7.9/10
3,523
59 user 18 critic

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 16 November 1962 (West Germany)
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Rod Serling (teleplay), Rod Serling
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Caravans (1978)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1948, at the U.S. embassy in Zadestan, a young diplomat is ordered to find the missing daughter of an influential U.S. Senator.

Director: James Fargo
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Michael Sarrazin, Christopher Lee
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Biography of the life of Aristotle Onassis, a Greek who rose to become one of the world's most wealthiest men, detailing his rise to power and unhappy marriages.

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Raul Julia, Jane Seymour, Anthony Quinn
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a US intelligence agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with turns out to be an old friend.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, James Mason
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Dennis Price
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The professional and romantic misadventures of an advertising executive in 1960s swinging London.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After his mistress is savagely beaten up a Mafia leader goes after the killer with a bloody vengeance. Soon after the hunt begins, a gang war ensues.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster
The Visit (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An unwed pregnant teenager is run out of town and years later she returns there as a rich woman, raising the town's expectations with her generosity, but she's only out for revenge.

Director: Bernhard Wicki
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn, Paolo Stoppa
The Magus (1968)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier, Oskar Werner
The 25th Hour (1967)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In WW2, a Romanian Gentile peasant is denounced by the village gendarme and sent to a concentration camp for Jews where, due to an error, he's drafted into the SS.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Virna Lisi, Grégoire Aslan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Louis 'Mountain' Rivera
Jackie Gleason ... Maish Rennick
Mickey Rooney ... Army
Julie Harris ... Grace Miller
Stanley Adams ... Perelli (as Stan Adams)
Madame Spivy Madame Spivy ... Ma Greeny
Val Avery ... Young fighter's promoter
Herbie Faye ... Charlie, the Bartender
Jack Dempsey ... Himself
Barney Ross Barney Ross
Alex Miteff Alex Miteff
Rory Calhoun Rory Calhoun ... Himself
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (as Cassius Clay)
Gus Lesnevich Gus Lesnevich
Willie Pep Willie Pep
Edit

Storyline

Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a life outside the ring, or will Maish find a way to exploit him one more time? Written by John Whorfin

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Unforgettable Four - From the fiery brilliance of four great stars comes a motion picture of guts and genius in the experience of a lifetime! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Money See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Stanley Adams (Perelli) was the only actor to reprise his role from Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956), though the character's name was spelled Pirelli in the television version. See more »

Goofs

Gleason's character is beaten up by goons in the beginning of the movie, but in what is suppose to be the next day, doesn't have a mark on him and is uninjured in any way. See more »

Quotes

Maish Rennick: I don't have to explain anything to anybody.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical release (@ 102 minutes) includes the following three segments which were removed from the VHS and DVD releases (both of which are approximately 86 minutes):
  • Following the fade on Ma Greeny's reaction shot as Maish is beaten in the boxing ring, there is a seven minute sequence in the hotel bar and adjacent alley: Maish asks Mountain if he has any money stashed away (to pay off Ma Greeny); Mountain recognizes and stops to help a bleeding, drunk fighter in the alley and gets into a fight with his scumbag promoter of illegal matches, which is broken up by Army and Maish, who rejects scumbag's idea of getting Mountain a wrestling career with Pirelli. Scene ends with Maish's clichés about the Three Musketeers and "Til death do us part" that reinforce the illusion that "Nobody jumps anybody in this group!"
  • A 1 minute 43 second transitional sequence after Mountain is rejected for the movie usher job shows him rejected as he tries to get a job on a moving van crew and as a sparring partner for a boxer who's training to fight Clay. Again he starts a fight after the boxer says, "I already got a punching bag!"
  • A 6 minute 27 second sequence after Maish's reaction shot in the stairway following his confrontation with Grace Miller. Pirelli is coaching Mountain in the gym to "make it look real!" Again Mountain starts punching his wrestling partner after his seriously injured eye is intentionally reinjured. Ma Greeny's goon squad warns Maish that he has till tomorrow to come up with the cash. And Ma Greeny tells Maish that "we're cutting out the middleman" and that Pirelli will pay her directly for Mountain's wrestling contract. Maish says, "I wish you weren't a woman," and Ma replies, "Maishy darling, that's the nicest thing anyone ever said to me!"
  • The VHS release adds an additional scene (@ 1 minute 11 seconds) which was cut from both the theatrical and DVD releases. [Since the DVD restores the original sequence at this point, and significantly changes the emotional focus of the ending, the DVD is preferable to the VHS release.] As Mountain ascends (both literally and figuratively) to the wrestling ring, the deleted scene has Maish warning the newbie who wants to sign a boxing contract replacing Mountain to "Go home!" instead of starting a career in which there are only eight champions and everybody else is a loser. The VHS also cuts medium shot in which the referree says, "Come on, Mountain, let's get this show on the road!" and, more significantly, the closeup in which Mountain makes the crucial decision to embrace his humiliation and starts his warwhoop dance around the ring.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
From poem written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley (1873)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Sung by Anthony Quinn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Stunning & Fantastic Portrayal of the Seedy Aspects of Pugilism!
6 March 2008 | by lawrence_elliottSee all my reviews

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.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 59 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed