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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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Robert Parker
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Ted, the Headmaster
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Jo
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Stan
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Storyline

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:

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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

Steve: Stanley Matthews was playing First Division football when he was fifty.
Paul Ashworth: I'll bet you any money you like you're not playing First Division football when you're fifty.
Steve: [looks at his cigarette] Well, no. It's the smoking.
Paul Ashworth: It's NOT the smoking, Steve. It's the crapness.
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Coz I Luv You
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Insights into obsession
19 January 1999 | by (Bendigo, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film explores the life, thoughts and relationships of an obsessive sports fan. It happens to be have been made in England about a particularly dramatic title win (Arsenal's 1989 victory was the stuff of legend), but applies to obsessives everywhere, who pin all of their happiness on some team over which they can exert no control. The writing is insightful, for example "I don't know whether life is s*** because Arsenal are s***, or the other way around" will be recognised by any fan of a sporting (or political) team, and the central character's long-term reaction to the long-sought victory is spot on. The acting and direction are also spot on. The mellifluous Colin Firth leads an excellent ensemble, from which Mark Strong (as Firth's buddy) stands out. Like the best British films (Brassed Off, for example), this one has real situations and real, recognisable characters you care about, spiced with gentle comedy. I recommend this one warmly.


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