Release date4 April 1997 Based onFever Pitch: A Fans Life
by Nick Hornby WriterNick Hornby (book), Nick Hornby (screenplay) CastColin Firth (Paul Ashworth), Ruth Gemmell (Sarah Hughes), Mark Strong (Steve), Holly Aird, Ken Stott, Stephen Rea Similar moviesMr. Woodcock, Fever Pitch, Shaolin Soccer, Election, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams
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Fever Pitch is a 1997 film starring Colin Firth, based loosely on Nick Hornby's best-selling memoir, Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life (1992). Hornby also wrote the screenplay.
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.
Colin Firth as Paul Ashworth
Ruth Gemmell as Sarah Hughes
Mark Strong as Steve
Neil Pearson as Mr. Ashworth
Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs. Ashworth
Holly Aird as Jo
Stephen Rea as Ray
Emily Conway as Sasha
Richard Claxton as Robert Parker
Andy Raines as Football Referee
Mike Ingham as Radio Announcer
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 2004 World Series Boston Red Sox replacing Arsenal. To avoid confusion, this 2005 remake is known as The Perfect Catch in the U.K.