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Fever Pitch [DVD] [1997]

Colin Firth , Ruth Gemmell , David Evans    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCL0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Fever Pitch rumpled, amiable Colin Firth plays a rumpled, amiable English teacher named Paul. He's also an obsessive football fan who's been avidly following Arsenal for 18 years. When he falls into a relationship with a new teacher named Sarah (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, despite his memorable turn as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, never quite fits into conventional leading man roles and so has tended to play oddballs and redeemable villains, as in Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient. 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 humour of Fever Pitch is all the more engaging because it's grounded in richly developed characters and emotions. --Bret Fetzer,

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DVD Special Features: Interactive menus
Scene Index
Theatrical Trailer
Photo Library

Language: English, Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing
Video aspect ratio: Feature - 16:9 Anamorphic

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It Really is NOT necessary to be an Arsenal Fan (A Gooner) to enjoy this film - as Nick Hornby manages to capture and portray what it is like to be 'A Football Fan' (The Heaven and Hell we all go through) - Regardless of who you might or might not support - As the film portrays the Highs, Lows, Agony and Ecstasy that most (true) Football fans go through each week, Month and Season.....whether your team be a Big Club or one of the Smaller Clubs - as it is all about the Passion and Love that one holds for ones own team - As Paul The main Character in the film observes how it's possible for your team/club to lift your spirits to the point of ecstasy and then bring you crashing back down to earth the next - which is what it is like being a Football fan.....and so if you are and regardless of whom you support, you will recognise yourself in this film - Providing you are a real football fan - and not an armchair - change your team from week - month type - who knows nothing of loyalty!..

This is a 6 Stars out of 5!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Nil to the Arsenal 3 Jan 2012
This film gets better with age, a real "must have" for any Arsenal fan. If you're a spurs or Liverpool fan, I'd imagine you wont like this. At all.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT! Very enjoyable film 28 Dec 2000
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Being married to a football (USA) "nut", I really enjoyed this film. (The football in this film is "soccer" to us.) My husband and I watched it and he could see himself in many scenes. Colin Firth is a great actor, his frustration and love come through those gorgeous eyes of his. Ruth Gemmell was perfect also. I have not read the book, the film made us laugh and we did care about the characters. We had trouble with the English slang and other English eccentricities, like fans wearing red when their team wore yellow, we were confused at first but were able to catch-on. The actors were believable in their roles, it moved at a good pace, and Colin Firth was able to capture the man/boy conflict. Very enjoyable film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Firth is not a one trick pony 14 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Those of you enchanted with Colin in Pride and Prejudice will not be disappointed with Fever Pitch. He is especially winning as the football obsessed teacher who must choose between Arsenal and the new love in his life, Sarah. Run, do not walk, to pick up this gem of a movie.
And if the movie is not enough, there is a photo library of stills from the film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rating, even if not as good as the book! 10 Sep 2004
The book on which this film is based is by far Hornby's best - an almost allegorical depiction of father-son relationships that resonates with most men, especially those who grew up with estranged parents.
The film concentrates rather more on the love story, which means that viewers who don't know the book might conclude that Firth's character is just emotionally retarded and football obsessed, without understanding why. His "redemption" - the realisation that women are more important than football - therefore comes across as simplistic and seems designed to appeal primarily to female viewers (especially those who hate football!).
The good news is that, despite the dumbing down, the screenplay is excellently crafted and the actors play their roles with genuine depth. The pitch of the film (no pun intended) makes it ideal viewing for when curled up on the sofa with your loved one. But afterwards, make sure you read the book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not (only) about football 10 July 2008
This film is a love story, and an adaptation from a very good book. I dont care about football, but I'm a Colin Firth fan, and I trully enjoyed this film. Entertaining,and at the same time, complex and intelligent. Really good work. Understated film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The BLU RAY picture quality on "Fever Pitch" is surprisingly good - even beautiful in places - fans walking away from the London Highbury grounds - Colin Firth as Paul sat in a car at night waiting for his girl Sarah. And it's clean for the whole viewing too. I can tell you it never looked this fresh on DVD...

Even with his dreadful curly hair - Colin First exudes effortless charm as Paul Ashworth - an English teacher who has read Byron and is therefore not a Neanderthal. Mark Strong and Ruth Gemmell are particularly good as Steve - Paul's long-suffering football-loving mate - and Sarah the posh totty hapless Paul fancies. Bea Guard is luminous as Paul's sister and Sarah's friend and confidante in love. In fact given the general childishness of his character - Firth does well to win our hearts. With his Arsenal boxer shorts and constant babbling about the life-affirming importance of English Soccer - even if he is a bit of a klutz 99% of the time - we like him precisely because he is a nice guy - and deep down - Sarah knows it. She just wishes Paul would take his head out of the weekly score sheets every now and then and be a responsible adult - especially when she sees the colour blue displayed on another piece of kit - and were not talking about her away outfit...

There are also some nicely observed points about fathers and sons being able to bond on a common subject (Neal Pearson and Luke Aikman) - being with friends as you walk to and from the game. And that moment when you walk up the concrete steps to the terraces themselves - the pitch in front of you - the crowd's roar - when a live football game can feel like a magical Rock Concert every Saturday afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars to enjoy this movie
You don't have to be an Arsenal fan, although it obviously helps if you are, to enjoy this movie. I thought it was brilliant, simply because I went through all of those emotions... Read more
Published 13 days ago by liam brady
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the football stuff?
As far as I can remember there weren't any girls in the book which was sort of the point of the story.
Published 3 months ago by Barry Wom
4.0 out of 5 stars Great evening fun
Before he was promoted king of World War II England, Mr Firth was a football fan, and a constant one! Enjoy one of his early performances and get ready to laugh out loud.
Published 4 months ago by Isabella
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the few good football films around
I'm a big football fan, but I'll admit that most films about the sport are generally a bit useless. Fever Pitch is one of the few exceptions, largely because it's based on the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. S. A. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Product not as described
I love this film which is why i bought it for a Spanish friend to watch, the DVD claims to come with Spanish subtitles but this is not the case. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SueVP1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!
Any bloke who wants to get his lady to realise what football means to him......make her watch this!!
And the added bonus is that she will enjoy the film too!
Published 8 months ago by Toontom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fever Pitch (DVD) 1997
I watched this with my husband. Neither of us are football supporters but I sat next to one on the coach once, a friend who was reading the book and crying with laughter. Read more
Published 8 months ago by critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie.
For those people who dont understand why football is the most loved sport worldwide this film may give them some answers.Maybe.
Published 9 months ago by mr ad smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Well acted, great story
I really enjoyed this movie - great, gentle story by Nick Hornby (he of High Fidelity fame) with a terrific performance by Colin Firth as the Arsenal-mad english teacher.
Published 10 months ago by Bing57
5.0 out of 5 stars Fever Pitch
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 11 months ago by Les
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