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Director  Robert Mulligan
Music director  Elmer Bernstein
Country  United States
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Biography, Drama, Sport
Language  English
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Release date  March 20, 1957 (1957-03-20)
Based on  Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story  by Jimmy Piersall and Al Hirshberg
Writer  Ted Berkman (screenplay), Raphael Blau (screenplay), Jimmy Piersall (based on the story by), Al Hirshberg (based on the story by)
Story by  Jimmy Piersall, Albert Hirshberg
Cast  Anthony 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)
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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.


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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:

  • 2008: AFI's 10 Top 10:
  • Nominated Sports Film
  • Reception

    Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote:


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