Fever Pitch (1985)




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A Los Angeles sports writer (Ryan O'Neil) becomes a little too involved with his work while researching an article on gambling. Quickly becoming a gambling addict, the writer is in danger of losing much more than he bargained for.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Ryan O'Neal
as Taggart
Chad Everett
as Dutchman
John Saxon
as Sports editor
Hank Greenspun
as Las Vegas Sun Publisher
William Smith
as Panama Hat
Keith Hefner
as Sweeney
Mel Albert
as Working Press
Rafael Campos
as Rafael
Jose Aldana
as Working Press
Cherie Michan
as Rose O'Sharon
Bud Beyrooty
as Working Press
Tom Schanley
as Scanlon
William Prince
as Mitchell
Tony March
as Bodyguard
Stu Black
as Bodyguard
Johnny Sekka
as Chocolate
Steve Danton
as Towel Boy
Pearl Shear
as Mrs. Applebaum
Chad McQueen
as Prisoner
Bobby Jacoby
as Gam-A-Teen Boy
Heidi Sorenson
as Airport Attendant
Lonny Chin
as Miss Casablanca
D.P. Bentley
as High Roller
Joe Bernard
as Bernstein
Selma Archerd
as Sister Theresa
Bill Caplan
as Poker Player
Sid Sakowicz
as Poker Player
Leonard Sacks
as Bet-Taker
John Kriby
as Bet-Taker
Alan Buchdahl
as Track Announcer
Mary Asta
as Hitchhiker
Jimmie Spades
as Security
Bill Willard
as Casino Guard
Steven Clow
as Working Press
Rita Cox
as Working Press
Carol Crotta
as Working Press
Steven Horn
as Working Press
Bob Keisser
as Working Press
Robert Lutz
as Working Press
Allan Malamud
as Working Press
Kevin Modesti
as Working Press
Fred Robledo
as Working Press
William Schorr
as Working Press
Bud Furillo
as Working Press
Tim Liotta
as Working Press
Len Miller
as Working Press
Benita Bellamy
as Exotic Dancer
James Murray
as Working Press
Diane Shah
as Working Press
John Kirby
as Bet-Taker
Jeff Silverman
as Working Press
Rich Tosches
as Working Press
Scott A. Zamost
as Working Press
Joseph E. Bernard
as Bernstein
William Schorr
as Working Press
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Critic Reviews for Fever Pitch

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O'Neal as a sports reporter hooked on the gambling game is wooden and unsympathetic.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Top Critic

The opening segments of the movie are simply odd, distracting and unconvincing. It's the movie's final act that is sick.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

An old-fashioned and numbingly predicable problem pic of the kind that he used to do rather better.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

You could live a long time and never see anything as awful as Fever Pitch.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It waffles constantly, and we never know if the creators are for or against gambling.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
TV Guide

