without being frightened off. It all has a vague historical subtext. Sure, the Brits are more civilized, but the Americans are the winners. It's been that way since 1776.

"Wimbledon" is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned.) It has sexual situations and some strong language.

WIMBLEDON

Directed by Richard Loncraine; written by Adam Brooks, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin; director of photography, Darius Khondji; edited by Humphrey Dixon; music by Edward Shearmur; production designer, Brian Morris; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin and Mary Richards; released by Universal Pictures. Running time: 100 minutes. This film is rated PG-13.

WITH: Kirsten Dunst (Lizzie Bradbury), Paul Bettany (Peter Colt), Sam Neill (Dennis Bradbury), James McAvoy (Carl Colt), John Favreau (Ron Roth), Bernard Hill (Edward Colt), Eleanor Bron (Augusta Colt), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Dieter Prohl) and Austin Nichols (Jake Hammond).

Socket
09-17-2004, 04:25 AM
Sure, the Brits are more civilized, but the Americans are the winners. It's been that way since 1776.

:rolls:

YoursTruly
09-17-2004, 02:00 PM
Stupid actors (especially Kirsten Dunst yucko), good sport.

alfonsojose
09-17-2004, 02:11 PM
The movie is strung with many annoying narrative tchotchkes. Peter and Lizzie meet cute in a hotel when he is accidentally given the keys to her suite and catches her in the shower :ras:

|-Safin_Coria-|
09-17-2004, 02:52 PM
at first i thought that this movie was going to be :smash:
but now, i kinda wanna see it! i'm a fool for chick flicks... :rolleyes:
i don't think i'd spend $9 to see it though

Dux
09-17-2004, 04:04 PM
I'll see it as soon as it comes out in Mexico, which year we'll be seeing it here is a whole other matter :mad:

Space Cowgirl
09-17-2004, 08:17 PM
there's a trailer for it on the www.msn.com homepage

AgassiFan
09-18-2004, 12:10 AM
The movie is crap (genre-transcending Kill Bill all the way baby!) but I must say that the main character's real wife, Jen Connelly, is crazy-desireable and very nice to boot.

Labyrinth 4EVAH! ;)

loner1984
09-18-2004, 01:16 AM
I actually saw a "behind-the-scenes" type documentary on this movie on the Tennis Channel and it looked very interesting. Paul Bettany spent 6 months learning tennis from Murphy Jensen (of all people) and has good enough form to pass as a 5.0 (NTRP) player. Kirsten on the other hand looks awkward when she hits her balls. Also the tennis scenes are actually mimed or mimicked. The actors aren't actually playing tennis, they add a little hollywood movie magic and the ball is digital. So the actors just swing and they don't actually hit anything. I will probably rent this movie or even buy the DVD if I find it good enough.
I don't necessarily like chick flicks though.

azza
09-18-2004, 01:25 AM
Aussie Challenger players Alun Jones and Beti Sekulovski star in it :)

Kirsten Dunsts Defeats Beti :tape: :lol:

Billabong
09-18-2004, 02:32 AM
so... who saw it so far;)??

|-Safin_Coria-|
09-18-2004, 02:33 AM
i watched the movie trailer for it, and some clips...i really wanna see it now! it looks so funny and cute :p

Billabong
09-18-2004, 02:35 AM
lol;)!

superpinkone37
09-18-2004, 03:40 AM
yeah....i had been hearing so much bad crap about it, but then the reviews for the movie now that it has come out in theaters are actually very decent. and those on here who have seen it seem to have enjoyed it for the most part. i think i will probably go and see it this weekend. i know its not gonna be the best film but i think it will be interesting....i wanna see how the tennis parts look and i think that us tennis fans will get more out of it than the average moviegoer

ae wowww
09-18-2004, 05:54 PM
but the reviewers arent tennis fans/people...

RoddickBabe10
09-19-2004, 06:09 AM
I just came back from the movies and the first thing I did was log on here to share my views on it lol.

"Wimbledon" isn't really as bas as people here think it is. Actually, I thought it would be an embarassing movie, you know, being a tennis fan and everything. But, the movie doesn't really "revolve" in tennis. You know, it was about these two people that met in Wimbledon, fell in love, inspired one another, etc. (you know, all the mushy chick flick stuff lol) It's sort of like a comedic-drama movie and I hate to admit it, but I actually thought it was pretty good.

