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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:
brilliant and devastating 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)

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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're not a winner anymore, Mountain. There's only one thing left. Let's make some money from the losing.See more »
Soundtrack:
Home on the RangeSee more »

FAQ

Chicago Opening Happened When?
"Requiem"---Was It Filmed in New York?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
brilliant and devastating, 7 July 2009

I don't think I had ever seen this movie from beginning to end before but had the chance to do so when it came up recently on a cable channel. One feels, after watching it in its entirety, as one does after having listened to Mahler's 9th symphony - you are emotionally drained and devastated. The movie is Exhibit A in the prosecution's case that movies were better made in the past than today. It is impossible to imagine something this excellent being produced today. The movie makes no plays for cuteness or humor, and never seeks to soften its razor-sharp edges. It is grittily real from beginning to end. Actually, it surpasses reality, as all great art does, in letting us look starkly into the cruel realities of human existence. The acting is absolutely top-notch from all the leads. One is reminded that Jackie Gleason, after all the eye-popping excesses of "The Honetmooners" (as great as that series was, for what it was) was a truly superb actor. I cannot think of a movie in which Anthony Quinn surpassed himself in his role as Mountain Rivera - tough, beaten up, beaten down, loyal, honest and yet with a sensitive core deep within. Mickey Rooney shines just as brightly. The script is brilliant, economical, realistic, and revelatory of the characters; we forget just what a brilliant writer Rod Serling was. Of course one of the reasons the movie could not be made today is that it forgoes the obligatory happy ending (which was used, evidently, in the TV version); the movie follows its dark logic all the way to the final, devastating scene.

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