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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Fever Pitch [Blu-ray]
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on 2 April 2017
Definitely not my favourite Colin Firth film, but the one thing I do adore about this film is the friendship between Mark Strong's and Colin's characters, which is heartwarming and funny. Honestly, I can take or leave the rest of the film, but there are moments in it that are good. I might have enjoyed it more had I been an avid football fan.
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on 16 October 2017
A little bit slow.
You'd have to already know a little bit about Arsenal or football to understand it.
The main character's doofiness was exaggerated in the extreme. It got cringey at parts.
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on 20 August 2017
An early Colin Firth movie. Easy to watch and amusing for any football fan. Great content of the old Arsenal stadium and surrounding area, very nostalgic.
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on 30 July 2017
interesting film, liked it
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on 27 April 2017
A simply brilliant film.
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on 1 October 2017
Excellent movie
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on 31 August 2014
Great film specially but not exclusively for Arsenal fans
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on 13 November 2008
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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HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 8 November 2012
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.

And when it finally comes to the end-of-season Arsenal Vs Spurs game on the 26th of May 1989 - the goal by Thomas that seals it for Arsenal in the final seconds sets up the great voice of Van Morrison as the local community pours out onto the streets of London in a frenzy - League Champions at last... It's pure cinematic joy...

In truth - the football-obsession stuff might test the patience of too many women - but "Fever Pitch" is that rare beast - a small movie with a big heart - and the actors to do Nick Hornby's witty and observant script the justice it deserves.

More to the point - if you're a fan of the movie you NEED to see it on BLU RAY. I've found this with a lot of the Channel 4 movies reissued on the format - despite how bad they look in standard def trailers - when you get to see the BR itself you find that someone has cleaned the print and given the movie a whole new lease of life. See my review for "Brassed Off" too...

A very, very good transfer onto BLU RAY then - and with full screen aspect too (no bars top or bottom).

Great fun and recommended like that Gunners tattoo on the left cheek of Margaret Thatcher's arse...

PS: Titles in this Channel 4 Series:
1. Brassed Off
2. East Is East
3. Fever Pitch
4. Gangster No. 1
5. Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten
6. Life Is Sweet
7. A Room With A View
8. Shallow Grave
9. Touching The Void
10. The Warrior
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on 28 December 2000
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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