Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Critic 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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as Jim Piersall
as John Piersall
as Doctor Brown
as Mary Piersall
as Jimmy (younger)
as Mrs. John Piersall
as Bernie Sherwill
as Joe Cronin
as Radio Announcer
as Bill Tracy
as Sandy Allen
as Ballplayer Holding Trophy
as Boy in Car Assisting Jimmy Up Stairway
as Reporter Evans
as Reporter Slade
Critic Reviews for Fear Strikes Out
Fear holds up well, and the climactic showdown between father and son offers a tremendously appealing resolution.
Fear Strikes Out rolls Frank Merriwell and Sigmund Freud into a ball and then lines it out for a solid hit.
Anthony Perkins, in the young Piersall role, delivers a remarkably sustained performance of a sensitive young man, pushed too fast to the limits of his ability to cope with life's pressures.
Mr. Perkins plays the young fellow excellently, not only conveying the gathering torment but also actually looking like a ballplayer on the field.
It's a little poky and tentative, but a promising start by the Pakula-Mulligan team.
Audience Reviews for Fear Strikes Out
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.
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.
Anthony Perkins seems to do his best work when playing psychotic characters.
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