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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
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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
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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

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Money See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: Well it didn't bother you last week to stand up in that ring with your hands down at your sides for seven rounds and let Clay beat your brains out. That didn't bother you. It didn't bother you that I had every last nickel I have in the world up on the table saying that you wouldn't go four.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 3 February 1963 (1963) 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
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Ex-boxers in the cast
2 May 2009 | by serlingng-2See all my reviews

It's easy to pick out Jack Dempsey and Muhammed Ali, but there are many others in the cast. The movie fades in on a tracking shot running the length of a hotel bar, examining the faces of a bunch of retired boxers watching the Clay-Rivera fight on TV. In order of appearance: Alex Miteff (wearing a beret), Abe Simon (with an eyebrow bandage), Gus Lesnevich (holding a cigarette lighter), Steve Belloise (bald guy; he later plays the hotel bar desk clerk in a short exchange with Mickey Rooney), Rory Calhoun (black guy with a beer), Paolo Rossi (big Italian-looking guy with a beer), Willie Pep (wearing a fedora), and Barney Ross (the older guy in the suit, sweater, and tie).


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