Fever Pitch (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  4 April 1997 (UK)
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A sports fan's romantic courtship clashes with his obsession with his favorite football team.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bea Guard ...
Paul's Sister
Paul's Dad
Ruth Gemmell ...
Richard Claxton ...
Robert Parker
Ted, the Headmaster
Paul's Mum
Peter Quince ...
Chip Shop: Frank
Charles Cork ...
Bob Curtiss ...
Philip Bond ...
Turnstile Operator
Scott Baker ...
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A romantic comedy about a man, a woman and a football team. Based on Nick Hornby's best selling autobiographical novel, Fever Pitch. English teacher Paul Ashworth believes his long standing obsession with Arsenal serves him well. But then he meets Sarah. Their relationship develops in tandem with Arsenal's roller coaster fortunes in the football league, both leading to a nail biting climax. Written by Anonymous

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Life gets complicated when you love one woman and worship eleven men


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 1997 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ballfieber  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,519 (USA) (15 October 1999)


$13,600 (USA) (15 September 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Paul Ashworth: [after Robert missed the goal at the end of the game] If you had to choose between wining this afternoon and Arsenal winning tomorrow night, what would you go for?
Robert: Tomorrow night of course!
Paul Ashworth: There you go then.
Robert: What, you're telling me, Arsenal are gonna win two nil at Anfield?
Paul Ashworth: I can't promise, can I? Well there's a, chance isn't there? You've done your bit, you've missed the penalty. If that's what it takes then it'll be worth it.
Robert: Yeah, course.
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On Arsenal underpants, the term "GUNNER" truly fits.
22 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Fantastic. I had the pleasure of going to Highbury (Arsenal Stadium) twice to see the Gunners play in real Premiership clashes against Sheffield Wednesday and Wimbledon, and the soccer fanaticism portrayed in the film is NOT hyperbolized at all. As a Yank, i felt like a right outsider, but i was hooked instantly when i exited the Underground station and was swept away in the program selling, chips devouring, pin swapping, memorabilia peddling madness that is English Football.

Additionally, Fever Pitch is the ONLY modernly set British film i've seen that did not contain a single refference to American culture, film, TV, music, nothing...

A totally home grown Brit flick which (to use an American sporting analogy) hits it out of the park. Shamelessly sublime.

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