Well, as to the tennis stuff about it is a whole different story. The tennis, IMO, was very digitalized. Anyway, there was rain in the movie. And John McEnroe, Mary Carillo and Chris Evert also "star" in it lol. One funny part about this movie that really cracked me up was when Johnny Mac was commentating... he said, "And here is Peter Colt, he had to beat HEWITT and FEDERER to be in this finals..." :haha: The people in the theater were looking at me like I'm some sort of a weirdo, but I hope some of you know why I think it's very funny :lol: :scratch:

ae wowww
09-19-2004, 09:13 PM
is it worth me going to see this/buy it - honeslty?

alfonsojose
09-20-2004, 03:38 AM
One funny part about this movie that really cracked me up was when Johnny Mac was commentating... he said, "And here is Peter Colt, he had to beat HEWITT and FEDERER to be in this finals..." :haha: The people in the theater were looking at me like I'm some sort of a weirdo, but I hope some of you know why I think it's very funny :lol: :scratch:

:lol: Peter Colt could play at TMC if he wins Wimbledon :tape:

Deboogle!.
09-20-2004, 06:08 AM
It made less than $8 million and debuted in the US at #4..... that's um..... not too great. Lucky for the studio it only cost about $31 mil to make...

Red~Ruby
09-20-2004, 09:13 AM
I can't see why some are so negative about this movie coming out, I think it can do no harm for tennis, if anything only good. There is never a movie made about tennis so we should appreciate this and enjoy it while it circulates the media.
We should support it or just treat it like a normal movie, not purposely diss it because it 'doesn't represent the real side of tennis'. Any publicity is good publicity. Maybe it is a romantic comedy, yet so many movies have been made about other sports so this is great that tennis can now also get a shot at this. So lets just be happy with it being here.

alfonsojose
09-20-2004, 01:18 PM
from yahoo

http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/weekendboxofficea.html

"Wimbledon," a romantic comedy starring Kirsten Dunst as a rising tennis player who falls for a fading tennis star played by British actor Paul Bettany, grabbed the No. 4 spot with $7.8 million.

Fumus
09-20-2004, 02:24 PM
I saw it and it was great. The effects were really cool, and you can't really even tell that the players aren't hitting a ball. The players are hitting nothing and the ball is placed in using CGI. There are alot of funny scenes and there is alot of over dramatized tennis. I think alot of people who didn't know about the sport learned sooo much by watching it. It's also sorta inspiring after I watched I went out and played tennis for 3hrs.

alfonsojose
09-20-2004, 02:33 PM
:lol: Fumus. That's :cool:

Fumus
09-20-2004, 02:35 PM
Alf that's reputable ;)

Deboogle!.
09-20-2004, 03:21 PM
the entertainment weekly review was actually decent. And they made particular mention of the tennis scenes and how well-done they are.. they give it a B, which for EW is pretty good


Wimbledon

Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman

The English actor Paul Bettany is pale and freckled, with the sort of very light eyebrows that never do a screen star's handsomeness any favors. His face always seems to be on the verge of a scowl, and his teeth are just jagged enough to make it look like he's fantasizing about biting someone. Yet that elfin-psycho leer is part of his magnetism, and in movies like A Knight's Tale and Gangster No. 1 and A Beautiful Mind, Bettany has been extraordinary. Wimbledon, a tennis-world love story that pairs him with Kirsten Dunst, is nothing more than amiable fluff, yet Bettany infuses it with a brazen dash of reality. You believe in him, even when you don't quite believe in the movie.

He plays Peter Colt, a oncedecent but never great tennis player who knows that even his mild glory days are behind him. Peter, who is ranked 119th in the world, has drawn his umpteenth slot at Wimbledon, but he's well aware he's just going through the motions before he slips into a comfortable dull life as a tennis pro. When he meets Lizzie Bradbury, an American rising star played by Dunst as an affectionate brat, you may think that you've wandered into a groaner of a romance, the sort of movie that should have been called Love, Set, Match. Wimbledon is better than that, even if the courtship itself is strictly standard. These two fall in love at first serve, and the only mild obstruction to their fling is Lizzie's father (a glowering Sam Neill), who doesn't want anything to interfere with his daughter's championship hopes. Wimbledon, it turns out, is really Peter's story. Falling for Lizzie invigorates him; it gives him the confidence and verve to muster what he's been missing on the court -- the killer instinct. Despite his lowly ranking, he begins to win matches, one after another.

