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Fear Strikes Out (1957)

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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Karl Malden as usual refers to someone, in this movie a baseball scout, by the name of Sekulovich. His real birth name. See more »

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In Jimmy's first game with the Red Sox, the Red Sox pitcher starts his windup as a lefty in the close-up and completes it as a righty in the long shot. See more »

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Referenced in Remington Steele: Second Base Steele (1984) See more »

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Fear Strikes Out Hits Home Run ****
10 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Outstanding biography detailing the life of Boston Red Sox slugger Jimmy Piersall.

The late Anthony Perkins depicted the appropriate temperament in his portrayal of this baseball legend. Driven by a domineering, obsessed with perfection father, Perkins is outstanding in his portrayal. He is equally matched by Carl Malden, terrific as the father.

From childhood Perkins is seen as being driven by his father to achieve perfection. Nothing less will satisfy the compulsive driven father.

The scene where Perkins goes berserk during a game is memorable.

His recovery is well staged as well. My diagnosis would have been to keep his father away but to make sure that the viewers see this wonderful film.


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