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Fever Pitch (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 April 2005 (USA)
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Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.

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Lowell Ganz (screenplay), Babaloo Mandel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Lindsey
Jimmy Fallon ... Ben
Jason Spevack ... Ben - 1980
Jack Kehler ... Al
Scott Severance Scott Severance ... Artie (as Scott H. Severance)
Jessamy Finet Jessamy Finet ... Teresa (as Jessamy R. Finét)
Maureen Keiller ... Viv
Lenny Clarke ... Uncle Carl
Ione Skye ... Molly
KaDee Strickland ... Robin
Marissa Jaret Winokur ... Sarah
Evan Helmuth ... Troy
Brandon Craggs ... Casey
Brett Murphy ... Ryan
Isabella Fink Isabella Fink ... Audrey
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Storyline

When relaxed and charming Ben Wrightman meets workaholic Lindsey Meeks she finds him sweet and charming, they hit it off and when it is winter Ben can spend every waking hour with Lindsey, but when summer comes around the corner Lindsey discovers Ben's obsession with the Boston Red Sox. She thinks it is perfect until everything goes downhill for them. Written by Drew-Barrymore-Fanatic

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Taglines:

A Comedy About The Game Of Love.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Catch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,400,125, 10 April 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,071,069, 7 August 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Exactly 17 members from the Boston Men's Baseball League were selected to appear as player extras in full uniform in the film. Filming took place at Fenway Park from September 16-23, 2004 from 5pm to 5am nightly. Included in the cast from the BMBL were: - Boston Athletics: John Howe - Boston Cardinals: Dan Jalbert - Boston Marlins: Andy Katz - Boston Rockies: Dave Mitrou - Boston White Sox: Ryan Gray & Jason Hoye - Cambridge Cubs: Billy Burton & Jamie Waters - Medford Mets: John Collins - North Andover: Paul Laurin - Somerville Senators: Michael Sawyer & Russ Ward - T's Pub Dodgers: Scott Gilefsky & Andy Hickey - Wayland White Sox: Jerry Dawson, Dana Johnson & Steve Wolf See more »

Goofs

In the Opening Day scene when they're getting into their seats, look at the upper right hand part of the screen and you'll see the dummies they're using to act as seat fillers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Al: [voice over] Eighty-six years of bangin' our heads against the big green wall, but we finally did it. That part you know. That part everybody knows. But I got a story you don't know. It's about this schoolteacher friend of mine named Ben.
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Crazy Credits

The music at the end is interspersed with radio ads, as if someone is tuning a radio between stations. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD editon of the film dubbed the "Cursed Reversed Edition for Boston Red Sox fans" by Fox contains the alternate ending of the film that was actually shot during the 2004 playoffs and World Series. In the original ending of the film scripted by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, "The Curse of the Bambino" dubbed by die hard Red Sox fans would have continued "if" the Yankees had beaten them in the playoffs. The Red Sox, who were down by three games, had come back and beaten the Yankees which was the first time a pro-sports team had ever come back from such a defeat and eventually won the World Series, sweeping the St.Louis Cardinals. The moment that it had happened, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon in character, ran onto the field and celebrated with the team. This ending was edited in the film as a montage with narration by actor Jack Kehler. See more »


Soundtracks

Yastrzemski Song (Shoutin' Liza Trombone)
Music by Henry Fillmore
Lyrics by Jess Cain and John Connolly
Performed by Jess Cain
Courtesy of Entercom Communications Corp.
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Hornby? Nah!
30 January 2006 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

"Fever Pitch" is supposed to be an adaptation of Nick Hornby's book "Pitch Fever". Only in the book Hornby himself is the main character. And he hasn't got an obsession with baseball, but with soccer. The rest is the same as in the movie, though. Or is it? The truth is "Fever Pitch" has almost nothing to do with the book. It has not so much been based on as it has been inspired by Hornby's novel. On its own "Fever Pitch" is a pretty romantic movie that tries to avoid going over the top with its humor most of the time. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore try their best not to be unbearable and succeed more or less. The Farrelly brothers clearly took the Weitz brothers as an example for how to get out of the dick joke business into more mature movies. Of course, "Fever Pitch" doesn't hold a candle to the wonderful "About A Boy", but you have to say that the Farrellys were given weaker material to work with in the first place. In its best moments the movie makes you chuckle and in its worst it makes you yawn and look at your watch. Yep, the big problem with "Fever Pitch" is that it drags on too long. Stripped from Hornby's hilarious observations on his favorite sport and its connections to his own life the story just isn't very interesting (which has also already been the problem with the first adaptation of the novel). What do we learn from that? Just because an author is popular doesn't mean that all his novel translate well to film. J.D. Salinger had a reason why he denied film makers to ever adapt his stories, you know?


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