A remake of an episode from the US TV series Playhouse 90 (Requiem for a Heavyweight (1957)), broadcast live by the BBC in the UK. Jack Palance (the star of the original US broadcast) was unavailable for this version so a nationwide hunt was mounted to find a suitable replacement. The part eventually went to an unknown actor called Sean Connery. See more »
This was an incredibly moving production, performed live, with all the tension & electricity of an off-Broadway play watched from the first row. All the performances were peerless, you just never had a sense you were watching actors (as opposed to the satisfactory but much more "stagy" film). Way above & beyond all the others, though, was the presence of Jack Palance, an actor of immense (easily Shakespearean) sensitivity & grace who for once in his career was given a chance to show what tremendous depth & grace he possesses. I saw this show when I was in high school & was moved to my inner core & have never forgotten it. I will always consider Jack Palance one of the great actors of the 20th century.
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