15
1hr 44mins

McEnroe grippingly profiles polarising tennis legend John McEnroe, as he recalls his personal and professional life whilst walking the streets of New York at night in this visually arresting documentary.


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Barney Douglas
15
Documentary
strong language
English

Known for his bad temper and notorious outbursts on the court, John McEnroe is dubbed as one of the most explosive sporting icons of all time.

McEnroe’s combined 149 titles still rank as the highest in the Men’s Open era as well as attaining number one in the world for four years running. Battles with his idol and greatest rival Bjorn Borg contributed to defining the golden era of tennis. Bjorn Borg retired from tennis at the age of 26 shortly after McEnroe beat him at Wimbledon and after their meeting in the US open final in 1981.

Yet despite all of his success and reaching the top, McEnroe wasn’t satisfied. The now-61-year-old opens up in this intimate documentary that acts as a deeply compassionate and heartfelt portrait of the man rather than a standard sports biopic. The film gives insight into the sportsman’s internal conflict, personal torment, self-doubt and need for connection.

Directed by Barnley Douglas (Warriors, The Edge) McEnroe features never-before-seen footage and contributions from John’s children and wife as well as icons including Billie Jean King, Bjorn Borg and Keith Richards. Told by the man himself, who would do whatever it takes to win at any cost, he revealingly asks himself – is it all worth it?

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