Wimbledon sounds like a fairy tale, and it is. Yet Bettany radiates such decency, hunger, and corkscrew charm that he makes Peter a genuine human being, a kind of forehand version of Hugh Grant in About a Boy. I only wish the script had been as witty and introspective as that film's. With the exception of Jon Favreau, who's hilarious as a benign huckster of an agent, Wimbledon is as quirk-free and uniform as a freshly groomed tennis lawn. The matches themselves are terrifically shot and edited, placing us right in the speed-heat of the action. One of the canniest moves made by the director, Richard Loncraine, wasn't just to teach his actors to play tennis but to keep that skill hidden for a while. When the camera finally draws back and reveals that, yep, it's Bettany who just made that shot, we're seduced into feeling that we're seeing a real match. Can Peter take the champion's cup? The small triumph of Wimbledon is that it makes you care about whether he does.

(Posted:09/24/04)

alfonsojose
09-20-2004, 03:24 PM
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Fumus again.
:p

WyveN
09-20-2004, 03:52 PM
You have a British guy playing his Wimbledon semi final match on court 2...........I know movies like Star Wars stretched reality but this is ridiculous.

alfonsojose
09-20-2004, 04:30 PM
Maybe there was long :rain: delays that week and Tim Henman is playing the other semi against Alfonso Acosta, the first "out" gay player :cool: ;) :lol: on Centre court. And court one was in bad conditions 'coz of a damage in the covers that nobody noticed ;)

tommy_girl
09-20-2004, 07:20 PM
I guess I will only watch it because the gorgeous Paul Bettany is in it... :inlove:
He's almost as hot as Rainer! ;)

honestly.. he reminds me of rainer. ;)

alfonsojose
09-20-2004, 07:23 PM
Yes. I like Bettany too. :drool:

*M*
09-20-2004, 11:00 PM
One funny part about this movie that really cracked me up was when Johnny Mac was commentating... he said, "And here is Peter Colt, he had to beat HEWITT and FEDERER to be in this finals..." :haha: The people in the theater were looking at me like I'm some sort of a weirdo, but I hope some of you know why I think it's very funny :lol: :scratch:
I laughed at this part too. Well, actually I muttered to myself, "Yeah, right, this guy beat Federer." I heard a couple other people in the audience snicker too. I think it was his opponent (can't remember the character's name) who "beat" them, though. They also had Andy Roddick going out in like the second round.

What was with that guy's headband? It seemed to push his hair down onto his face, which would drive me crazy. I kept waiting for the whole thing to come popping off his head.

I agree that a Brit making the semis and not being on Centre Court is pretty dumb, but I guess they figured non-tennis fans wouldn't notice.

I thought Paul Bettany was great, but Kirsten Dunst didn't strike me as a tennis player (or athlete) in any way, shape or form. The movie started off well, mainly because it started out about him. In fact, I think the movie would have been better off just about him, the characters he encounters in the tennis world, and his experiences and liaisons (kind of like a fiction version of "The Journeymen"). Then again, maybe that's what "Players" was about. I've never seen that movie, but I heard it was pretty bad. Anybody here see it?

It's too bad they shot the movie last year. I wonder if they would have rewritten the story at all given Roger Federer's (repeat) and Maria Sharapova's success this year.

RoddickBabe10
09-21-2004, 02:45 AM
We should support it or just treat it like a normal movie, not purposely diss it because it 'doesn't represent the real side of tennis'. Any publicity is good publicity. Maybe it is a romantic comedy, yet so many movies have been made about other sports so this is great that tennis can now also get a shot at this. So lets just be happy with it being here.
:worship: :worship: You definitely deserve rep points for that! :yeah:
I agree. I mean, for sure, the movie isn't like the "real tennis" but at least, you know, the sport is getting publicity and hey, debuting at #4 isn't too bad to me. Personally, I don't like chick flicks but, you know, I saw the movie anyway just because, you know, I wanted to support it :)

Maybe there was long :rain: delays that week and Tim Henman is playing the other semi against Alfonso Acosta, the first "out" gay player :cool: ;) :lol: on Centre court. And court one was in bad conditions 'coz of a damage in the covers that nobody noticed ;)

:haha: :haha:
When I was watching the movie, though, I thought maybe Timmy could be this guy, you know, him winning Wimbledon at 31 or before he retires. That would be awesome lol.

I laughed at this part too. Well, actually I muttered to myself, "Yeah, right, this guy beat Federer." I heard a couple other people in the audience snicker too. I think it was his opponent (can't remember the character's name) who "beat" them, though. They also had Andy Roddick going out in like the second round.

