Fear Strikes Out

1957, Biography, 1h 40m

24 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Ever since Jimmy Piersall (Anthony Perkins) was a boy, his baseball-obsessed father (Karl Malden) has pushed the sport on him. Trying to live vicariously through his son, the elder Piersall makes Jimmy eat, sleep and breathe baseball with destructive determination. But once Jimmy achieves his father's goal and makes it to the major leagues, he begins to unravel. After Jimmy suffers a breakdown, it is unclear whether he will ever be able to play the sport again.

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  • 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.
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  • 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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