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Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 16 November 1962 (West Germany)
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »

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Perelli (as Stan Adams)
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Young fighter's promoter
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Charlie, the Bartender
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Himself
Barney Ross
Alex Miteff
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Himself (as Cassius Clay)
Gus Lesnevich
Willie Pep
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Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a life outside the ring, or will Maish find a way to exploit him one more time? Written by John Whorfin

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Trivia

Stanley Adams (Perelli) was the only actor to reprise his role from Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956), though the character's name was spelled Pirelli in the television version. See more »

Goofs

Gleason's character is beaten up by goons in the beginning of the movie, but in what is suppose to be the next day, doesn't have a mark on him and is uninjured in any way. See more »

Quotes

Maish Rennick: You're not a winner anymore, Mountain. There's only one thing left. Let's make some money from the losing.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Requiem for a Lightweight (1972) See more »

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Ex-boxers in the cast
2 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's easy to pick out Jack Dempsey and Muhammed Ali, but there are many others in the cast. The movie fades in on a tracking shot running the length of a hotel bar, examining the faces of a bunch of retired boxers watching the Clay-Rivera fight on TV. In order of appearance: Alex Miteff (wearing a beret), Abe Simon (with an eyebrow bandage), Gus Lesnevich (holding a cigarette lighter), Steve Belloise (bald guy; he later plays the hotel bar desk clerk in a short exchange with Mickey Rooney), Rory Calhoun (black guy with a beer), Paolo Rossi (big Italian-looking guy with a beer), Willie Pep (wearing a fedora), and Barney Ross (the older guy in the suit, sweater, and tie).


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