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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 ... Mrs. John Piersall
Peter J. Votrian ... Jim Piersall as a Boy
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Storyline

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:

The Jim Piersall Story See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alan J. Pakula also kept his distance from the set once the film started shooting because he wanted to give Robert Mulligan plenty of space to do his job. Pakula wanted to be collaborative without being intrusive. He would meet daily with Mulligan - once early in the morning before shooting began, and once at the end of the day - but that was all. "Alan was never on the set during shooting," said Mulligan. "It was his choice and not something I demanded...From time to time he'd drop by to walk a new set with me or welcome a new actor to the movie...Once the camera was ready to roll, he'd wish me luck and leave. His visits were always calm and positive." See more »

Goofs

Approximately fifty minutes into the picture, Jim has arrived at the front office of the Boston Red Sox, and in the interviewer's office, there's a window out onto the field, with a view, supposedly, of the first base side stands. There was no office, nor has there even been, which had a window in it that looked out over the field or the stands. Also, the "stands" weren't even those of the real seats at Fenway Park but were, in fact, just a painted synchronized backdrop. Interestingly, the scene immediately after this one shows Jim out on the field walking around, and looking up at the stands. In THAT scene, the viewer is being treated to the REAL Fenway Park, shot on location in Boston's Fenway section in 1957. See more »

Quotes

Jim Piersall: I don't care what happens. I love you Mary!
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Connections

Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Dick Strikes Out (2000) 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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