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With: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Adam Williams, Perry Wilson, Peter J. Votrian
Written by: Ted Berkman, Raphael Blau, Al Hirshberg, basedon the book by Jimmy Piersall
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100
Date: 03/20/1957
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Fear Strikes Out (1957)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Pitch Perfect

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Before they hit the big time with To Kill a Mockingbird, directorRobert Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula made this realistic,stripped-down, black-and-white baseball story. Anthony Perkins gives agreat, twitchy performance as Jimmy Piersall, the real-life outfielderwho lands a coveted spot on the Boston Red Sox. But the strain ofgetting there -- plus the relentless pushing of his father (Karl Malden)-- knocks him over the edge and into a nervous breakdown. The lankyPerkins actually has a pretty good throwing arm, but sports a funnybatting stance. Apparently, the real Piersall renounced the film due to itsmisrepresentation of the facts. Paramount's disc has no extras.

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