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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 alternate career, the boxer's courage is stronger than his addled senses, a serious barrier to getting any job. Then Rivera's manager Rennick breaks down and tells him he has lost a gambling bet against the fighter and needs him to bail him out -- by becoming a wrestler. The question is, will Rivera take this humiliating path just to save his unethical manager, or will he stick to his scruples and reject the idea?more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Sports & Fitness, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Rod Serling
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Anthony Quinn
as Louis "Mountain" Riv...
Jackie Gleason
as Maish Rennick
Julie Harris
as Grace Miller
Madame Spivy
as Ma Greeny
Herbie Faye
as Bartender
Jack Dempsey
as Himself
Muhammad Ali
as Ring Opponent
Steve Belloise
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Lou Gilbert
as Ring doctor
Val Avery
as Young Fighter's Prom...
Rory Calhoun
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Requiem for a Heavyweight

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

It still packs considerable punch as a character study, although its action has slowed to where the plot padding is often obvious.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

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
Cinema em Cena

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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Requiem for a Heavyweight

Such a wonderful movie. five out of five stars. Purely gold and well written. Requiem for a Heavyweight will hold a special place in your heart.

Grim, violent boxing drama. A well made, but depressing film. (Spoiler Alert) Just like in movies such as "The Wrestler," you can see what is coming for the main character from the beginning. He isn't going to make it out of the game. He'll be trapped in it for life. The film allows for hope, only to take it away.

John Miller

Boxing is just a background item. The main point of the movie is friendship, choices, priorities...Anthony Quinn is a great actor. Makes people forget that they are watching a movie. Even the screen is b/w.

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