Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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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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Steve (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
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Pirelli
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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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Original air date 11 October 1956. The first original 90-minute drama ever shown live on TV. See more »

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Remade as Requiem voor een zwaargewicht (1959) See more »

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One of Rod Serling's best scripts
14 June 1999 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

This was a watershed production for American Television. A live broadcast of an intense and moving script. If you love great film and can find a copy to rent, do so. Jack Palance gives the finest performance of his career and the supporting cast is flawless.

The movie version made several years later, and staring Anthony Quinn is quite good, but it doesn't measure up to the original.


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