Fear Strikes Out

Lists: Baseball movies

Brief Synopsis: "Director Robert Mulligan's 1957 biographical drama stars Anthony Perkins as Jimmy Piersall, the baseball player whose career was interrupted by his battle with mental illness. The cast also includes Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Adam Williams and Perry Wilson."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 1957: # 0)

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David Baruffi80
Bryan Lienesch60 - It's more a story about Piersall's battle with mental illness and his relationship with his father than it is about his baseball career. Watching, you can't help but to ask yourself, "why couldn't we have both?"
Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 3

People Involved

  • 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)
  • Richard Bull (Reporter Slade (uncredited))
  • Edd Byrnes (Boy in Car Assisting Jimmy Up Stairway (uncredited))
  • Morgan Jones (Sandy Allen (uncredited))
  • Robert Mulligan (Director)