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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:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Hornby: coach of the rival football team. See more »

Goofs

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

Fan 1: What about last season?
Fan 2: What about it?
Fan 1: They were rubbish. They were fucking rubbish.
Fan 2: They weren't that bad.
Fan 1: They were fucking rubbish last year. And they were fucking rubbish the year before. And I don't care if they are top of the League, they'll be fucking rubbish this year, too. And next year. And the year after that. I'm not joking.
Fan 2: I don't know why you come, Frank. Honest I don't.
Fan 1: Well, you live in hope, don't you?
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Connections

Features Brookside (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Back
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by The Pretenders
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How to film a novel
30 September 2007 | by jshoafSee all my reviews

I am a middle-aged American woman who has never seen a soccer game and has never seen any kind of live sports game all the way through beyond Little League (3 brothers, 1 son). I live in a town where football is the main local religion. Nick Hornby's novel was a delight to read and really gave me some sense of the psychology as well as the anthropology of being a fan. I rented the movie because I wanted to SEE the novel: the stadium, the terraces, the colors, the craziness Hornby describes. Youtube and Wikipedia could tell me some about Alan Smith, Highbury, the Hillsborough tragedy, but not enough. The movie came through. Actual footage of games and scenes inside the stadium gave a powerful sense of what it's all about. The final sequence, in which various characters Paul's fandom has touched watch a championship game, was wonderfully moving. The plot has three characters--Paul the young fan, Paul the adult fan, and Sarah the outsider who is repelled by the irrationality, the loud and sweary masculinity of it all. The plot exists to allow Paul to expose, stubbornly as a child and articulately as an adult, what it means to be a fan. Sarah is there to force him into talking and thinking a bit about it. Both Pauls are marvelous. Colin Firth is amazing. His physical attractiveness is essential to the plot--it gets him into Sarah's bed so they can start talking about Arsenal-- and that simple fact leaves him huge amounts of room to be boyish, goofy, moody, clueless, innocent, and cruel.


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