Requiem for a Heavyweight

1962

Drama / Sport

70
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 3,807

Synopsis


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Anthony Quinn as Louis 'Mountain' Rivera
Jackie Gleason as Maish Rennick
Michael Conrad as Ma Greeny's Thug
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23.976 fps
95 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by st-shot 8 / 10 / 10

Quinn Gives Knockout Performance in "Heavyweight"

The sport of professional boxing takes another beating in this tragic and powerful re-make of the Rod Serling Playhouse 90 teleplay. The film opens from the viewpoint of Mountain Rivera, a once ranked heavyweight, being pummeled by a youthful Cassius Clay. Rivera loses the fight, beaten so senseless that when asked where he is (NYC) he responds "I'm in Pittsburgh and its raining". When the the fight doctor examines him he makes it clear this broken down pug is all washed up. This puts his manager Maish in a bind since he bet Mountain wouldn't get past the fourth round with some thugs who also lost money because of his guarantee. Maish needs cash fast and the only way he can get it is to get his washed up fighter to wrestle. Rivera considers it degrading (remember it's 1962) and refuses. Requiem is top heavy with strong performances from its quartet of leads. Jackie Gleason as sleazy Maish is given more to work with here than his Oscar nominated Minnesota Fats. He's a desperate man, wracked with guilt but ready to sell out Mountain to stay breathing. Mickey Rooney gives probably his finest adult performance as Army, the trainer who has Mountain's best interest at heart. Julie Harris as the social worker assigned to find him employment seems incapable of giving anything less than solid performances in everything she does and she does not disappoint here. Then there is Anthony Quinn doing what he does best but this time with a battered machismo that's barely holding together. Body broken, dreams shattered, he is a combination of punchy and naive; a hulking gruesome monster, but still a child inside. His plight is uneasy to witness and Quinn in conveying it has never been better. Also deserving mention is night club owner and performer Madame Spivy playing Ma, the hood owed money. Dressed in a man's trench coat and hat she displays an offbeat menace with a clipped sardonic delivery that makes more than clear she is a woman not to be trifled with. Director Ralph Nelson keeps things claustrophobic and low lit to emphasize the grim existence of the characters far from the big paydays and glamor of pay per view in Vegas. Their futures seem about as bright as the dark rooms they live in and the empty deserted streets they walk. While it may not rank as one of the great fight films of all time,(unrestored cuts from the original print hamper the film's rhythm) Heavyweight's combination of excellent acting and story make it worth going the distance.

Reviewed by rupie 9 / 10 / 10

brilliant and devastating

I don't think I had ever seen this movie from beginning to end before but had the chance to do so when it came up recently on a cable channel. One feels, after watching it in its entirety, as one does after having listened to Mahler's 9th symphony - you are emotionally drained and devastated. The movie is Exhibit A in the prosecution's case that movies were better made in the past than today. It is impossible to imagine something this excellent being produced today. The movie makes no plays for cuteness or humor, and never seeks to soften its razor-sharp edges. It is grittily real from beginning to end. Actually, it surpasses reality, as all great art does, in letting us look starkly into the cruel realities of human existence. The acting is absolutely top-notch from all the leads. One is reminded that Jackie Gleason, after all the eye-popping excesses of "The Honetmooners" (as great as that series was, for what it was) was a truly superb actor. I cannot think of a movie in which Anthony Quinn surpassed himself in his role as Mountain Rivera - tough, beaten up, beaten down, loyal, honest and yet with a sensitive core deep within. Mickey Rooney shines just as brightly. The script is brilliant, economical, realistic, and revelatory of the characters; we forget just what a brilliant writer Rod Serling was. Of course one of the reasons the movie could not be made today is that it forgoes the obligatory happy ending (which was used, evidently, in the TV version); the movie follows its dark logic all the way to the final, devastating scene.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 9 / 10 / 10

Toppling A Mountain

Requiem for a Heavyweight is a great ensemble piece revolving around four characters. It's a tribute to the skill of Rod Serling's screenplay and the direction of Ralph Nelson that no one of them dominates the story. Anthony Quinn as Mountain Rivera has been given the final knockout by the New York State Athletic Commission after a fight with up and coming heavyweight, Cassius Clay. His eyes won't take too many more blows, so his license is being pulled. He's got to look for another line of work, but ring skills and a sixth grade education is all he has for the job market. If that wasn't enough, his manager Jackie Gleason made some bets and got some other gamblers to bet that Quinn wouldn't stand up more than three rounds under Clay's fists. The gamblers want their money. What to do, Gleason thinks he can get him a gig as a wrestler, but the idea of putting on an Indian suit offends his sensibilities. The whole thing offends Mickey Rooney who is Quinn's corner man and Julie Harris, an employment counselor, has different ideas all together for Quinn. It's a bitter thing for Quinn to not only learn he's through at the only thing he knows, but that his manager and friend doesn't even believe in him any more. The rest of the film is devoted to how all of the four of them will deal with a very bleak future. Julie Harris does not get too many comments, but she has an interesting role as a prim and sexually frustrated middle aged civil servant who sees in Quinn some kind of personal reclamation project. Her life however has not given her any perspective in dealing with the boxing game and the people in it. Gleason might have the bleakest future of all whether his gambling debts are paid or not. This is probably Jackie Gleason's best dramatic role and he's brilliant. For one thing he won't even have Mickey Rooney around who acts as everybody's conscience. Rooney is another ex-fighter who survives by tending to the cuts of competing pugilists and it's not something he likes, but something he does well and it keeps him in the only game he knows. It all gets resolved, but not to everyone's liking in the end. Requiem for a Heavyweight is a brilliant piece of acting about the underside of the fight game and the bleak future that a lot who survive it have.

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