Fever Pitch (1985)
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Writer-director Richard Brooks' final film features a weak script and poor acting but high energy direction in a tale of compulsive gambling in Las Vegas. Ryan O'Neal stars as Taggart, a sports reporter obsessed with gambling. As Taggart gets deeper and deeper into debt, he compounds his problems with assorted loansharks and gambling operators. Taggart has already lost his wife because of his compulsive gambling, but he takes up with big-timer Charley (Giancarlo Giannini), hoping to make a killing and settle the score. … More
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Critic Reviews for Fever Pitch
Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O'Neal as a sports reporter hooked on the gambling game is wooden and unsympathetic.
The opening segments of the movie are simply odd, distracting and unconvincing. It's the movie's final act that is sick.
An old-fashioned and numbingly predicable problem pic of the kind that he used to do rather better.
You could live a long time and never see anything as awful as Fever Pitch.
It waffles constantly, and we never know if the creators are for or against gambling.
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