Fever Pitch (1997 film)

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Fever Pitch
Directed by David Evans
Produced by Amanda Posey
Screenplay by Nick Hornby
Based on Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life 
by Nick Hornby
Starring Colin Firth
Ruth Gemmell
Mark Strong
Neil Pearson
Music by Boo Hewerdine
Neil MacColl
Cinematography Chris Seager
Edited by Scott Thomas
Distributed by Phaedra Cinema
Release dates
4 April 1997
Running time
102 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Fever Pitch is a 1997 film starring Colin Firth based loosely on the book of the same name by Nick Hornby.


Hornby adapted the book for the screen and fictionalized the story, concentrating on Arsenal's First Division championship-winning season in 1988–89 and its effect on the protagonist's romantic relationship. Firth plays "Paul Ashworth", the character based on Hornby, a teacher at a school in North London, and his burgeoning romance with Sarah Hughes (Ruth Gemmell), a new teacher who joins Ashworth's school. The film culminates with the real life events of Arsenal's match against title rivals Liverpool in the final game of the season on 26 May 1989, a Michael Thomas last-minute goal giving Arsenal the 2–0 win they needed to win the title.



The film also stars Neil Pearson as Paul's father, and Mark Strong as Steve, Paul's best friend. Nick Hornby himself has a cameo role as a beaten opposition manager in a School football match in one scene. Parts of the film were shot on location in the surroundings of Arsenal Stadium in Highbury; however as the terracing at Highbury had since been replaced, the scenes of fans on the terraces were instead filmed at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium.


In 2005, the film was remade in an American version also entitled Fever Pitch starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, with the World-Series-winning 2004 Boston Red Sox replacing Arsenal. To avoid confusion, this film is known as The Perfect Catch in the U.K.

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