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Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  15 August 1957 (Australia)
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True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

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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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Anthony Perkins had to bat and throw with his opposite hand to portray the right handed Jimmy Piersall. See more »

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Sensational story of a baseball star's mental illness.
10 July 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This a very interesting, but not totally factual, account of the life of Jimmy Piersall. Piersall was a popular player with the Boston Red Sox. His antics on and off the field are now legendary. Piersall fell in love with baseball at a young age, but his domineering father forced Jimmy to not only achieve, but to play to perfection. Mr. Piersall's constant manipulating can be traced to his son's mental breakdown.

Anthony Perkins puts in a dedicated performance as Jimmy Piersall. Karl Malden excelled as the relentless Mr. Piersall. Also in the cast are Bart Burns, Norma Moore and Adam Williams.

This is a very stark and interesting movie, just don't take all the content as gospel. A baseball fan's delight.


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