Fights its own message of gambling as an addiction.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch (not to be confused with Nick Hornby's novel of the same name and said novel's two film adaptations) is a 1985 drama film that focuses on the dark, seedy underbelly of the negative aspects of the Las Vegas lifestyle, primarily gambling. It was written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Richard Brooks, who also gave us Looking for Mr. Goodbar and the adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This was his last film...which is sad. Fever Pitch stars Ryan O'Neal, Catherine Hicks, Giancarlo Giannini, Bridgette Andersen, John Saxon, Keith Hefner, and Rafael Campos. Fever Pitch involves investigative journalist Steve Taggart, played by Ryan O'Neal, who gets hooked on organized gambling, the subject of his inquiry. You can tell the movie looks cheap as fuck just by the opening credits sequence, and when I say cheap, I mean that as the biggest understatement of all time. Fever Pitch also has a laughably bad yet entertaining score by Thomas Dolby, who gave us "She Blinded Me with Science" (which, by the way, was the original theme song for The Big Bang Theory before Barenaked Ladies came in to do the current song). Also during the opening, we get a boring montage of people hitting it big in the casinos of Las Vegas. If you wanna know how I remember this movie, here's the story. A few years ago, I saw the VHS on Amazon. I saw several negative comments for the film pointing out that the film is so bad you'll stab your eyes with a rusty pitchfork. This peaked my interest mainly because I saw the two Richard Brooks film I pointed out in the first paragraph of this review. I thought they were great films, so I bought Fever Pitch off Amazon and I watched it. This film is so horrible it'd be enough to make Sidney Poitier proud of making Ghost Dad. Seriously, the exact same widely acclaimed Richard Brooks made this schlock? I'm in awe. Ryan O'Neal is decent when given the right material. When given the wrong material, he is ABYSMAL, especially in this sick, ugly, nasty load of ass on a golden platter. Hell, every actor in this film sucks because of how horrendous this screenplay is. Catherine Hicks, who I really enjoy as an actress, is horrible in this film. You get to see her tits and they're incredibly nice to look at, but you get distracted by her terrible acting. John Saxon, you were in A Nightmare on Elm Street the year before you made this movie. What the fuck were you thinking, man? Two other things that fail epically in this film is William A. Fraker's incredibly weak cinematography and Jeff Jones' hyperkinetic, sloppy, inept editing. To quote Janet Maslin of the New York Times, "The cinematography is grainy and wan, the editing abrupt, and Mr. O'Neal wears the blank look of a man whose heart just isn't in it. No wonder." No wonder indeed, Janet. Now onto the writing. This is probably one of the worst screenplays ever written. Get this: according to Wikipedia, Richard Brooks wrote this film over two years and spent nine months editing the film. Was Brooks on weed during those months of time? Here are some classic lines to be found in this retarded fuckfest of a film: "Gambling. Series. How many people gamble? How? Why?" "Don't touch her! You wanna get sued? You could get sued...by her!" "She got slot machine bladder. Forgot to go to the toilet." "I've been at it for 19 years. The best, the most exciting years of my life." "Papa, I love you madly!" "We're going to Knotts BERRY Farm! We're going to Knotts BERRY Farm!" "Losers make lousy lovers!" "She's hurt! She's hurt! She's hurt!" And who could forget this: "I want Taggart." "Who wants him?" "None of your fucking business, whopper." "Happens I'm Irish." "That's the worst kind of whopper." Oh, but it gets even better with this: "I'll see you Monday." "Nope!" "Tomorrow, I'm still here at work. Sunday, family business. Monday, it's you and me, champ!" "Your family can fucking will waiting. Sunday. 8:00 AM. Same place. Be here." Yeah, a critically acclaimed writer and director actually wrote the nonsensical, hyper-boiled dialogue that you'll regret listening to that this movie has to offer. Seriously, The Mortal Instruments had better fucking dialogue than this shit! People talk in clichés all throughout this fucking mess that it becomes maddening, and very quickly in, you wish to ask the resurrected zombified version of Richard Brooks if we're supposed to take this all seriously. Also, the message of the movie is basically if you fall into massive debt because of gambling, just keep placing bets until you win all your money back because the only solution to gambling debt is more gambling and anybody who tells you otherwise is dead wrong. FUCK. THAT. SHIT. This movie is so fucking wrong! FINAL SCORE: 0/10 I actually had to re-watch this movie on VHS and watch a video review of this movie so I can remember it, and God, does the remembering fucking hurt. To this day, Fever Pitch has never gotten a DVD release, and for good fucking reason. There's a lot more stupid, idiotic, horribly written, terribly directed, atrociously edited, and dismally written shit in this movie, but if you don't wanna be completely bereft of brain cells, just read this review. This is a film that has to be seen to be believed. It's sick garbage. Fuck Fever Pitch. It's one of the worst films I've ever seen in the 28-going-on-29 years that I've lived.

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:fresh: [font=Arial Black]I thought overall this movie had a little more to offer than the typical romance. It would have been nothing without Jimmy Fallon, who is the next rising comedic actor. Last word.....predictable but charming.;) [/font]

Alicia Hunter
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