- Actors: Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmel, Neil Pearson, Lorraine Ashbourne, Mark Strong
- Directors: David Evans
- Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound, Anamorphic
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Channel 4
- DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2007
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000S399DS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Fever Pitch [DVD] (1997)
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Schoolteacher Paul (Colin Firth) has one true passion - his beloved Arsenal. However, when he begins a relationship with Sarah (Ruth Gemmel), he has to confront the fact that there may be more to life than football - a revelation that risks remaining unheeded as the Gunners make a charge towards the 1989 League Championship.
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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is a 6 Stars out of 5!
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!
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.Read more ›
The dvd is nothing to shout about. Picture quality is good, as is the sound as far as I could tell. Bizarrely, my dvd player didn't display the running time throughout the film. It simply said: "Play". Not sure if that's just my player or what, but it is a fairly old disk now by today's standards. Extras are limited to the trailer and 16 photos in a small gallery.
If you can get it for under a fiver, then it's definitely worth a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great film; great cast; much better than the book; author much better on the screen playPublished 7 days ago by Mr. John P. Clandillon
This film is very personal for me for a number of reasons.Firstly of course I am an Arsenal supporter,season ticket holder and shareholder.My first game being in 1953. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wingate
Amusing & entertaining to watch, whichever football team you support, if any!Published 7 months ago by Kimmie
Heard about the book nut never got to read it, and watched it with my wife who's interested in my interest in soccer. Read morePublished 8 months ago by yuval1968
Whilst I am not a supporter of "The Arsenal", I loved this movie and you don't even need to enjoy football to absorb the story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard Kerslake Colquhoun