Requiem for a Heavyweight

78
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1962
  • Running time: 95 min
Fictional aging heavyweight Louis "Mountain" Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is felled by young Cassius Clay, the future Muhammad Ali, and finds his professional career over. His manipulative manager (Jackie Gleason) owes money on bets placed against Rivera,... read more
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Fictional aging heavyweight Louis "Mountain" Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is felled by young Cassius Clay, the future Muhammad Ali, and finds his professional career over. His manipulative manager (Jackie Gleason) owes money on bets placed against Rivera, and convinces him to become a wrestler. Humiliated by the notion, Rivera examines the few options available in the afterglow of a boxing career. Rivera is broken and battered, but he continues to have the support of his trainer (Mickey Rooney).

Original Release

10/16/1962

US Release

10/16/1962

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Cast

Anthony Quinn Louis 'Mountain' Rivera / Lewis 'Mountain' Rivera
Jackie Gleason Maish Rennick
Mickey Rooney Army
Julie Harris Grace Miller
Stanley Adams Perelli (as Stan Adams) / Perelli
Val Avery Young fighter's promoter
Madame Spivy Ma Greeny
Herbie Faye Charlie, the Bartender
Jack Dempsey Himself / Self
Muhammad Ali Self / Himself (as Cassius Clay)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ralph Nelson

Writers

Rod Serling

Cast

Anthony Quinn Louis 'Mountain' Rivera / Lewis 'Mountain' Rivera
Jackie Gleason Maish Rennick
Mickey Rooney Army
Julie Harris Grace Miller
Stanley Adams Perelli (as Stan Adams) / Perelli
Val Avery Young fighter's promoter
Madame Spivy Ma Greeny
Herbie Faye Charlie, the Bartender
Jack Dempsey Himself / Self
Muhammad Ali Self / Himself (as Cassius Clay)
Lou Gilbert Dr. Gilbert
Michael Conrad Ma Greeny's Thug
Rory Calhoun Himself / Self
Barney Ross
Alex Miteff
Gus Lesnevich
Willie Pep
Steve Belloise Hotel Desk Clerk
J.J. Ballargeon
Paoli Rossi

Producers

Editors

Carl Lerner

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