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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 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:
Stunning & Fantastic Portrayal of the Seedy Aspects of Pugilism! See more (49 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
 
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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Anthony Quinn did this film when Lawrence of Arabia (1962) went on a two month hiatus between October and December of 1961. The film was released before "Lawrence" came out.See more »
Quotes:
Muhammad Ali:Great fight kid. You were great.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.89" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
AvalonSee more »

FAQ

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"Requiem"---Was It Filmed in New York?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Stunning & Fantastic Portrayal of the Seedy Aspects of Pugilism!, 6 March 2008
Author: lawrence_elliott from Canada

Jackie Gleason is in his element as promoter/manager/trainer of a broken down end-of-the-road boxer "Mountain Rivera" played brilliantly by Anthony Quinn. After 17 punishing years getting battered in the Ring "The Mountain" sports the scars, brain paralysis and the "shot" hoarse voice of an ex-fighter who is played to the hilt by Quinn. Mickey Rooney as "Mountain's" trainer is also sensational in his role. The whole cast in this film is simply fantastic. The writing of Rod Serling (of "Twilight Zone" fame) is masterful to say the least. Julie Harris who tries to provide hope for Rivera's future is beautifully and "tenderly" rendered on screen. The sleazy nature of the boxing business in the seedy surroundings of the cockroach infested hotel rooms is starkly defined in this black and white celluloid. There is a scene with Mickey Rooney and Jackie Gleason playing cards reminiscent of "The Honeymooners" with Art Carney when Gleason explodes in exasperation at Rooney who delays playing his hand at "gin" rummy. This is a taut and brilliantly portrayed film that everyone should see. Muhammed Ali (as Cassius Clay) is hauntingly shot at the beginning of the film. Jack Dempsey, the former heavyweight champ, is also shown at his restaurant in New York. The corruption and fear in this business is tellingly displayed. In fact this is a "must see" and "must own" kind of film. A Knock Out! As an aside, Jackie Gleason was so great on film partly because of his experience in live vaudeville shows. He grew up in abject poverty as a boy. This forced him out at an early age to make a living. The greatness came from hard times, talent and an insatiable work ethic. Thus the great talent of Jackie Gleason began to shine to the point of dethroning Milton Berle out of the top TV spot in 1954 as "The Honeymooners" stormed on screen. So many great talents from this era developed in the same way. Poverty and hard times had a way of producing talented star entertainers in the 30's and 40's. Perhaps this explains the lack of talent on screen today.

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