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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.

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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 ... 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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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:

$2,093, 17 October 1999

Gross USA:

$3,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,736
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First film version of a novel written by Nick Hornby. It also marks as his first screenplay. 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's Dad: Look, we don't have to go to Arsenal every time I'm in London, do we? I thought we'd be beyond that stage now.
Young Paul: We'll never be beyond that stage.
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All Around The World
Written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris
Performed by Lisa Stansfield
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On the surface, a film about The Arsenals and their fans, but REALLY about clinging to the one thing that binds you to a lost parent.
28 May 2002 | by countryway_48864See all my reviews

Fever Pitch may not be a great film, but it is certainly a wonderful, charming, pitch-perfect film.

On the surface, it is the story of a Peter/Pan who can't give up his obsession for a local Football Team.

The man in question, (an incredibly handsome Colin Firth), is a teacher of English at the high-school level. The teacher next door is a lovely young woman with the knick-name of "iron britches". Of course the predictable happens.

What is unpredictable is the painful growth of Colin's character, and his slow progress in being able to give up his team just enough to make room for an even greater and more important love, the teacher next door.

What I love best about this film is that Colin Firth here is NOT Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy would NEVER let his Lizzie see him in his Fire Engine RED and white Arsenal Boxer Shorts!

Here Mr. Firth is rough-edged and scruffy. A man who prefers to hang out with his mates drinking beer and holding a fatalistic view that his beloved Arsenal will NEVER win the Championship.

The charm of the film lies in the growth of this man/child and the patience and understanding of the woman who loves him and their slow but certain progress from attraction to real, lasting LOVE!

See it!! I happen to love soccer. All my children played it and now my grandchildren play it. I believe the rules are different for British Football, but those difference didn't take away from the thrill of watching Arsenal in action!

Any golf,football or baseball "widow" will understand and love this film!


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