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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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

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Drama

Certificate:

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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Box Office

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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Here Comes the Bride
("The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1850)
Sung at bund meeting
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Intolerance and Stress
16 October 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When a young psychiatrist (Peter Falk) comes to his Afro-American chief (Sidney Poitier) to tell that he can not bear a thirteen year-old patient, the doctor discloses a similar experience he had with a patient when he was a rookie and worked as prison psychiatrist.

In 1942, the doctor is assigned to give psychiatric treatment and evaluate a dangerous American Nazi patient (Bobby Darin) accused of sedition. The racist patient has nightmares and insomnia and the doctor analyzes him along eighteen months, finding the reason of his disturbance. The patient convinces the board of direction that he deserves to be on probation but the doctor is reluctant and diagnoses that the patient has only resolved his sleeping problem but is still a despicable bigoted person.

"Pressure Point" is a theatrical film of intolerance and stress, dated in 2012, but nevertheless a great movie. I do not know how accurate is the psychiatric treatment, but the duel between Bobby Darin and Sidney Poitier is outstanding, both performing victims with strong characters – the patient, son of an abusive father that made him a bigot sadist and the doctor, a winner in a racist society. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Tormentos da Alma" ("Torments of the Soul")


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