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by Alex Gibney


Anyone walking onto Wimbledon’s centre court cannot avoid passing Rudyard Kipling’s famous lines emblazoned above the entrance: “If you can handle victory and defeat / And treat those two imposters just the same”. Boris Becker made his first triumphant appearance here in 1985 at sweet 17 and went on to become the youngest player ever to be crowned champion. Thirty-four years later, when his financial problems have become a legal case, he returns to “perhaps the only place I love” and pauses thoughtfully in front of this motto.

international title: Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker
original title: Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker
country: United Kingdom, United States
year: 2023
genre: documentary
directed by: Alex Gibney
film run: 96’
screenplay: Alex Gibney
film editing: Michael J. Palmer
music: Peter Nashel, Eric Hachikian
producer: John Battsek, Alex Gibney, Erin Edeiken, George Chignell
executive producer: Julian Bird
production: Ventureland, Jigsaw Productions (US)
distributor: Apple TV+

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