Fear Strikes Out

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Time Out says

In his autobiography, baseball star Jim Piersall described his childhood (Depression-era poverty, Catholicism, aggressive father, mentally unstable mother), his career with the Boston Red Sox and his years of battling with schizophrenia. The film is in effect a psychoanalysis of the book, concluding (big surprise) that Jim's breakdown was all Dad's fault. The '50s-style confrontations between autocratic Malden and sensitive Perkins draw quite entertainingly on the precepts of Freud and the conventions of melodrama. It's a little poky and tentative, but a promising start by the Pakula-Mulligan team.
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Release details

UK release:

1956

Duration:

101 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Cast:

Adam Williams, Norma Moore, Karl Malden, Anthony Perkins, Brian G Hutton

Music:

Elmer Bernstein

Art Director:

Hal Pereira

Editor:

Aaron Stell

Cinematography:

Haskell Boggs

Screenwriter:

Raphael Blau, Ted Berkman

Producer:

Alan Pakula

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