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Requiem for a Heavyweight Reviews

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½ August 17, 2016
Not a bad movie, if you like boxing movies then you should watch this one.
June 11, 2016
Sad movie about a stumbly bumbly fighter.
October 7, 2015
Quinn knocks it out of the park!
½ April 28, 2015
I'll be honest, the ending gave it the extra half star. Wow.
April 7, 2015
Starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris. Rod Serling's heartbreaking study of a washed up boxer (Quinn) who doesn't realize his manager (Gleason) is using him to his own advantage. Trainer Mickey Rooney does, and he has Quinn's back. So does social worker Julie Harris, who grows fond of Quinn after he comes to her looking for employment. Directed by Ralph Nelson.
March 19, 2015
Gleason, Quinn, Rooney and Harris were very good.
Cassius Clay cameo as himself.
Opening fight zequence gives the viewer a sense of what the fighter experiences after taking a beating.
Exterior and interior locations for Jack Dempsey restaurant who also had a cameo. Cameos by Arthur Mercante, Willie Pep and Gus Leznevich in opening scene listening to the fight.
Quinn's makeup to highlight his facial scars.
Excellent screenplay dialogue by Rod Serling ada pted from his teleplay.
February 9, 2015
Basada en el guión televisivo de Rod Serling ("Dimensión Desconocida"), este es un relato sombrío y pesimista acerca de un boxeador de peso pesado (un excelente Anthony Quinn) que ya no puede pelear más y cuyo único apoyo se encuentra en un mánager con deudas de dinero (un gran Jackie Gleason), un entrenador recto (un buen Mickey Rooney) y una trabajadora social que siente tanto atracción como compasión por él (una sólida Julie Harris). Los ecos de "Rocky" son evidentes: Stallone casi plagió su guión de esta cinta. Mohammed Ali y Jack Dempsey se interpretan a sí mismos en pequeños papeles.
January 21, 2015
Great acting, story. You really feel sorry for the boxer who is taken advantage of by his handler.
January 5, 2015
Strongly acted character study with little action except an unusual and effective beginning sequence that has Cassius Clay knocking out Quinn's Rivera. Maybe one of the best casted films of all time. I think today it works better as a stage play. Sad and effective script by Twilight Zone's Rod Serling.
½ October 1, 2014
Great movie, definitely something modern movies lack.
½ April 18, 2014
A searing masterpiece. Outstanding in its portrayal of a boxer who is forced to retire, and discovers that all he knows how to do is box. Also, that's all certain people want him to do...

Great cinematography and direction. Shot in black & white, the use of shadows and light is superb.

Brilliant character development and depth. It is painful to watch Mountain Rivera go through all his torment, stumbling along with no direction, easily manipulated.

What makes it so much much more compelling is Anthony Quinn's performance in the lead role. Surely one of the great performances in cinema history (yet strangely overlooked, as was anything to do with this movie, at Oscar nomination time). Quinn acts out of his skin here, engaging you fully, and making you feel his pain and desperation.

Good support from Mickey Rooney, Jackie Gleason and Julie Harris. Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) and Jack Dempsey appear as themselves.

Only negative comes right at the end. Conclusion feels rushed, and slightly misses its mark.

One of the greatest sporting movies ever made. Among boxing movies its only equals or betters are Raging Bull and Million Dollar Baby.
March 30, 2014
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.
½ December 11, 2013
I heard about this when reading about Will Smith's "Ali", as it includes an amazing opening scene with the actual real life Cassius Clay. I love films like this that have much deeper meanings that what might be expected by someone who watches it purely because it's sports related. And of course it's also extremely well acted, written, and directed.
½ August 16, 2013
Strong performances about a trio of friends who live off each others abilities. Those same abilities and friendships limit what they can achieve in life.
June 3, 2013
Intresting seeing jackie gleason and mickey rooney in serious roles. The opening first person boxing/knockout must have been revolutionary for its time and holds up. Not your typical clear cut good vs bad happy ending movie.
August 20, 2012
one of my fave sports dramas
July 29, 2012
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.
February 1, 2012
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.
August 14, 2011
Oy, this is a heart breaker!
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