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16 November 1962 (West Germany) See more »
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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 »
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(235 articles)
Movie News: Classic Movie Star Mickey Rooney Dies at 93
 (From HollywoodChicago.com. 7 April 2014, 8:47 AM, PDT)

Silver Screen legend Mickey Rooney dead at 93
 (From Hitfix. 6 April 2014, 9:26 PM, PDT)

R.I.P. Mickey Rooney
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REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (Ralph Nelson, 1962) *** See more (42 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:
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:
Louis 'Mountain' Rivera:In 1952 they ranked me number five!See more »
Soundtrack:
Home on the RangeSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (Ralph Nelson, 1962) ***, 17 February 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I had missed out on an Italian TV broadcast of this acclaimed boxing drama in the 80s and, even if it did get released on DVD on both regions, I never got to pick it up until now because its lack of any significant supplements kept pushing it back. Anyway, I got to watch and own it now and it was certainly worth the wait as this must surely rank among the best films that deal with boxing. Interestingly, REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT was originally previewed at a much longer running time (featuring some 16 minutes of additional footage) but the version I watched is the more familiar 86-minute cut.

The film was superbly written by Rod Serling – best-known for writing many of THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1959-64) episodes and introducing the show – who, among others, provided the screenplay for such notable films as PATTERNS (1956), SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964) and PLANET OF THE APES (1968). Actually, this was the fourth filming of the play and previous TV versions – both made in 1957 – starred Jack Palance and, of all people, Sean Connery in the role played here by Anthony Quinn!

The four leads are all outstanding: Quinn gives what is arguably his most moving performance as the dim-witted boxer who cannot even talk coherently with all the beatings he took in the ring and might even lose his sight if he keeps at it much longer; Jackie Gleason is excellent as Quinn's manager who is driven to bet against his own man in order to collect some fast dough and pay off his debts to an androgynous racketeer breathing down his neck; Mickey Rooney is just terrific as Quinn's loyal handler (and an ex-prizefighter himself) who quickly sees through all of Gleason's schemes to keep Quinn in the ring for his own personal gain; and Julie Harris as the lonesome social worker who takes pity on Quinn and tries to get him employed away from ringside perils. The blooming MARTY (1955)-ish romance between Quinn and Harris is perhaps a bit too good to be true and occurs rather too suddenly for this cynical viewer but it does not in any way detract from the film's stifling recreation of the seamy ambiance –strikingly similar to that of THE HUSTLER (1961), also featuring Jackie Gleason – aided in no small measure by Arthur J. Ornitz's noir-ish lighting and Laurence Rosenthal's jazzy score, not to mention the appearance of real-life boxing pros such as Cassius Clay (playing himself as one of Quinn's ringside opponents) and Jack Dempsey.

Ralph Nelson was an erratic director with pretensions: I've watched 8 of his films so far and a few more have been numerous times on TV – FATHER GOOSE (1964), ONCE A THIEF (1965), THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) – so I guess I should make an extra effort now to catch them the next time they're on; REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, while actually his debut film, remains possibly his most satisfying work all round and deservedly earned him a nod from the Directors' Guild of America.

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