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Fever Pitch (1997)

A sports fan's romantic courtship clashes with his obsession with his favorite football team.

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Paul's Sister
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Paul's Dad
Ruth Gemmell ...
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Richard Claxton ...
Robert Parker
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Ted, the Headmaster
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Jo
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Paul's Mum
Peter Quince ...
Chip Shop: Frank
Charles Cork ...
Rex
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Stan
Philip Bond ...
Turnstile Operator
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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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 April 1997 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$13,600 (USA) (15 September 2000)
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At the leaving party that Ruth Gemmell attends, a Lisa Stansfield song plays in the room. That would not have happened as the track was released six months later. See more »

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The final game of the season at Anfield kicked off at 8:05pm, it was nearly 10pm and dark by the time the match had finished (as you can see from the actual footage of the game) yet when the celebrations are going on back at Highbury it's still light. See more »

Quotes

Paul Ashworth: Leave it up to Arsenal to score one goal when they need two.
Steve: You want them to score the second goal before they score the first?
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References The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) See more »

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Are you ready to be heartbroken
Written by Lloyd Cole and Neil Clark
Performed by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
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A classic movie about football, unless you support Spurs....
18 April 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

By now you would have read enough reviews to know enough about the story and the characters.

So here's my own opinion of Fever Pitch..

Like the DVD cover states for this movie, "Love footie, hate footie, you'll love Fever Pitch". Fever Pitch defines how hundreds of millions of football fans feel around the world, who are as passionate as Paul (Colin Firth) is about Arsenal FC. The relationship with his father, how we handles his classroom and the teacher next door at the school are all realistic, especially if you're living in an obsessive football supporters world, or any sport for that matter..

The fact that the Americans took this great script and tried to turn into a story of their own (See: The Perfect Catch) shows that it had great appeal on the otherside of the Atlantic.. The Americans sure have been lacking ideas lately and some have resorted to trying to remake old English classics, with somewhat less success.. e.g. The Italian Job, Alfie and now Fever Pitch

If anything, in Fever Pitch you could see Colin Firth's potential to be more than just an English character actor and we all know where his early efforts have gotten him today.

A funny film, well worth watching if you've ever been passionate about anything in life, regardless of what team you support..


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