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Requiem for a Heavyweight 

An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.

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Mike
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Steve (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
Edgar Stehli ...
Doctor
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Pirelli
Harry Landers ...
Fox
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Jeffrey
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Fighter in Bar
Lyn Osborn ...
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Joe Abdullah ...
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Ivan Rasputin ...
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An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.

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11 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Having boxed himself, Rod Serling on his personal experiences on the sport for this drama. See more »

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Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock: [Notices Grace glancing at the old boxers chatting loudly in the bar] Oh, that' goes on all the time around here. Maesh says this part of the room is the graveyard. And these guys spend their time dying in here. You know, fighting their lives away inside their heads. That's what Maesh says.
Grace Carney: That's pretty sad.
Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock: Yeah, I suppose it is.
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Remade as Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) See more »

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A washed up man finds a friend in an unexpected place
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TV was never better than this and never got any better later. As soon as the credits were shown Rod Serling's phone never stopped ringing. But what amazed me was I discovered Jack Palance was one hell of an actor. It's a great story but without him it would just have floated instead of soared. After SHANE I figured he'd make good, ugly background for gritty movies, not much else. Great supporting cast. Palance is a prize fighter who almost makes it, then is tossed away like all fighters who don't measure up. His handlers, Ed Wynn and his son Keenan, dump the washed up fighter and he hits the streets, untrained, uneducated and seemingly unemployable. In a final act of desperation he goes to the state employment office. A feel good ending ensues. If you haven't seen it, do so. Feel good movies are hard to come by anymore.


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