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Release Date:
16 November 1962 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The World of "Mountain" Riviera . . . The Fast Buck . . . The Angry Men . . . The Lonely Women ! See more »
Plot:
Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great boxing flick that transcends stereotypes See more (43 total) »

Cast

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Anthony Quinn ... Louis 'Mountain' Rivera

Jackie Gleason ... Maish Rennick

Mickey Rooney ... Army

Julie Harris ... Grace Miller

Stanley Adams ... Perelli (as Stan Adams)
Madame Spivy ... Ma Greeny

Val Avery ... Young fighter's promoter
Herbie Faye ... Charlie, the Bartender

Jack Dempsey ... Himself
Barney Ross
Alex Miteff
Rory Calhoun ... Himself

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (as Cassius Clay)
Gus Lesnevich
Willie Pep
Steve Belloise ... Hotel Desk Clerk
J.J. Ballargeon
Paoli Rossi

Michael Conrad ... Ma Greeny's Thug
Abe Simon
Stan Ross
Lou Gilbert ... Dr. Gilbert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William 'Haystacks' Calhoun ... Himself, Rivera's wrestling opponent (uncredited)
Nancy Cushman ... Woman on Elevator (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Barfly Watching TV (uncredited)
Arthur Mercante ... Referee (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Midget Wrestler Outside Wrestling Ring (uncredited)
David Susskind ... Himself - Trailor Narrator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ralph Nelson 
 
Writing credits
Rod Serling (teleplay)

Rod Serling 

Produced by
Jack Grossberg .... associate producer
David Susskind .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz 
 
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
 
Production Design by
Burr Smidt 
 
Set Decoration by
Francis J. Brady 
 
Costume Design by
John Boxer 
 
Makeup Department
Dick Smith .... makeup artist (as Richard Smith)
 
Production Management
David Golden .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hertzberg .... assistant director
Tony LaMarca .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Francis J. Brady .... set dresser
Guy Fraumeni .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Edward J. Johnstone .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barr .... key grip
Joseph F. Coffey .... camera operator
David Golden .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Richard Stone .... assistant film editor
 
Other crew
Burt Astor .... production controller
Belle Iacobellis .... production secretary
Sascha Laurence .... script supervisor (as Sascha W. Laurence)
Arthur Mercante .... technical advisor
 

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Runtime:
95 min | 85 min (TCM print)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating)

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Trivia:
Opening traveling shot of bar customers watching fight on TV was apparently filmed in mirror behind bar because all beer labels and signs in background read backwards.See more »
Quotes:
Maish Rennick:You think when you put clothes on an ape, you make him into a dancing partner.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Interns (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home on the RangeSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Great boxing flick that transcends stereotypes, 21 May 2002
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

This is a golden oldie if there ever was one. Adapted from Rod Serling's earlier `Playhouse 90' TV drama, it improved greatly on the original by taking full advantage of the film medium, including moody film-noir lighting, an excellent music score, and superb direction. Anthony Quinn is excellent, getting all the pathos out of the role without overdoing it. Mickey Rooney and Jackie Gleason, neither of whom is renowned for subtlety and restraint, hit just the right note in their performances, as does Julie Harris. The ending of this film couldn't be more different than the `Playhouse 90' ending. One of the more bizarre elements of this film, which was not in the original TV play, is the character of Ma Greeney, a really frightening person and the only example I am aware of in film of a lesbian gangster (and in 1962, yet). I can still remember how startled I was to see this character when I first watched this film on TV back in the late 1960s.

The new DVD of `Requiem for a Heavyweight' offers both a full-screen and wide-screen presentation. The quality of the transfer is really outstanding. The liner notes indicate that it is mastered in high definition. While I don't have the hardware to watch it in high-def., I can say that on an ordinary monitor it looks outstanding. Perhaps the sharpest DVD picture I've ever seen. The sound is clear, and the subtitles are very helpful in picking out dialog that may be indistinct, or not easily understood because of Anthony Quinn's manner of delivering the lines while in character.

However. It seems to me that at least one whole scene and a part of another scene is missing. I distinctly remember Maish (Jackie Gleason) telling Ma Greeney what he would do to her if she weren't a lady. In response, she laughs and says `that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.' This is part of the early scene where Maish is attacked in an abandoned boxing ring by Ma's thugs. There is another whole scene I can recall in which Mountain (Anthony Quinn) is practicing holds with a wrestler. He asks that the wrestler stay away from his injured eye, and when he purposely goes for the eye, Mountain punches his lights out. The cuts I recall seeing on TV years ago always included these scenes, and I've never seen this shortened cut of the film before. It's still a great film, but I really miss these two scenes.

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