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June 13, 2015
definitely preachy but for good reason
½ April 27, 2015
Pressure Point is a decent film. It is about a black prison psychiatrist is assigned the distasteful task of helping a paranoid American Nazi charged with sedition. Sidney Poitier, Peter Falk, and Bobby Darin give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Hubert Cornfield did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.
½ September 17, 2014
Only good for showing us that Darin can indeed act as well as sing and write. Poitier is always intense and ready to take the stage. I'm a fan of his but not so much here. I loved the flashbacks. The actor playing young "Patient" surprised me. I would have enjoyed watching a film about his time with his abusive parents more than Pressure Point.
½ December 6, 2013
a psychiatrist (sidney Poitier) analyzes a neo-Nazi (bobby Darin)--Engaging social drama that doesn't opt for easy answers!!
September 18, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

(1962) Pressure Point

Taken from the story written by Robert M. Lindner but directed and co- written by Hubert Cornfield starring African American actor Sidney Poitier as head psychiatrist trying to convince a qualified psychiatrist collegue who happens to be white played by Peter Falk why he's the best candidate to be assigned to an African American patient who's racist against anyone who's white just because he was a victim of them in much of his life. It's situation is nothing more but a backdrop to the Sidney Poitier character telling his previous racial experience regarding one difficult racist character when he was working in a prison as a psychiatrist for the convicted and he's played by Bobby Darin.

What is interesting about this film is that althopugh a small film about racism, the characters names are never that important since all the characters involved all seem to know each other anyway and that the 'acting' by it's leads defines the film like a very interesting play with thought out dialogue.

3 out of 4
½ May 10, 2012
Although its set-up is a little ham-fisted, Bobby Darin and Sidney Poitier give fine performances (as does Peter Falk in a very brief role). Some truly bizarre flashbacks, dream visions, and hallucinations speckle the landscape of this story of a black psychiatrist trying to get to the bottom of why his Nazi patient hates and fears what he does.
January 6, 2012
Really remarkable, and more intense than I expected - particularly in the childhood flashbacks! I really wanted to be on Poitier's character's side for everything, but the conflict between personal issues and the psychiatry process was so glaring that it was hard to overlook the huge breaches in professionalism. Darin's character's background/development made total sense and I thought his acting was wonderful here!
½ July 23, 2011
No character names, no depth in the narration or psychologal paradigms...What were they attempting to portray?
April 29, 2011
Anything that makes the sense of storytelling and concepts seem dated is completely, utterly saved by the tumultuous dynamic between Poitier and Darin's characters. Awesome performances by them both.
½ April 24, 2011
A movie that could only be accomplished by the infinite talent of two of the greatest actors of their time. Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin give life to a simple script.
½ February 27, 2011
I happened to catch this on tv late last night and it looked interesting. So I fought of sleep to stay up and watch it. Sidney Poitier movies of that time seemed to be a constant commentary on race relations and the US. Understandably so. The film shows the danger with the unholy alliance of racism and the sociopaths and the ultimate weakness of these dangers in the long run. They destroy themselves in their lies, but can still inflict damage by their sin to those around them. Poitier's character seems to want to honestly through his psychoanalysis help the character overcome his racism, but instead it just helps him eventually sleep at night. The fact that the films shows the weakness and inability many times to reform those who chose to hate is interesting as it is a movie born through the modern times where enlightenment and logic can bring about utopia. However, Poitier seems to show the realism that many times they are not reformed but seek to manipulate the system. The movie was also interesting in the use of creative flash backs and creepy jumps between the patient and his childhood. It did give an interesting flash back of how and why he is the way he is. Through the sin of his parents and hatred of others. Nevertheless, as Poitier's character points out...others have gone through worse and come out better. That his story is a context, but not an excuse. This film seems to be more realistic and right than many films today which promote victim-hood, political correctness, and either modernistic utopian dreams or post-modern empty cynicism.
January 23, 2011
Very powerful drama about the American Nazi movement and a psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) that confronts it. A total flashback film, this one is high drama about hate.

Bobby Darin is huge and great in this mind killer drama. Great drama, fast paced, this shows that singer Bobby Darrin was more than a singer of hit song Mack the Knife. Bobby was as good an actor as ever lived, better than Sinatra.

Prisoner Bobby Darrin is arrested for advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government just before WWII. Sidney Poitier treats Darrin as a psychiatrist assigned to help Darrin recover from his Nazi tenedancies.

