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Encyclopedia > Fever Pitch (2005 film)
Fever Pitch

Promotional poster for Fever Pitch
Directed by Farrelly Brothers
Produced by Nancy Juvonen
Written by Nick Hornby (novel)
Lowell Ganz (screenplay)
Starring Drew Barrymore
Jimmy Fallon
Music by Craig Armstrong
Cinematography Greg Le Duc
Matthew F. Leonetti
Editing by Alan Baumgarten
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) April 8, 2005
Running time 103 min
Language English
Budget $30 million
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Fever Pitch, which was released as The Perfect Catch outside of the United States and Canada, is a Farrelly Brothers comedy film. It is a remake of a 1997 British film of the same name, and is loosely based on the Nick Hornby book Fever Pitch, a best-selling novel in the UK. While both the book and the original 1997 film are about Football (soccer), this version, aimed at the US market, is about baseball. The film opened in theaters on April 8, 2005. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 408 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (514 × 755 pixel, file size: 91 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film... The Farrelly brothers, Peter (b. ... Nick Hornby (born 17 April 1957) is an English novelist and essayist who lives in Highbury, Islington in London. ... Lowell Ganz (born August 31, 1948 in New York, New York) is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. ... Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Craig Armstrong Craig Armstrong (b. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the major American film studios. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... The Farrelly brothers, Peter (b. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Nick Hornby (born 17 April 1957) is an English novelist and essayist who lives in Highbury, Islington in London. ... This article is about the Nick Hornby book and related films. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ...

Contents

Plot

This movie is about a man named Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) stuck in a "conflict of decision" between two loves-- Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore), a beautiful businesswoman, and the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Throughout this movie, you will see an obsession for the Red Sox that controls his mind like a severely addictive drug. It overrides any other knowledge, any other love. It impairs his judgement and messes with what could potentially be an attractive side to Ben, his willingness to commit. Just like he did when he was 7 years old, his first time going to Fenway Park with his not-so-child savvy uncle.


Cast

Actor Role
Drew Barrymore Lindsey Meeks
Jimmy Fallon Ben Wrightman
Jason Spevack Ben in 1980
Jack Kehler Al
Scott Severance Artie
Jessamy Finet Theresa
Maureen Keiller Viv
Lenny Clarke Uncle Carl
Ione Skye Molly
KaDee Strickland Robin
Marissa Jaret Winokur Sarah
Evan Helmuth Troy
Brandon Craggs Casey
Brett Murphy Ryan
Isabella Fink Audrey

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Games

The movie was filmed at many actual Red Sox games.

  • The Opening Day sequence was filmed on September 4, 2004 with Stephen King throwing out the first pitch; the Red Sox lost that game, ending a ten-game winning streak and King was blamed for it in the Boston Globe. This game was against the Texas Rangers (Red Sox lost 8-6).
  • Another game filmed for the movie was the September 16, 2004 game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, which Boston won 11-4. The shooting consisted of Drew Barrymore running across the field to where Jimmy Fallon was sitting, near the Red Sox dugout. This was filmed after the game, with about half the crowd staying after to be extras.
  • Footage from a game in Toronto, Canada between the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on October 1, 2004 was shot for the movie. Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon were present at the game and Drew Barrymore was asked to throw the first pitch of the game. It barely made it to the plate and she was totally embarrassed.
  • On October 27, 2004, Game 4 of the 2004 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, the finale of this film was shot. After the last play of the game in the bottom of the ninth during the Red Sox celebration, stars Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon were filmed also celebrating together on the field. A brief shot of the filming could be seen live on the Fox broadcast of the World Series. Rewrites by the Farrelly brothers had to be done immediately following the World Series game 7 clincher of the ALCS against the New York Yankees to include the historic 2004 Boston Red Sox post-season.

