- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 22, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Making Of
- Audio Commentary: Alex Winter - Director
- Production Interviews: Cast & Crew
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/02/2001
"...A somber, paranoid thriller....[Features moments] of pure Hitchcockian panic..."
Box Office - 09/01/1999
"...The cast is fine overall, with Henry Thomas giving an edgy, nuanced performance in the central role..."
Alex Winter's FEVER tells the moody, haunting story of an urban-dwelling twentysomething who begins to show signs of physical and mental deterioration when faced with the suffocating pressure of living alone in New York City. Nick Parker (Henry Thomas), a struggling artist, pays the bills by teaching drawing to the elderly. Living in a squalid Brooklyn tenement, Nick avoids contact with his family, including his sister Charlotte (Teri Hatcher). When his landlord is discovered murdered one morning, Nick receives a visit from Detective Glass (Bill Duke), whom he is unable to help. Around this time, a mysterious new tenant moves into the upstairs apartment. The man, Will (David O'Hara), disturbs Nick with his matter-of-fact attitude and hidden past. As Nick's health becomes more and more fragile, rendering him pale, frazzled, and disoriented, the realization that he has once again begun to sleepwalk disturbs him even more, triggering an ultimate understanding that just might destroy him. Winter, working hand in hand with cinematographer Joe DeSalvo (ALL OVER ME, JOHNNY SUEDE), creates a stylish, claustrophobic world that is revealed strictly from Nick's scattered point of view. In maintaining this distorted vision, Winter allows the audience to truly view the story through Nick's muddled eyes, resulting in an eerie, dark thriller.
Mental Illness |
- Theatrical release: February 2, 2001 (Limited).
- Filmed on location in New York City (Brooklyn and Manhattan).
- FEVER was an official selection in the Director's Fortnight at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
- For the final confrontation scene, production designer Mark Ricker reconstructed two subway cars, mounted them on 100 car tires 15 feet off the ground, and had crewmembers wield giant metal poles to make the cars move realistically.