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Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

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A remake of Rod Serling's award-winning teleplay, this movie proves to be equally powerful when undertaken by Anthony Quinn. Centering around a heavyweight boxer who is forced from the ring by a body that just can't take the punishment any more and a doctor's warning that blindness will result if he does keep fighting, circumstances conspire to cost him the last vestiges of his dignity. An excellent production with one of Quinn's best performances, ably assisted by Rooney and Gleason.

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Cast

Anthony Quinn
as Louis "Mountain" Rivera
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 Promoter
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.

December 18, 2013 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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 | Rating: 2/5

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 | Rating: 5/5

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

May 18, 2002 | Full Review…

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