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Trivia

  • Reportedly the film's ending was rewritten at least once as the real-life Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, their first win in 86 years.[1]
  • Several scenes were shot on location at Fenway Park before, during, and after several home games in the 2004 season, and one scene was shot on the field at Busch Stadium, moments after the Red Sox's final win over the Cardinals.[2]
  • Ben has a gigantic replica of Fenway Park's left field wall (a.k.a. "The Green Monster") on the wall of his apartment. In real life and in his apartment, the wall includes a hand-operated scoreboard. The particular game immortalized on Ben's mural is that of Game 3 of the 1999 American League Championship Series, won by the Red Sox over the New York Yankees, 13-1. Before Boston's conquest of New York in 2004 (depicted at the end of the film), the '99 game was one of the most memorable Boston wins in recent memory.
  • Steve Sweeney was originally slated to be the scalper, but had pneumonia. Peter Farrelly then pulled Ken Rogerson, who was just an extra at the time, over and said, "Your part just got bigger."
  • Ben teaches at East Boston High School, which had served as the exterior for Winslow High School in "Boston Public" (2000).
  • The warm-up jacket Drew Barrymore wears in the film became extremely popular among female Red Sox fans the week before its national release, and was sold out in stores all across New England.
  • This film is loosely based on author Nick Hornby's autobiographical account of his fanatical obsession with the English soccer club Arsenal F.C. while growing up, from his book of the same name.
  • The 17 player extras were suited up as the Sox and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The 18th person on the field, Mark Van Savage, is a dead ringer for Johnny Damon and was going to be his body double in the scene. As they were setting up the shot, Damon came out from the dugout, waved to the crowd, and trotted out towards center field. Van Savage shrugged and left by the gate that he and the camera trucks came in by.
  • There is a scene in the trailer in a sports bar when Lindsey says "It's just a game!" and the sports bar immediately goes quiet, until Ben says "She said 'It's a crying Shame.'" This scene is not in the movie.
  • During the flashback to the first game that Ben's uncle took him to we see three actual former 1980 Red Sox players playing themselves. Two are very recognizable star players Dennis Eckersley and Jim Rice. The other is Keith Macwhorter who only pitched one season in the majors. His career record was 0 wins and 3 losses in his 24 game career.

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Critical reception

The movie has a 64% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatos and a rating of 56 from metacritic. Sportswriter Bill Simmons has been particularly critical of the film, even dedicating one of his columns to criticizing it. Among his complaints: the movie paints a stereotypical and untrue picture of pessimistic Red Sox fans (he claims that few fans believe in the Curse of the Bambino, and that having characters talk about it ruins the film's credibility) and that filming on the field during the post-World Series celebration shows a lack of respect by the directors. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Metacritic is an Internet website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Bill Simmons (born 1969), best known as The Sports Guy, is a columnist for Page2 on ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. ... Babe Ruth -- The Bambino The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition cited, often jokingly, as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series after they sold Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees. ...


Quotes

  • Steve Levy: Where do the Red Sox rank in your life?
  • Ben Wrightman: I say Red Sox (makes hand flat and raises to head-level), sex (lowers hand), and breathing (lowers hand even more)!

Steve Levy (born March 12, 1965), is currently a journalist for ESPN. Before working for ESPN, he worked in New York for WFAN. At ESPN, he usually works on SportsCenter, and he covered NHL regular season and playoff games before the network lost the rights to televise the leagues... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Name Boston Red Sox (1907–present) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967... It has been suggested that Duration of sexual intercourse be merged into this article or section. ... Breathing redirects here. ...

Notes

  1. ^ [1] Zap2It.com (accessed October 15, 2005)
  2. ^ Head, Steve (2004). "Jimmy Fallon Talks Fever Pitch" FilmForce.ign.com (accessed May 6, 2006)

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Fever Pitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (424 words)
A 1997 film version of Fever Pitch, with a screenplay adapted by Hornby himself, fictionalised the story, concentrating on Arsenal's First Division championship-winning season in 1988-89 and its effect on the protagonist's romantic relationship.
A 2005 film remake of Fever Pitch, directed by the Farrelly Brothers with Hornby as an executive producer, starred Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore.
This championship was entirely coincidental; the filming of the 2005 version was being done during the 2004 regular season, including scenes filmed at Fenway Park during actual games.
Fever Pitch (2005 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1347 words)
Fever Pitch, which was released as The Perfect Catch outside of the United States and Canada, is a Farrelly Brothers comedy film.
Fever Pitch stars Jimmy Fallon as Ben Wrightman, a 30-year-old schoolteacher and lifelong Red Sox fan courting Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore) during the course of the 2004 Major League Baseball season.
Reportedly the film's ending was rewritten at least once as the real-life Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, their first win in 86 years.
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