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 Pauls 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 shes growing to enjoy her husbands 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 teams 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 Arsenals 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 and ABOUT A BOY--confirmed his appeal as an author and inspired further box office successes.
Release Date: 24 September 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 97 minutes
Production Year: 1996
Main Language: English