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Wimbledon film poster
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Produced by Tim Bevan,
Eric Fellner,
Liza Chasin,
Mary Richards
Written by Adam Brooks,
Jennifer Flackett,
Mark Levin
Starring Paul Bettany
Kirsten Dunst
Sam Neill
Jon Favreau
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Darius Khondji
Editing by Humphrey Dixon
Studio StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 13 September 2004
Running time 98 min.
Language English
Budget ~ US$31,000,000

Wimbledon is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine. The film centers on a washed-up tennis pro named Peter Colt (played by Paul Bettany) and an up-and-coming tennis star named Lizzie Bradbury (played by Kirsten Dunst) during the Wimbledon Championships.

The movie was dedicated to Mark McCormack, who died on May 16, 2003 after suffering cardiac arrest four months earlier.

The story was inspired by Goran Ivanišević, a Croatian tennis player who won Wimbledon in 2001, becoming the only player to win men's singles at Wimbledon with a wildcard entry.



Paul Bettany plays Peter Colt, a journeyman English professional tennis player ranked 119th in the world. He earns a wildcard spot to the Wimbledon tournament. Tired of it all, he resolves to quit after this last tournament, and even gets a job to coach tennis at a country club. However, as Wimbledon begins, Peter meets and falls in love with Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst), a young, brilliant, American tennis pro. As their love grows, Peter's game gets better and better, winning his semi-final match in straight sets — while Lizzie loses hers, having lost her focus after a night together with Peter. Peter begins playing the final match against Jake Hammond, an arrogant American star who Peter has already had an argument with involving Lizzie, but finds himself outclassed. Lizzie, on her way home to America, sees an interview in which Peter apologizes, and comes back to Wimbledon. With Lizzie cheering him on, Peter wins the title, and retires. He and Lizzie marry, and Lizzie goes on to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon twice. In the last scene Peter is with his and Lizzie's youngest child, a boy, watching Lizzie and their eldest child, a girl, play tennis together on a New York court.


Real tennis professionals on set


The actors served with real tennis balls. All others were added digitally.

Filming locations

Some scenes were filmed during the Championships in 2003 between matches. It is the only time in the history of the tournament that this has been allowed.

The London Zoo's entrance was used for the entrance to Wimbledon.

The beachfront scenes were filmed on location in Brighton.


Reviews of the film were overall mixed, with a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 139 reviews[1]. The New York Times review stated that Wimbeldon was a "much more conventional film" but with "cleverer-than-average dialogue and sharply drawn subsidiary characters".[2]


The film's digital soundtrack uses the "Surround EX" format, the same track format used for the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The song that plays in the trailer of the movie is "Everlasting Love" by U2.


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Wimbledon (2004) is a romantic comedy film about a washed-up tennis pro named Peter Colt (played by Paul Bettany) and an up and coming tennis star called Lizzie Bradbury (played by Kirsten Dunst) during the Wimbledon Championships


Peter Colt

  • Oh my god, shouldn't he be off learning about masturbation or something?
  • Ron, I genuinely despise you.
  • And may I say good body - luck! Shit.
  • Carl, you bastard.
  • Lizzie, Lizzie, don't say a word. I was thinking a repeat of the other night, like Fish and Chips, early to bed... Mr Bradbury, hello. Mr Bradbury?
  • My parents are still together, which proves that love is not only blind, it's bloody stupid.
  • The reality is another story, my story. See that good looking fella? No, not the kid in white - the other tired, good looking fella. Yeah, him. Well, that's me. British Davis Cup, long time ago. Two singles titles, even longer ago. Presently ranked 119th in the world. Sport is cruel. Now, I know it doesn't sound too bad. 4 million tennis players in the world and I'm 119th, but what that really means is this: 118 guys out there are faster, stronger, better and younger.
  • (Walking out onto Centre Court) Fuck a duck.
  • CARL: Now, tell her about the tickets.
MRS. COLT: Tickets?
PETER: Oh, God, you really are a wanker, aren't you?
  • And seeing as this may be my last Wimbledon press conference, I'd like to take the opportunity to announce my retirement - (JAKE enters)

REPORTERS: Jake! Jake! PETER: From tennis. (They don't notice.) That's my retirement from tennis!