Yeah, the Jake Hammond dude :lol: Yeah, he is like the top-American player or something and to me, they made him look like 50% Pete Sampras with a 50% mix of Federer's looks lol. Anyway, yeah "Andy Roddick went out in the second round", that was pretty funny as well lol.

wipeout
09-21-2004, 11:42 AM
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1808471030&intl=us

Comedy and Romance
1 hr. 40 min.

Peter Colt (Bettany) is an unlucky guy, scoring "love" both professionally and personally. Seeded near the bottom of the world tennis ranks, he manages to score a wild card, allowing him to play in the prestigious Wimbledon tournament. There, he meets and falls in love with American tennis star Lizzie Bradbury (Dunst). Fueled by a mixture of his newfound luck, love and on-court prowess, Peter works his way up the ranks of the tournament players and actually stands a chance of fulfilling his lifelong dream of winning the men's singles title - if his luck can just hold out.


I think I saw this movie already... ;)

[Mr. X] is an unlucky guy, scoring "love" both professionally and [in mental stability]. Seeded near the bottom of the world tennis ranks, he manages to score a wild card, allowing him to play in the prestigious Wimbledon tournament. There, he sees and falls in love with [the bizarre kids TV show "the Teletubbies"]. Fueled by a mixture of [painkillers], [Teletubbie-watching] and on-court [genius and insanity of his three personalities], [Mr. X] works his way up the ranks of the tournament players and actually stands a chance of fulfilling his lifelong dream of winning the men's singles title - if his [drug-numbed left-shoulder] can just hold out.

That was more a comedy, drama and horror movie, though. :D

Space Cowgirl
09-21-2004, 03:00 PM
I think I saw this movie already... ;)

[Mr. X] is an unlucky guy, scoring "love" both professionally and [in mental stability]. Seeded near the bottom of the world tennis ranks, he manages to score a wild card, allowing him to play in the prestigious Wimbledon tournament. There, he sees and falls in love with [the bizarre kids TV show "the Teletubbies"]. Fueled by a mixture of [painkillers], [Teletubbie-watching] and on-court [genius and insanity of his three personalities], [Mr. X] works his way up the ranks of the tournament players and actually stands a chance of fulfilling his lifelong dream of winning the men's singles title - if his [drug-numbed left-shoulder] can just hold out.

That was more a comedy, drama and horror movie, though. :D


:yeah:
Welcome to the forum BTW :wavey:

wipeout
09-21-2004, 08:22 PM
:yeah:
Welcome to the forum BTW :wavey:

Thanks for the welcome. :)

I was a big Goran fan when he played. I wonder what he thinks of a movie that sounds quite a bit like what he did in 2001...

Dux
09-21-2004, 10:18 PM
Thanks for the welcome. :)

I was a big Goran fan when he played. I wonder what he thinks of a movie that sounds quite a bit like what he did in 2001...

I was wondering the same thing :wavey:

Tennis Fool
10-06-2004, 03:59 AM
I was going to start a thread: Which player do you like better? Andy Roddick or Jake Hammond?

But I don't think enough people will get it.

sebgrosfan
10-07-2004, 09:55 AM
I just saw the film yesterday and I really liked it. Sure, it's a bit cheesy but who cares? It was *fun* and it's set at Wimbledon. Wimbledon, people! It's got Paul Bettany playing tennis. Paul Bettany, people!

poundcatt
10-07-2004, 11:24 AM
www.rottentomatoes.com on a scale of 0 (rotten) to fresh (100) rates it as 62%. BTW this is a great site to read dozens of short reviews from both media and movie-goers of all video, movies, DVD's etc.

Ferrero Forever
10-07-2004, 11:36 AM
Yeah wimbledon was GREAT, my friend clapped when it finished though, she hated it! No mention of juan carlos though :(

Roger-No.1
10-28-2004, 03:40 PM
Peter Colt, the tennis star.... And I thought I had seen everything

Tennis Fool
07-08-2012, 03:09 AM
Only took 8 years, but could we see life following art, with an underdog Brit winning Wimbledon?

Of course, the movie also had him falling for the American star, and I don't think that a Andy Murray/Serena Williams romance is in the cards. ;)

a_boy
07-08-2012, 03:17 AM
In the movie the old guy at the end of his career wins. ;)

Tennis Fool
07-08-2012, 03:20 AM
In the movie the old guy at the end of his career wins. ;)

Yeah, but in the movie, he was a journeyman. :p

abraxas21
07-08-2012, 03:27 AM
crap film