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Requiem for a Heavyweight -- Knockout performances by Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris highlight this hard-hitting drama of corruption in the ring. Featuring Muhammad Ali.

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Release Date:
16 November 1962 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The World of "Mountain" Riviera . . . The Fast Buck . . . The Angry Men . . . The Lonely Women ! See more »
Plot:
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(260 articles)
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Quinn Gives Knockout Performance in "Heavyweight" See more (52 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)

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
Tom Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Richard Stone .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Seymour Barab .... musician: cello, uncredited
Phil Bodner .... musician: woodwinds, uncredited
Norman Carr .... musician: violin, viola, uncredited
Arnold Eidus .... musician: violin, viola, uncredited
Loren Glickman .... musician: woodwinds, uncredited
Herbert J. Harris .... musician: drums, percussion, uncredited
Max Hollander .... musician: violin, viola, uncredited
Bernie Leighton .... musician: piano, uncredited
Sam Levitan .... musician: bass, uncredited
Charles McCracken .... musician: cello, uncredited
Aaron Rosand .... musician: violin, viola, uncredited
Laurence Rosenthal .... conductor, uncredited
Michael Tree .... musician: violin, viola, uncredited
Joe Wilder .... musician: trumpet, uncredited
 
Other crew
Burt Astor .... production controller
Belle Iacobellis .... production secretary
Sascha Laurence .... script supervisor (as Sascha W. Laurence)
Arthur Mercante .... technical advisor
Al Bain .... fighting advisor (uncredited)
Al Bain .... stand-in: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blood Money" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
95 min | 85 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
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) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sean Connery also did a version for British TV.See more »
Quotes:
Louis 'Mountain' Rivera:[to Grace] Do you know why I talk so funny? Because I've been hit a million times.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
AvalonSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Quinn Gives Knockout Performance in "Heavyweight", 19 November 2007
Author: st-shot from United States

The sport of professional boxing takes another beating in this tragic and powerful re-make of the Rod Serling Playhouse 90 teleplay. The film opens from the viewpoint of Mountain Rivera, a once ranked heavyweight, being pummeled by a youthful Cassius Clay. Rivera loses the fight, beaten so senseless that when asked where he is (NYC) he responds "I'm in Pittsburgh and its raining". When the the fight doctor examines him he makes it clear this broken down pug is all washed up. This puts his manager Maish in a bind since he bet Mountain wouldn't get past the fourth round with some thugs who also lost money because of his guarantee. Maish needs cash fast and the only way he can get it is to get his washed up fighter to wrestle. Rivera considers it degrading (remember it's 1962) and refuses.

Requiem is top heavy with strong performances from its quartet of leads. Jackie Gleason as sleazy Maish is given more to work with here than his Oscar nominated Minnesota Fats. He's a desperate man, wracked with guilt but ready to sell out Mountain to stay breathing. Mickey Rooney gives probably his finest adult performance as Army, the trainer who has Mountain's best interest at heart. Julie Harris as the social worker assigned to find him employment seems incapable of giving anything less than solid performances in everything she does and she does not disappoint here. Then there is Anthony Quinn doing what he does best but this time with a battered machismo that's barely holding together. Body broken, dreams shattered, he is a combination of punchy and naive; a hulking gruesome monster, but still a child inside. His plight is uneasy to witness and Quinn in conveying it has never been better.

Also deserving mention is night club owner and performer Madame Spivy playing Ma, the hood owed money. Dressed in a man's trench coat and hat she displays an offbeat menace with a clipped sardonic delivery that makes more than clear she is a woman not to be trifled with.

Director Ralph Nelson keeps things claustrophobic and low lit to emphasize the grim existence of the characters far from the big paydays and glamor of pay per view in Vegas. Their futures seem about as bright as the dark rooms they live in and the empty deserted streets they walk.

While it may not rank as one of the great fight films of all time,(unrestored cuts from the original print hamper the film's rhythm) Heavyweight's combination of excellent acting and story make it worth going the distance.

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