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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.

Director:

David Evans

Writers:

Nick Hornby (book), Nick Hornby (screenplay)

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Cast

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 Charles Cork ... Rex
Bob Curtiss Bob Curtiss ... Stan
Philip Bond Philip Bond ... Turnstile Operator
Scott Baker Scott Baker ... Man Behind
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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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Taglines:

Life gets complicated when you love one woman and worship eleven men

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballfieber See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,519, 17 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,600, 17 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

References Crossroads (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Back
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by The Pretenders
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Insights into obsession
19 January 1999 | by BedeSee 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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