Wimbledon film poster
|Directed by||Richard Loncraine|
|Produced by||Tim Bevan,
|Written by||Adam Brooks,
|Music by||Edward Shearmur|
|Editing by||Humphrey Dixon|
Working Title Films
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||13 September 2004|
|Running time||98 min.|
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.
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.
The actors served with real tennis balls. All others were added digitally.
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. 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".
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.
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
REPORTERS: Jake! Jake! PETER: From tennis. (They don't notice.) That's my retirement from tennis!
PETER: I'm just enjoying the view!
PETER: Oh, I did, but it turns out your Dad is a very quick shag.
LIZZIE: Another girl? PETER: That's right, Leslie. (She bends his fingers) Lizzie! Ow, ow!
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