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Fever Pitch [DVD] [1997]

Colin Firth , Ruth Gemmell , David Evans    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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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,

Product Description

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


When Paul (Firth), a middle-aged British teacher who nurses an obsession for the North London football team Arsenal, meets Sarah, a seemingly uptight young woman who is a single-minded professional, he is forced to drastically re-evaluate his life. Sarah loathes the sport, while Paul's entire life is based on it--it is the only place in his life that allows him to feel true joy or pain, as well as a sense of national identity. Soon Sarah is pregnant, and although she's growing to enjoy her husband's pastime, she worries that Paul cares more for the sport than for the relationship and the impending arrival of fatherhood. Paul observes how the relationship is indeed mirroring the team's streak of wins and losses. But with Arsenal in contention for the 1989 First Division Championship--after an 18 year barren spell--Paul and Sarah have one fleeting chance to restore their touchy union. The film is lent an extra dash of realism in that Arsenal's victory in the final moments of their 1989 campaign is considered one of the most dramatic moments in the history of British soccer. Fever Pitch is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, whose subsequent efforts--"High Fidelity"; "About a Boy"--confirmed his appeal as an author and inspired further box office successes.

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Adapted by Nick Hornby, from his best-selling book, Fever Pitch is one of the funniest, most believable, and most talked about films in years. Meet Paul; a man with a life-long obsession-football! then he meets Sarah and soon discovers that, unlike football, relationships aren't played out of seasons. As their frequently hilarious romance begins to develop in tandem with their roller-coaster fortunes of the League Championship, what will the future hold? Can Paul and Sarah last? Will his season end in glory? Things are beginning to reach Fever Pitch....
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