Fear Strikes Out

Critics Consensus

Based on the true story of troubled baseball star Jimmy Piersall, Fear Strikes Out is an emotionally compelling drama featuring excellent performances from Anthony Perkins and Karl Malden.



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Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,214
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Anthony Perkins stars as troubled baseball-great Jimmy Piersall in this film. Based on Piersall's shattering tell-all autobiography, the film traces Jimmy's ascent from the sandlots of Waterbury, Connecticut to the Boston Red Sox, with his domineering father pushing the boy beyond all reasonable limits.

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Anthony Perkins
as Jim Piersall
Karl Malden
as John Piersall
Adam Williams
as Doctor Brown
Norma Moore
as Mary Piersall
Peter J. Votrian
as Jimmy (younger)
Perry Wilson
as Mrs. John Piersall
Gail Land
as Alice
Brian G. Hutton
as Bernie Sherwill
Bart Burns
as Joe Cronin
Rand Harper
as Radio Announcer
Howard Price
as Bill Tracy
Morgan Jones
as Sandy Allen
Bing Russell
as Ballplayer Holding Trophy
James McNally
as Reporter
Edd Byrnes
as Boy in Car Assisting Jimmy Up Stairway
Wade Cagle
as Intern
Don Brodie
as Reporter Evans
Richard Bull
as Reporter Slade
John Benson
as Reporter
Eric Alden
as Policeman
Don McGuire
as Attendant
Marilyn Malloy
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Fear Strikes Out

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (4)

Audience Reviews for Fear Strikes Out

  • Nov 23, 2010
    Very moving tale with extremely well cast leads. Perkins twitchy nervous energy is perfect for displaying Piersall spiral into mental illness and Malden's bombastic personality is able to convey a man who crushes his son's spirit without even realizing it. The look on his face when he becomes aware of the toll he's exacted on his child is heartbreaking. An excellent film.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Perkins is perfect in this role of a crazy baseball player. And Malden does a great job playing his dad. Plus, it's a true story. I liked it it's a very dramatic movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2009
    Anthony Perkins seems to do his best work when playing psychotic characters.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2007
    Perkins plays "unstable" characters with uncanny realism.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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