GenreBiography, Drama, Sport Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 20, 1957 (1957-03-20) Based onFear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story
by Jimmy Piersall and Al Hirshberg WriterTed Berkman (screenplay), Raphael Blau (screenplay), Jimmy Piersall (based on the story by), Al Hirshberg (based on the story by) Story byJimmy Piersall, Albert Hirshberg CastAnthony Perkins (Jim Piersall), Karl Malden (John Piersall), Norma Moore (Mary Piersall), Adam Williams (Doctor Brown), Perry Wilson (Mrs. John Piersall), Peter J. Votrian (Jim Piersall as a Boy) Similar moviesGood Will Hunting, Fever Pitch, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Moneyball, The Great Escape, Bull Durham
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Fear Strikes Out is a 1957 American biographical sports drama film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's 1955 memoir Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story, co-written with Al Hirshberg. The film stars Anthony Perkins as Piersall and Karl Malden as his father, and it was the first directed by Robert Mulligan.
This film is a Paramount Picture and was preceded by a 1956 TV version starring Tab Hunter.
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Based on Piersall's shattering tell-all biography, the film traces Piersall's rise from the sandlots of Waterbury, Connecticut, to the Boston Red Sox professional baseball team. Karl Malden plays his domineering father who pushes him further and further.
Unable to withstand the pressure, Piersall suffers a nervous breakdown and goes to a mental institution. After a long period of therapy, Jimmy realizes that he has excelled in baseball to please his father — not for his own gratification.
Anthony Perkins as Jim Piersall
Karl Malden as John Piersall
Norma Moore as Mary Piersall
Adam Williams as Dr. Brown
Perry Wilson as Mrs. Piersall
Peter J. Votrian as young Jim Piersall
Richard Bull as Reporter Slade (uncredited)
Bart Burns as Joe Cronin (uncredited)
Edd Byrnes as Boy in Car Assisting Jimmy Up Stairway (uncredited)
Art Gilmore as Broadcaster (voice, uncredited)
Brian G. Hutton as Bernie Serwill (uncredited)
Morgan Jones as Sandy Allen (uncredited)
Bing Russell as Ballplayer Holding Trophy (uncredited)
Gary Vinson as High School Ballplayer (uncredited)
Awards and honors
Nominee, Best Director - Directors Guild of America (Robert Mulligan)
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: