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Fever Pitch (1997)

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


David Evans


Nick Hornby (book), Nick Hornby (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Aikman ... Young Paul
Bea Guard Bea Guard ... Paul's Sister
Neil Pearson ... Paul's Dad
Ruth Gemmell ... Sarah Hughes
Colin Firth ... Paul Ashworth
Richard Claxton Richard Claxton ... Robert Parker
Ken Stott ... Ted, the Headmaster
Holly Aird ... Jo
Mark Strong ... Steve
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Paul's Mum
Peter Quince Peter Quince ... Chip Shop: Frank
Charles Cork ... Rex
Bob Curtiss Bob Curtiss ... Stan
Philip Bond Philip Bond ... Turnstile Operator
Scott Baker Scott Baker ... Man Behind


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The film takes place from 1988 to 1989. See more »


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 »


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 family.
Ted, the Headmaster: I'd ...
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On Arsenal underpants, the term "GUNNER" truly fits.
22 March 2002 | by camselleSee 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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Release Date:

4 April 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,093, 17 October 1999

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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