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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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Bea Guard ...
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
Bob Curtiss ...
Stan
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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Ballfieber  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

When Sarah asks Paul to quote Lord Byron, he quotes a famous couplet, "The Assyrians came down like the wolf on the fold; / Their cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold." But he changes "purple and gold" to "black and old gold," the colors of the Wolves football team. See more »

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When, as a child, Paul Ashworth goes to see the Reading FC game, the Reading FC Club Badge on the rosette of the supporters is the one which did not come into being until around the 1987-1988 season. The badge that should have been worn in the 1970s, when the match took place, was the old style 'Elm Trees' badge. See more »

Quotes

Ted, the Headmaster: I wanted to talk to you about a vacancy. Rosie Hunter's handed in her notice I wonder whether you'd be interested in applying.
Paul Ashworth: Head of year? Erm, well...
Ted, the Headmaster: It's obviously not the most attractive offer you've ever had.
Paul Ashworth: *Come on Ben, get back with him!* Sorry Ted.
Ted, the Headmaster: I haven't fired you with enthusiasm.
Paul Ashworth: Well there's a lot of work, isn't it? What do I want to do more work for?
Ted, the Headmaster: More money?
Paul Ashworth: Well I've got enough to pay my rent, I got enough for my season ticket and a couple of records a month. Got no ...
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Good Thing
Written by Roland Gift and David Steele
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
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A most personal film
25 May 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

For me this is one of the most personal films ever made.I was at all of the games at Highbury shown in the film.The celebrations take place outside the entrance to the West Stand where i have been entering for the past 45 years.The school at which Colin Firth is teaching was my school.I even saw it in the Odeon Muswell Hill which is just one minute from the school,and of course that night.who will ever forget that night.I remember it so vividly as if it happened yesterday.To me the sheer brilliance of the book and the film is that Hornby manages to bring to life the dreams we live together.It doesn't matter if you support Arsenal or any other team the dreams are just the same.I was in a local book shop the other day when i saw a later version of the book.I sat down and read the new pages and they were as real to me as if i had been sitting next to Hornby at the time that he wrote them.


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