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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Luke Aikman, Bea Guard, Neil Pearson
  • Directors: David Evans
  • Writers: Nick Hornby
  • Producers: Amanda Posey, Nick O'Hagan, Nik Powell, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YS58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fever Pitch" on IMDb

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Rumpled, amiable Colin Firth plays a rumpled, amiable English teacher named Paul. He's also an obsessive football (soccer to us Americans) fan who's been avidly following the Arsenal team for 18 years. When he falls into a relationship with a new teacher named Sarah (played by Ruth Gemmel), his deep attachment to Arsenal proves an obstacle. This sounds like some cheap men-and-women-don't-understand-each-other setup, but instead Fever Pitch not only explores the origins of Paul's football fandom, it actually communicates an infectious sense of what that kind of sports enthusiasm can mean, how it can provide an almost tribal identity. Even better, the movie takes this devotion seriously without ever losing sight of how it can be completely ridiculous at the same time, resulting in some amazing, funny scenes. Gemmel is charming, and Firth is simply superb. He's a great actor who's never quite fit into conventional leading man roles and so tends to play oddballs and redeemable villains, as in Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and Apartment Zero. He's a perfect fit for this script, written by Nick Hornby (author of High Fidelity and About a Boy) from his novel of the same name. The humor of this movie is all the more engaging because it's grounded in richly developed characters and emotions. Fever Pitch is excellent. Also featuring a hilarious cameo by Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Guinevere). --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

Also, a great story with good character development.
Amazon Customer
He is in the midst of a romance with another teacher but his overriding interest in football seriously interferes with the woman in his life.
carol irvin
A good movie like this can teach even Americans to understand soccer.
Christina

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By V. Gelczis on February 16, 2001
Format: DVD
As a Nick Hornby fan, I read "Fever Pitch" and found it to be very masculine. It was organized much like the sports page--match by match, sort of a statistical chronicle of Arsenal over several decades. The film, on the other hand, centers on the personal life of the football fanatic (closely based on Nick Hornby himself) and provides much more balance and intrigue.
The match-up of the serious, somewhat humorless female English teacher and the passionate-about-football but about little else male English teach is enticing. She wants to learn to loosen up and connect with her students and their parents the way she perceives he does, and he wants to be with someone attractive with backbone and spark. As played by Ruth Gemmell and Colin Firth, you see why these opposites attract and you also see why they conflict.
Despite the provocative cover, I don't see why this film is rated R. Language, maybe, and adult ideas? The sex is tame and modest, although there is an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Still, I think this would be as good a film for the teenage sports fan as it is for adults. How passions conflict (in this case, between love and sports fanaticism) and how compromises and resolutions can be made is a worthy topic to address and is well answered in this film.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on March 25, 2002
Format: DVD
I wrote an earlier review of Nick Hornby's 'Fever Pitch' as well. It's worth writing a separate review of the movie because it's so different. Not better, or worse. Just different. The book focuses on Hornby's lifelong obession with Arsenal, the English Premiership football (aka 'soccer') club. In the movie, Hornby's written a script that focuses on one extended episode from the book. It becomes more of a relationship movie.
Here's evidence of the difference: my wife tried to read the book, but could only stomach about 30 pages of it. I endured it, liked it, but I'll admit that it can be a tough slog for someone that didn't grow up with English football. The names of Arsenal players, coaches and opponents became a blur at times.
In contrast, we both enjoyed the movie a great deal. It's a cute little story (nothing more), and we both like all of Colin Firth's work. He's a little more rumpled than usual here, but compelling nevertheless.
Oh yeah, ignore the cover box. There are no topless women. No strategically placed soccer cleats. It's yet another odd effort by American re-packagers thinking they have to disguise the true nature of a British movie (see also "Brassed Off" and, most egregiously, "East is East").
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2000
Format: DVD
You would never know that this was the same actor who played Darcy so fabulously well in "Pride and Prejudice." He is totally convincing as a teacher whose all-consuming passion is football (soccer really because this is England). He is in the midst of a romance with another teacher but his overriding interest in football seriously interferes with the woman in his life. Any woman who has ever experienced this dilemma should fall totally in love with this film. There are even many hilarious moments pertaining to this sports addiction. The writer, Nick Hornby, also wrote "High Fidelity" and you can tell that the same person wrote both. He has a very unique way of presenting men and their romantic foibles. Firth, in this film, and John Cusack, in "High Fidelity," are not your typical screen romantic heroes and they provide offbeat alternatives to all of us oddballs out there.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2004
Format: DVD
I lived and worked in London from 1997-1998. As it turned out, I ended up finding a flat on Highbury Park Road in North London. Closest tube stop: Arsenal on the Picadilly Line.

I walked past the Grounds nearly everyday.

When I first mentioned my new neighborhood to my English workmates, they thought I was either mad, that I'd want to live so close to Highbury or lied to by an unscrupulous estate agent "yes, this neighborhood of Islington is quite leafy and quiet. In fact, Tony Blair lived here before he became PM!"

A friend suggested I check out "Fever Pitch" to find out a bit more about my neighborhood and the "Gooners."

Well, I had to say it was a great introduction for me into the life of an Arsenal supporter and live in the neighborhood. 1998 was the year they won the double (League & FA Cup) for only the 2nd time in their history. Incidentally, this was the first time in my life I had ever seen riot police & helicopters flying overhead shining lights down on the streets. Seemed a bit LA'ish!

I couldn't quite figure out why I was attracted to the neighborhood, nor why I so much liked the film, until I saw a newspaper article comparing the MLB Red Sox & Yankees to Arsenal & Manchester United (respectively). I finally realized that growing up in Boston, I had found my second home in North London!

Well, this review is more about my experience in London, but the film was a great part of that experience.
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