Unable to get through to a particularly hostile patient, psychiatrist Peter Falk goes to gray-haired senior shrink Sidney Poitier for advice. This prompts Poitier to recall his experiences during World War II. While working on behalf of the government, Poitier was assigned the case of psycho Nazi sympathizer Bobby Darin.

A complex flashback structure reveals the various influences that led to Darin's warped state of mind and to his life of crime. Poitier perceives that Darin is potentially dangerous, and insists that he needs further treatment. The government sees things differently, and allows Darin, who on the surface shows signs of recovery, to leave the hospital.

The horrible results of this decision serve to convince Poitier to follow his own gut feelings no matter what his fellow "experts" might advise, and to continue probing even the most recalcitrant or deceptively "cured" of patients.

Essentially a conformist psychological melodrama, Pressure Point truly comes to life whenever Bobby Darin is on the screen. His performance was outstanding, far better than his Oscar-nominated turn in 1963's Captain Newman.

Writers: Hubert Cornfield, Robert M. Lindner (story)

Sidney Poitier,
Bobby Darin
Peter Falk

This is a tremendous drama about Nazi's in America during the great WWII and a prison inmate who refuses to see otherwise from his Nazi tendancies.

Director: Hubert Cornfield

Writers: Hubert Cornfield, Robert M. Lindner (story)

Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin and Peter Falk

Runtime: 91 min
Sound Mix: Mono
Color: Black and White
½ January 4, 2011
Though interesting at the meta-level, this film tended to be a bit dull except when the volatile Darin was on the screen and created real tension. Luckily, he was on the screen quite a bit.
Super Reviewer
September 4, 2010
A 'stylized' presentation of racism that says a little more about the enormous talents of Sidney Poitier than it does about the ignorance of inequality and bigotry.

*NOTE: Bobby Darin shines in a very unsympathetic role.
April 13, 2010
A pretty good movie about a Psychiatrist trying to unravel the mind of a psychopath which is played very well by Bobby Darin...
The unraveling of the mind is well depicted too!!
March 9, 2010
Great film featuring Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin. Great directing by Hubert Cornfield. Bobby Darin delivered a superb performance on par with Sidney Poitier.
½ August 24, 2009
Nothing too unique about this film, as its another Sidney Poitier film from the 60's addressing race; but that isn't a bad thing. Poitier has a level of sophisitication and class so heightened it usually makes the viewing of any of his films a pleasurable exercise. What surprised me was the performance by his co-star, singer Bobby Darin, as a racist Nazi whom the therapist played by Poitier is trying to get through to. Darin may seem a little over-the-top by today's standards, but for a film released in 1962 in the middle of the Civil Rights movement, I'm sure it was highly potent. Darin doesn't feel like a singer trying to act, but instead like a singer with genuine skill as an actor, a rare find these days. Overall the movie makes for interesting viewing, but its rating takes a sleight hits for two reasons: first of all, out of Poitier's many films detailing race relations this film doesn't succeed in reaching the greatness of the classics "In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". Also, there are some highly-symbolic, more abstract scenarios in the film that I didn't feel quite worked out as well as the director might have hoped. Still, its a good movie deserving of a viewing.
½ August 17, 2009
I am surprised that this movie didn't achieve "cult hit" status like The Conversation. Perhaps it was a movie with themes that far surpassed the intellectual indulgence of its era. The most memorable moment for me was when the Doctor made the patient apologise, and came up with some lengthy, psychoanalytical diatribe about how the patient only found it within him to apologise after the doctor had removed his coat. The patient's father is a symbol of resistance, and since the doctor is resisting him, the patient personifies the doctor as his father. The patient chooses to verbally assault the doctor about his colour because it is the only thing within his means to do. But once the doctor removes his coat, the doctor is no longer a symbol of authority, no longer an extrapolation of the hated father figure, and no longer a negro; he is just another man, facing a man, and that makes apologising easier. I'd like the exact quote if I could find it!
½ August 14, 2009
Sidney Poitier plays a dignified man -- a familiar role -- well. Bobby Darin actually does a good job playing a psychopath. This is a strange and interesting movie on many levels, especially for its (1962) time. Worth checking out.
Super Reviewer
September 8, 2008
Not a bad film but a little too melodramatic. What makes this film interesting is how disturbing and dark the flashbacks are. Poitier is good as always but a suprise performance from Bobby Darin.
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