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Requiem for a Heavyweight

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

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One of the most memorable sports dramas because of its strong character development, Requiem for a Heavyweight is carried by Anthony Quinn as the washed-up boxer Mountain Rivera, and Jackie Gleason as his sleazy manager, Maish Rennick. In the opening scenes, Cassius Clay -- before he became Muhammad Ali -- knocks out Rivera in a stunning fight sequence. Rivera's career is over, and although his trainer Army (Mickey Rooney) and a social worker (Julie Harris) encourage him with vain hopes for an

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Drama, Sports & Fitness, Classics

Rod Serling

May 14, 2002

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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A serious incisive drama that pulls no punches in its low-keyed exposure of its pitiable has been hero and the sleazy, harried sidekicks who share his sweat-stained and blood-stained world.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It still packs considerable punch as a character study, although its action has slowed to where the plot padding is often obvious.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The screenplay is as tight as a right hook from Cassius Clay (who, incidentally, appears here as himself two years before becoming Muhammad Ali) and drives effortlessly toward its somber, heartbreaking conclusion.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
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Apesar das boas atuações de Rooney e Gleason, o filme apela demais para o melodrama e acaba soando de maneira excessivamente artificial - e a caricatural performance de Quinn não colabora muito para evitar isso.

January 20, 2003
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An all-time classic with Quinn giving one of the finest portrayals of his career. Gleason and Mickey Rooney are great in support.

December 19, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A bittersweet drama about a burnt-out boxer who stumbles into the future following the dictates of his heart.

May 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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