BORG VS. MCENROE

Sweden/Denmark/Finland

2017

director.gif (905 bytes)Janus Metz

CAST

Sverrir Gudnason - Björn Borg
Shia LaBeouf - John McEnroe
Stellan Skarsgård - Lennart "Labbe" Bergelin
Tuva Novotny - Mariana Simionescu
Robert Emms - Vitas Gerulaitis
Ian Blackman - McEnroe's father


PREMIERE

Sweden - September 15, 2017


SYNOPSIS

 The heated rivalry between Swede Bjorn Borg and American John McEnroe is the centerpiece of a new film on the famous battles between the tennis greats both on and off the court. The film traces the rivalry between the two tennis players at the 1980 Wimbledon final, considered to be one of the best tennis matches ever played. It was their different styles of playing tennis as well as their temperament that made their rivalry more intense in the eyes of spectators.

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button_box.gif (205 bytes)AWARD

Stellan won a Guldbagge for "Best Supporting Actor"

button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRESS CONFERENCE IMAGES - October 2016

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button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRAISE FOR STELLAN

"Like the sport itself, the film is dramatic and beautiful. Tennis has simply never looked better on the big screen thanks to sublime cinematography and a career performance by Shia LaBeouf as McEnroe. Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård are also excellent as Borg and Borg's trainer, respectively."  ...Orlando Weekly

"The perennially solid character actor Stellan Skarsgård doesn’t disappoint as Borg’s longtime mentor and coach Lennart Bergelin and Tuva Novotny fares well as Borg’s devoted fiancee Mariana."   ...Matt Ward, Cinematic Considerations

"Both players were dedicated to the sport from an early age, but Borg was professionally trained by Swedish coach Lennart Bergelin (Stellan Skarsgård) who developed a father-like relationship with the boy.  Skarsgård delivers a warm performance as Borg’s mentor in one of the best coach-player on-screen relationships since Mickey and Rocky."   ...Joe Friar, Victoria Advocate

"Where 'Borg vs. McEnroe' scores its best volleys isn’t between the two athletes, but Borg and his coaching guru, Zen meister Lennart Bergelin, played in the film’s best performance by a strong, but stoic Stellan Skarsgård."   ...Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger

"Gudnason finds the cool that masks the roaring energy inside the Swede, a roar kept in check by his coach Lennart Bergelin, a superb Stellan Skarsgård."   ...Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"We all know McEnroe as the hothead and Borg as “ice-cool”, but the film posits that Borg was every bit as temperamental, brash, rude, disrespectful and argumentative as his flamboyant American rival, and that this behaviour was essentially trained out of him by his career-long mentor and coach Lennart Bergelin, played with typical specificity by Stellan Skarsgård."  ...Philip Clark, abc.net.au

"The action covers the weeks leading up to Wimbledon. Then it races through the preliminary rounds in its haste to get to the main event. En route, Borg does rather too much brooding in close-up while Stellan Skarsgård, who's never been better, tackles the unenviable task of reassuring and revving him up."  ...Sandra Hall, The Sydney Morning Herald

"We spend a lot of time with the young Borg seeing how his coach, played by the ever-reliable Stellan Skarsgård, channels the boy’s rage into productive forward momentum."  ...Travis Johnson, Film Ink

A ­brilliant score and wonderful characters – Stellan Skarsgård and Tuva Novotny are joyous – means Borg Vs McEnroe is darned exciting in spite of itself."  ...Jamie East, The Sun, co.uk