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Fever Pitch

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Fever Pitch is the title of a 1992 book by British author Nick Hornby, which was the basis for a British film of 1997 and was slated for a Hollywood remake in 2005. There is also an unrelated 1985 movie Fever Pitch, starring Ryan O'Neal.

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Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby was first published in 1992. It is autobiographical, telling the story of the author's relationship with football (soccer) and with Arsenal F.C. in particular. It consists of a large number of short essays, each focused on a single match between 1968 and 1992. It has been seen as something of a turning point in the public perception of football, making an interest in the game acceptable, even fashionable, in educated and literary circles.

1997 movie

A 1997 film version of Fever Pitch, with a screenplay adapted by Hornby himself, fictionalised the story, concentrating on Arsenal's championship-winning season in 1988-89 and its effect on the main character's romantic relationship. Colin Firth played "Paul Ashworth", the character based on Hornby.


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