Fever Pitch (1985 film)

Fever Pitch is a 1985 American film starring Ryan ONeal, and written and directed by Richard Brooks. This turned out to be the final film for Brooks, director of such acclaimed pictures as Blackboard Jungle, Elmer Gantry, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In Cold Blood. Costarring in the film were Giancarlo Giannini, Chad Everett, John Saxon and Catherine Hicks. The original music score was composed by Thomas Dolby.

Steve Taggart is a Los Angeles sports writer who becomes obsessed with gambling. He volunteers to do a series of articles for the daily newspaper Los Angeles Herald Examiner about a compulsive gambler he calls Mr. Green, who is, in fact, himself.Reporter Taggart gets deeper and deeper into debt, compounding his money problems with associated loan sharks, including the dangerous bookmaker known as The Dutchman Chad Everett. He soon learns the pro quarterback he covers in Los Angeles is also on the take to the Dutchman, paying off his own gambling debts. Taggart then journeys to Las Vegas to do a field report on his gambling series, where he meets a sexy casino hostess, Flo. Catherine Hicks In Las Vegas Taggart also checks out bookmakers, including the Leroys in downtown Las Vegas. He meets local Vegas gambling and business figures, including Las Vegas Sun publisher Hank Greenspun for insight into the gambling world. ........

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