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Pressure Point (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 July 1963 (Mexico)
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A black prison psychiatrist is assigned the distasteful task of helping a paranoid American Nazi charged with sedition.

Directors:

Hubert Cornfield, Stanley Kramer (uncredited)

Writers:

Hubert Cornfield (screenplay), S. Lee Pogostin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Doctor
Bobby Darin ... Patient
Peter Falk ... Young Psychiatrist
Carl Benton Reid ... Chief Medical Officer
Mary Munday Mary Munday ... Bar Hostess
Howard Caine ... Tavern Owner
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Jewish Father
Barry Gordon ... Boy Patient
Richard Bakalyan ... Jimmy
Lynn Loring ... Jewish Girl
Anne Barton Anne Barton ... Mother
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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

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

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1963 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Point Blank See more »

Filming Locations:

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$665,000, 31 December 1962
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Patient: Why don't you wise up?
Doctor: How would i do that?
Patient: Why don't you go back to Africa?
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Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
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Words written by Francis Scott Key (1814)
Based on earlier melody by John Stafford Smith
Sung by james
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What a movie.
13 June 2002 | by JessicaBrandySee all my reviews

Bobby Darin has earned my utmost respect.

I've heard "Mack the Knife" and other snappy songs by him, but I only recently realized that he was an actor as well. I'll admit that this was not a rented movie or something I sought out, just one that I caught from the classic channel, but it was from beginning to end, no commercials or cuts and I cannot express how much admiration I have for Bobby Darin. He came from a weird life (a life only Jack Nicholson could relate to) and add to that a disease that shortened it, but Bobby Darin made his time around one to be remembered. This man's performance in 'Pressure Point' stunned me.

Darin plays a man who's childhood was not one to be envious of. This man's life became even less envious, because the story takes place inside a prison where he is a convict. Sidney Poitier plays the prisons psychiatrist and Darin is sent to him because he cannot sleep due to anxiety. Poitier's character has a hard time with Darin's due to the fact that he is extremely racist (a Nazi even) and is continually treating Poitier as though he understands how he feels is wrong but doesn't care (that is the attitude that I got from it). That he knows everything he feels is based on a lie but he simply does not care...it allows him to be violent and hateful and that is why he does what he does. It's pretty scary and even though sometime you think, "goodness, I hate that sometimes what Darin's character is saying makes a little sense, what in the world is Poitier going to say to that?", that's when the doctor sets him straight.

I am a pretty emotional person and this movie really knows how to pull at them, even for an older movie, it has its 'I can't believe he said that' moments, but it was very impressive for Bobby and Sidney to do a movie with such a point, when others at the time were doing such cheesy things.


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