Fever Pitch

Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it's the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye.

With:
Ryan O'Neal Catherine Hicks Giancarlo Giannini Bridgette Andersen Chad Everett John Saxon

Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye.

Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on the gambling game is wooden and unsympathetic. Up to his ears in gambling debts, O’Neal just gets in deeper with loansharks and operators. He’s already lost his wife due to gambling.

Most of the action takes place in Las Vegas where O’Neal wins and loses huge sums and gets involved with big-timer Giancarlo Giannini.

Rest of the cast is as stiff as the script. Catherine Hicks as a Vegas cocktail waitress and sometime call-girl goes through a few turns that don’t quite fit.

Fever Pitch

Production: M-G-M. Director Richard Brooks; Producer Freddie Fields; Screenplay Richard Brooks; Camera William A. Fraker; Editor Jeff Jones; Music Thomas Dolby; Art Director Raymond G. Storey

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Ryan O'Neal Catherine Hicks Giancarlo Giannini Bridgette Andersen Chad Everett John Saxon

More Film

  • 'Calibre' Review: A Terrific, Intensely Terrifying

    Edinburgh Film Review: 'Calibre'

    Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye. Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on […]

  • CHRIS PRATT stars as Owen in

    Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Gnaws on $144 Million Debut Weekend

    Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye. Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on […]

  • Leung Chiu-wai

    Tony Leung Breaks With Wong Kar-wai’s Jettone (Reports)

    Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye. Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    ‘Jurassic World’ Holds off ‘Incredibles 2’ in China

    Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye. Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on […]

  • shanghai skyline China Placeholder

    Regulators Keep Chinese Film Industry in Suspense

    Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye. Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on […]

  • Matt Damon Boston Marathon documentary

    Matt Damon-Christian Bale's Ford vs. Ferrari Movie Set for Summer 2019

    Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye. Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on […]

  • Shia LaBeouf Toronto Film Festival

    Film News Roundup: Shia LaBeouf to Star in David Ayer's Thriller 'Tax Collector'

    Weak script, poor acting and miscasting aside, it’s the power of the subject that makes this an enjoyable ride. Writer/director Richard Brooks thoroughly researched the Territory of the compulsive gambler and captures the obsession with almost a documentary eye. Unfortunately, plot is a totally unconvincing jumble and Ryan O’Neal as a sports reporter hooked on […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content