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Fever Pitch (1985)

R | | Drama | 22 November 1985 (USA)
An investigative journalist gets hooked on the subject of his inquiry - professional gambling.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writer:

Richard Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Taggart
Catherine Hicks ... Flo
Giancarlo Giannini ... Charley
Bridgette Andersen ... Amy
Chad Everett ... Dutchman
John Saxon ... Sports Editor
Hank Greenspun Hank Greenspun ... Vegas Sun Publisher
William Smith ... Panama Hat
Keith Hefner Keith Hefner ... Sweeney
Rafael Campos ... Rafael
Patrick Cassidy ... Soldier
Cherie Michan Cherie Michan ... Rose O'Sharon
Tom Schanley ... Scanlon
William Prince ... Mitchell
Stu Black Stu Black ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

Investigative sports journalist veteran Steve Taggart is working on his latest story - an inside look at professional gambling. The subject of his piece is a man he calls Mr. Green, a degenerate gambler who indirectly ruined his family and yet still can't stop gambling or betting. His editor loves the story but what he doesn't know is that Mr. Green is actually Taggart himself. In order to get more inside info about his topic, Taggart visits various gambling venues and interviews several people including a friendly casino manager and his top cocktail waitress Flo, who was once a gambling addict herself. However, Taggart has bigger problems than dealing with his addiction and finishing his assignment, since his loan shark is threatening to harm his little daughter, who lives in a nice boarding school, unless he pays up his growing debt. Taggart tries to deal with everything his own way - with more gambling. Eventually, writing the article becomes a form of personal catharsis for ...

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Gambling is the new national pastime. Reporter Steve Taggart is digging to get the $200 billion story. Bet on it. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackpot See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$343,230, 24 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$618,847
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Last film directed by Richard Brooks. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Red River Valley
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Torn From The Headlines!
13 February 2008 | by irearlySee all my reviews

And channeling Samuel Fuller, this is one of those movies (like the Oscar) so wrong that it is awfully, hilariously right. Brooks' sensibility must have been faltering because he flashed back to the 50s (traveling montages, "exposes" of sensational subjects, Chad Everett!) and flopped this sizzling cinematic spectacle into theaters across America! Where I saw it originally. I have had to revisit it a few times just to make sure it was for real. And now it's not available! And where's The Oscar? Which starred Steven Boyd and Tony Bennett in the film role that kept him out of the movies for decades. But seriously, Fever Pitch is a last gasp effort from a filmmaker too tired to pucker up anymore.


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