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Fever Pitch (1985)

R | | Drama | 22 November 1985 (USA)
An investigative journalist gets hooked on the subject of his inquiry - professional gambling.

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Richard Brooks

Writer:

Richard Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Taggart
Catherine Hicks ... Flo
Giancarlo Giannini ... Charley
Bridgette Andersen ... Amy
Chad Everett ... Dutchman
John Saxon ... Sports Editor
Hank Greenspun Hank Greenspun ... Vegas Sun Publisher
William Smith ... Panama Hat
Keith Hefner Keith Hefner ... Sweeney
Rafael Campos ... Rafael
Patrick Cassidy ... Soldier
Cherie Michan Cherie Michan ... Rose O'Sharon
Tom Schanley ... Scanlon
William Prince ... Mitchell
Stu Black Stu Black ... Bodyguard
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Investigative sports journalist veteran Steve Taggart is working on his latest story - an inside look at professional gambling. The subject of his piece is a man he calls Mr. Green, a degenerate gambler who indirectly ruined his family and yet still can't stop gambling or betting. His editor loves the story but what he doesn't know is that Mr. Green is actually Taggart himself. In order to get more inside info about his topic, Taggart visits various gambling venues and interviews several people including a friendly casino manager and his top cocktail waitress Flo, who was once a gambling addict herself. However, Taggart has bigger problems than dealing with his addiction and finishing his assignment, since his loan shark is threatening to harm his little daughter, who lives in a nice boarding school, unless he pays up his growing debt. Taggart tries to deal with everything his own way - with more gambling. Eventually, writing the article becomes a form of personal catharsis for ...

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackpot See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$343,230, 24 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$618,847
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Catch the Fever!
20 August 2014 | by TrebabySee all my reviews

Hilariously bad, '80s-era "comedy"(?) and the last feature from acclaimed director Brooks, Fever Pitch is one of those artifacts of the Reagan era that must be seen to be believed.

Did you know that gambling is happening in some of our nation's cities...including Las Vegas?! Apparently hard-hitting sports reporter Steve Taggart (played over-earnestly by Ryan O'Neal) just got the news and he's going to blow the cover off this billion dollar industry and put the system on trial. That is, if he can outrun the dangerous bookies he's in debt to all the while nursing a serious case of compulsive gambling addiction.

Asinine dialog, ham-fisted characterizations and a tone-deaf approach to the entire proceedings make Fever Pitch a must-see for connoisseurs of bad movies. Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Frankly FP has elements of both along with "stylized" (read: bad) editing that essentially creates faded out jump cuts in every scene. A mishandled subplot involving Taggart's daughter and the most ridiculous car wreck flashback in cinema history all combine to create a jaw-dropping movie experience that heaps absurdities on top of absurdities until the laughable, out-of-nowhere ending.

Roger Ebert called it a "sick" film. And it totally is! Recommended if you can find it.


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