  • LIZZIE: Why are you running behind me?

PETER: I'm just enjoying the view!

  • (After he's won Wimbledon) Can I retire now, Mum?
  • LIZZIE: It's a good thing you didn't get the wrong bedroom.

PETER: Oh, I did, but it turns out your Dad is a very quick shag.

  • There's always another tournament . . .

LIZZIE: Another girl? PETER: That's right, Leslie. (She bends his fingers) Lizzie! Ow, ow!

Lizzie Bradbury

  • What are you talking about. The chalk flew up there's a mark right there.
  • Hit this one...and I'll sleep with you.
  • Too bad, you could have used the workout.

Ron Roth

  • So that's cucumber cucumber and cucumber, they forgot to put the sandwich in my sandwich.
  • I really don't care who wins, I represent both players It's like asking which of my kids do I love more. Which of my kids do I love more? My daughter speak to you later.
  • Call Letterman, call Leno, call Oprah.


Peter: I'm tired of hotels, airports and long distance love affairs that never go anywhere.
Carl: Losing.
Peter: Yeah losing, thanks Carl.
Carl: Now tell her about the tickets
Augusta: Tickets?
Peter: Oh God, you really are a wanker aren't you?
Carl: Harsh but fair.

Girl: Piccy?
Carl: Just a bitty.

Carl: Change of venue girls, your mums or mine?
Peter: Out. [to Lizzie] I am so sorry.
Carl: Might want to change the sheets.

Peter: Excuse me, the ball was good.
Umpire: 40-30
Peter: Oh come on, the ball was good chalk flew up the whole damn stadium saw it. I don't know if you've noticed but this is quite an important point.
Umpire: That's too close for me to overrule. Please resume play.
Peter: Absolutely not, I'm not playing on this is complete BOLLOCKS!

Carl: 20 quid to win, Ajay Bhat.
Carl's mate: Hey isn't he playing your brother?
Bookie: You should be ashamed.
Carl: Yeah but curiously, I'm not.

Carl: Where are the men's games?
Carl's mate: Roddick lost to Jake Hammond in four sets.
Carl: Shit. What about Peter and Prohl?
Carl's mate: Didn't you hear? Pete decimated him mate, straight sets.
Carl: Shit.
Carl's mate: What, you bet against him again?
Carl: That bastard usually comes through for me he's been on such a good losing streak.

Woman: Oh look that's Peter Colt the new pro. Once ranked seventeenth in the world
Peter: ELEVENTH!!!!

Peter:What are you doing here Ron? You're not still my agent.
Ron: What are you talking about?
Peter:What am I talking about? Let me see. I called you about a year ago and I'm still waiting for you to return my call.
Ron: I don't do phone calls I'm into emails now.
Peter:Ron, that is a lie.
Ron:Yeah its a lie but you know what Peter agents are NOT miracle workers. I can't sell a product that doesn't exist but here you are existing again so I'm bhack selling.
Peter: Ron, I genuinly despise you.

Peter: Of course I want to win, of course I do. He's just better than me.
Lizzie:: No, he's not.
Peter: I'm two sets down my backs killing me...
Lizzie: Play through the pain.
Peter: I'm too tired, my legs feel like lead.
Lizzie: Find a second wind, its what all champions do.
Peter: His serve is unstoppable.
Lizzie: No it's not it's a bundle of tells.
Peter: Sorry?
Lizzie: Jake's serve is like a book, you just need to know how to read it.

John McEnroe: Jake Hammond has been on an absolute tear. He's dropped just ONE set this entire tournament and look who he's had to beat. Roddick, Hewitt, Federer.
Chris Evertt: By comparison with the exception of Dragomir and Tom Cavendish, Colt's road to this final has been a relative pushover.
John McEnroe: Yeah but he's played some great Tennis.

Jake: I warned you about her. By the way how's the weak back?
Peter: It's fine thanks. How's the weak mind?

Carl: 100 quid on Cavendish in the quarters.
Bookie: Hold your horses. So still betting against your brother then?
Carl: It's tactical. If he loses I get rich, If he wins I get laid.
Bookie: Where'd you get 100 quid from anyway?

: Carl: Photo journalism.

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