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Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:March 20, 1957
Running time:100 minutes
Cast:Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Adam Williams, Perry Wilson
Director:Robert Mulligan
Producer:Alan J. Pakula
Writer:Jimmy Piersall, Ted Berkman, Raphael Blau, Al Hirshberg
Distributor:Paramount Pictures

Description: Anthony Perkins stars as troubled baseball great Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out. Based on Piersall's shattering tell-all autobiography, the film traces Jimmy's ascent from the sandlots of Waterbury, CT, to the Boston Red Sox, with his domineering father (Karl Malden) pushing the boy beyond all reasonable limits. Unable to withstand the pressure, Piersall suffers a nervous breakdown and is confined to a mental institution. Through a long period of therapy, Jimmy realizes that he has excelled in baseball not for his own gratification but to please his father. This film was preceded by a 1956 TV version starring Tab Hunter.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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