This feature version of Rod Serling's memorable teleplay, theatrically released in 1962, was previously produced in 1956 for live television. The grim tale stars Anthony Quinn as a brain-damaged fighter suffering from too many years in the ring yet pushed into another and yet another punishing round by his corrupt manager (Jackie Gleason). Yearning for a life of his own, Quinn's burned-out hitter falls for a shy social worker (Julie Harris), while Gleason's small-timer tries fending off the pressures of truly bad guys who want the money he owes them. Directed by Ralph Nelson (who also made the TV version), this Requiem opens up into a powerful piece of social realism with the undercurrent of a cautionary fable. The characters are almost archetypal, the story never stops moving, the acting is superb (Mickey Rooney is very good as Quinn's reluctant trainer), and the ending is nightmarishly apt. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT serves as a powerful indictment of the sport of professional boxing. The film is marked by strong performances from some of the best actors available at... Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Peter Kenney
If the use of the word ï¿½Requiemï¿½ in the title doesnï¿½t give the game away, let me assure you that this superb film is as far removed from the wisecracking... Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by Paul Fogarty
This movie is one of the very few I have seen that I call truly heartwrenching. All of the main characters act out of complicated motives, and no one is wholly bad or good. Read morePublished on March 22 2003
"Requiem for a Heavyweight" is as much a film about boxing as "Taxi Driver" is about cab driving. Gloves are the departure point for the pummeling Anthony Quinn takes as he is... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by M. Auerbach
'Requiem for a Heavyweight' is not only one of the great forgotten boxing pictures, it's also one of those movies that has almost vanished. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by A. Wolverton
I submitted a review of this movie earlier today--"There Were Giants in Those Days."
This is meant as possible addendum to my review, if the review's okay. Read more