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Fever Pitch
     

Fever Pitch

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Director: David Evans

Cast: Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Neil Pearson

 

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Soccer and love meet in the romantic comedy Fever Pitch. Trimark has done a fine job of making sure the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is clean and free of most all defects and imperfections. Besides a small amount of edge enhancement, Fever Pitch sports solid black levels and detailed color schemes. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital

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Soccer and love meet in the romantic comedy Fever Pitch. Trimark has done a fine job of making sure the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is clean and free of most all defects and imperfections. Besides a small amount of edge enhancement, Fever Pitch sports solid black levels and detailed color schemes. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, both in English. The 5.1 mix on this disc utilizes a variety of Surround sounds, though they are usually limited to background music and a few scattered effects. The bulk of the soundtrack is free of excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this DVD are English and Spanish subtitles. Unfortunately, the only extra feature for fans to watch is a full-frame theatrical trailer for the film.

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The British "football" played in Fever Pitch is better known as "soccer" to Americans, but while the words are different, the feelings a sports fan has for his or her favorite team are universal. It's this quality that Fever Pitch captures perfectly. If viewers can accept the idea that a diehard soccer fan would even have to consider the dilemma of Paul Ashworth (Colin Firth) -- choosing a wife and child over a seat to the Big Game -- then they are going to enjoy the grittily realistic, painfully funny complications that Paul is compelled to manage in his life. If, on the other hand, such a choice is not even remotely familiar to one's manner of thinking, see Pitch anyway to open a window onto the narrow-minded, lunatic world of sports fanatics. With its superbly controlled acting (Ruth Gemmell could be Emma Thompson's younger sister), its arch period settings (there are long flashbacks to the 1960s and '70s), and its convincingly constructed examination of one man's fanaticism to a team (which has its origins in his relationship with his estranged father), it is perhaps the best sports movie made from a fan's perspective. The film's sports aspects, coupled with its romantic elements, create a film with broad appeal. And if nothing else, the soundtrack includes stellar period hits by the Pretenders, the Who, Fine Young Cannibals, and the Smiths.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2000
UPC:
0031398749622
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Letterbox; English, Spanish, and French subtitles; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Firth Paul Ashworth
Ruth Gemmell Sarah
Neil Pearson Paul's Dad
Lorraine Ashbourne Paul's Mum
Mark Strong Steve
Holly Aird Jo
Ken Stott Ted, the Headmaster
Stephen Rea Ray, the Governor
Luke Aikman Actor
Richard Claxton Actor
Bea Guard Actor
Annette Ekblom Actor
Peter Quince Actor
Charles Cork Actor
Bob Curtiss Actor

Technical Credits
David Evans Director
Michael Carlin Production Designer
Jim Greenhorn Sound/Sound Designer
Boo Hewerdine Score Composer
Nick Hornby Screenwriter
Neill MacColl Score Composer
Amanda Posey Producer
Nik Powell Executive Producer
Liora Reich Casting
Mary-Jane Reyner Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Seager Cinematographer
Scott Thomas Editor
Karen Wakefield Art Director
Richard Whelan Asst. Director
Aad Wirtz Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Woolley Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. chapter selection
1. Teachers [4:14]
2. Promise [5:39]
3. First Time [3:53]
4. Match [4:35]
5. United [6:28]
6. Hooligan [3:23]
7. One Seventh [4:39]
8. Plans [4:44]
9. Local [5:16]
10. Violence [4:12]
11. Restless [3:49]
12. Last Chance [4:41]
13. Brilliant [4:38]
14. Ordinary [3:37]
15. Rejected [3:35]
16. Seasons [4:04]
17. Chance [2:38]
18. Dream [4:18]
19. Liverpool v. Arsenal [3:46]
20. Half Time [6:31]
21. Goal [3:28]
22. Victory [4:26]
23. Relationship [2:57]
24. End Credits [2:51]

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Fever Pitch 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colin Firth is truly fabulous! He is in top form as the football (soccer) obssessed fan and dedicated teacher. He looks rumpled and boyish, and is definitely THE best buddy to go to the ballgames with! The movie is set in 1989 (with flashbacks to Paul Ashworth's childhood). Even though it is mainly about English football (Paul's favorite team Arsenal's incredible season), devotees of any sports would enjoy the film. Get the DVD version (for English subtitles to understand some of the English slangs!) Based on Nick Hornby's bestseller, but the film is much better as one is not overwhelmed by football statistics, and is treated to a sweet love story. One complain: The artwork on the US version features a nude woman with a pair of soccer cleats. The ''R'' rating is for language. The kissing is very modest, and they do talk in bed, but there is absolutely no graphic bedroom scenes like many other ''R'' rated movies. The British release features a ''Battle of the Sexes'' type photo of Colin Firth (''Paul'') and Ruth Gemmell (''Sara''), which is more true to the romantic spirit of the movie. Hard to find in rental stores. Worth buying!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Fever Pitch'' is a wonderful romantic comedy. The cast is superb, and the intensive devotion of British football (i.e. soccer) fans to their favorite teams is incredible. Colin Firth is such an amazing actor. He won our hearts as the aloof but passionate aristocrat ''Mr. Darcy'' in the brilliant BBC/A&E ''Pride & Prejudice.'' In ''Fever Pitch'', Firth's protrayal of the passionate Arsenal fan ''Paul Ashworth'' is so convincing. He is fabulous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago