Pressure Point

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Released 1962

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Director:
Hubert Cornfield
Released:
1962
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Pressure Point is a 1962 American film directed by Hubert Cornfield and starring Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin. A doctor (Poitier) in a psychiatric institution is asked to reassign a patient to a different doctor when one of his staff members becomes frustrated with him. Reflecting on his own experience, the doctor then tells the story of working with a Nazi sympathizer 20 years previous. In a flashback, the story of the sympathizer is told through the doctor's eyes. The patient (Darin) discusses his traumatic childhood, including an abusive, alcoholic father. As he discusses his youth and his early days in the Nazi party, the doctor begins diagnosing the patient with Antisocial Personality Disorder. The doctor must then fight to keep the patient under this watch, as his false charms have convinced others that he is a functional member of society. The patient is released, and the doctor must then deal with the consequences of a man with no conscience living in the world.

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