BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)
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Requiem for a Heavyweight 

An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.





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Episode credited cast:
Mark Baker ...
1st Man
Joseph Bimstone ...
4th Fighter
Tom Bowman ...
2nd Man / 1st Fighter
Brenda Duncan ...
Maurice Durant ...
Mr. Arnold
Thomas Gallagher ...
2nd Fighter
Fred Goddard ...
3rd Man
Grace Carney
Fred Johnson ...
Gerald Lawson ...
Drunk (as Gerald C. Lawson)
Duncan Lewis ...
Sheila MacKenzie ...
George Margo ...
Maish Rennick


Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," and he slings punches anytime he hears a bell, but his trainer and 'cutman' Army, and Miss Miller, a manipulative social worker, support his illusion that he could be a movie usher, a camp counselor, or a romantic partner for Miller. But his manager Maish Rennick, knowing the truth, can't admit that he's bet everything he had that Rivera wouldn't go four rounds against Clay. Maish will pay with his life when the goon squad comes to collect if he can't persuade Rivera to abandon his pride ("I fought 111 fights and never took a dive") and agree to a wrestling contract of which he's ashamed. When Maish blurts out his secret, Rivera realizes that walking out on the deal is not an option. To save the neck of the man who's betrayed him, he embraces the ... Written by synergistic

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31 March 1957 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Rakoff originally wanted Jack Palance to reprise his role as McClintock but his agent contacted him to tell him that a better role had become available and he didn't want to come to England. See more »


Remake of Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) See more »

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