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Fear Strikes Out (1957)

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Ted Berkman (screenplay), Raphael Blau (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Jim Piersall
Karl Malden ... John Piersall
Norma Moore ... Mary Piersall
Adam Williams ... Doctor Brown
Perry Wilson Perry Wilson ... Mrs. John Piersall
Peter J. Votrian Peter J. Votrian ... Jim Piersall as a Boy
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Jim Piersall is groomed by his loving but hard-driving father (living vicariously through his son) to play major league baseball. His desire to succeed to please his father leads to mental illness and a nervous breakdown. Can he overcome those difficulties and return to the major leagues? Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1957 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Vencendo o Medo See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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The real Jimmy Piersall disowned the movie due to its distortion of the facts. See more »

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At 40:00, the shadow on the nurse's shoulder. See more »

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Fear Strikes Out Hits Home Run ****
10 April 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Outstanding biography detailing the life of Boston Red Sox slugger Jimmy Piersall.

The late Anthony Perkins depicted the appropriate temperament in his portrayal of this baseball legend. Driven by a domineering, obsessed with perfection father, Perkins is outstanding in his portrayal. He is equally matched by Carl Malden, terrific as the father.

From childhood Perkins is seen as being driven by his father to achieve perfection. Nothing less will satisfy the compulsive driven father.

The scene where Perkins goes berserk during a game is memorable.

His recovery is well staged as well. My diagnosis would have been to keep his father away but to make sure that the viewers see this wonderful film.


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