7.2/10
910
40 user 9 critic

Pressure Point (1962)

Trailer
2:28 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A black prison psychiatrist is assigned the distasteful task of helping a paranoid American Nazi charged with sedition.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

R.P.M. (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

R.P.M. stands for (political) revolutions per minute. Anthony Quinn plays a liberal college professor at a west coast college during the hedy days of campus activism in the late 1960s. ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Ann-Margret, Gary Lockwood
Certificate: GP Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of social misfits at a summer camp.for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Bill Mumy, Barry Robins, Miles Chapin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter arrive for a month-long visit to London for dirt-bike racing and unexpectedly, a new romance for the widowed Dr. Younger. His new love interest is the ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Ester Anderson, Yvette Curtis
The Lost Man (1969)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A gang of black militants plots to rob a factory to finance their "revolutionary struggle."

Director: Robert Alan Aurthur
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Joanna Shimkus, Al Freeman Jr.
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Father Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a "controversial" work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Kathleen Quinlan, Maureen Stapleton
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi
Brother John (1971)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Audley
Stars: Eartha Kitt, Sidney Poitier, Juano Hernandez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier, Jack Warden
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two newly weds buy a small private island in the British Virgin Islands and live a happy life without the comforts of modern society.

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: John Cassavetes, Virginia Maskell, Sidney Poitier
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During the Korean War,a platoon leader dies leaving his inexperienced black sergeant in charge of his squad of belligerent and racist white men.

Director: Hall Bartlett
Stars: Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Patient
...
Young Psychiatrist
Carl Benton Reid ...
Chief Medical Officer
Mary Munday ...
Bar Hostess
...
Tavern Owner
Gilbert Green ...
Jewish Father
...
Boy Patient
...
Jimmy
Lynn Loring ...
Jewish Girl
Anne Barton ...
Mother
Edit

Storyline

An African-American prison psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate (Bobby Darin) with bigoted Nazi tendencies. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

FILMED IN BLACK, IN WHITE, IN RAGE!... a motion picture without a safety valve!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 July 1963 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Point Blank  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The hill where the scene with the imaginary friend was shot would later become the site of the universal theme park. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: [furiously to the patient] You crud! You vicious, slimy. rotten little crud!
[He slams the door]
Doctor: Let me tell you something. Do you know what I wanted most? Despite what you are and despite what you were, I wanted to help you. I wanted to kill you. I would enjoy to kill you right now with my bare hands. But more than I wanted to kill you, I wanted to help you. Know what that makes me? More than a good man that makes me a doctor!
See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes the Bride
("The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1850)
Sung at bund meeting
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pushes His Buttons
9 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Reflecting back on another case during the days of World War II, psychiatrist Sidney Poitier is telling colleague Peter Falk not to give up on a case he has with racial differences between him and the patient in Pressure Point. Science and the doctor's obligation to render assistance cancel all things out.

Twenty years back from the Civil Rights era, at its height when Pressure Point was made, back to World War II Poitier is a prison psychiatrist who gets one bad patient. It's Bobby Darin who had never been seen like this on film, as a racist punk who belongs to the German American Bund. Although Darin and his band of thugs have done some really violent crimes, some of which we see in flashback, it's for sedition that he's been arrested.

Still a recurring nightmare brings him to the couch in Poitier's office and the two of them develop a curious relationship. Darin pushes all of Poitier's buttons, in fact he's a pretty loathsome type. Curing his nightmares will not necessarily make him one that will socially adjust back in society.

Film Historians have called Poitier things like Saint Sidney for the heroic good roles he played back in the day as the first black leading man in mainstream films. He might just have qualified for it here, even more than in his film debut No Way Out dealing with another racist criminal Richard Widmark, that time as a medical doctor.

It was Darin who showed the acting chops here that were never displayed before. He was nominated for his performance as a Best Supporting Actor in Captain Newman, MD., personally I think this is his best screen work.

Pressure Point is a two person work, the rest of the cast merely serves as background figures. I'm wondering though why someone like Peter Falk consented to a role that's confined to two scenes at the beginning and the end with no real opportunity for him to display his talents. Still for fans of Poitier or Darin or both this is a chance to see them both at their best.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why so unknown? starman2003
This movie is great--and shocking!! melogee-1
what was the doctor frightened of? starman2003
is this movie any good??? ajk718
a bit odd... starman2003
Darin's best performance? starman2003
Discuss Pressure Point (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?