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Fever Pitch

Theatrical poster
Directed by Richard Brooks
Produced by Freddie Fields
Written by Richard Brooks
Starring Ryan O'Neal
Catherine Hicks
Giancarlo Giannini
Bridgette Andersen
Chad Everett
John Saxon
Hank Greenspun
William Smith
Music by Thomas Dolby
Cinematography William A. Fraker
Editing by Jeff Jones
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) November 22, 1985 (USA)
Running time 96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $618,847 (USA)

Fever Pitch is a 1985 movie starring Ryan O'Neal and directed by Richard Brooks. It was nominated for four Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, as well as contributing to O'Neal's later Razzie nomination for Worst Actor of the Decade. (Fittingly, O'Neal was beaten by Sylvester Stallone: all four of the awards for which Fever Pitch was nominated were won by Stallone vehicles.) The original music score was composed by Thomas Dolby.


Steve Taggart is a Los Angeles sports writer who becomes obsessed with gambling. As Taggart gets deeper and deeper into debt, he compounds his problems with associated loan sharks, including the dangerous Dutchman.

Further complications are due to the fact that Taggart's newspaper editor has assigned him to write a series of stories about a compulsive gambler, advancing him considerable money to do so, unaware that Taggart's subject is himself. The writer's habit has already cost him his marriage, and his relationship with his daughter is in jeopardy. He goes to Gamblers Anonymous to try to get straight, then takes up with Las Vegas big-timer Charley to try to get even.


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