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Requiem for a Heavyweight

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Ralph Nelson

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About the Movie

Adapted from Rod Sterling's teleplay, "Requiem for a Heavyweight" stars Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris. It tells the story of a prizefighter who eventually falls into the world of professional wrestling. Muhammad Ali (billed as Cassius Clay) has a small role as a fighter.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A serious incisive drama that pulls no punches in its low-keyed exposure of its pitiable has been hero and the sleazy, harried sidekicks who share his sweat-stained and blood-stained world. – A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Dec 18, 2013

Fresh: It still packs considerable punch as a character study, although its action has slowed to where the plot padding is often obvious. – Variety Staff, Variety, Dec 18, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Requiem for a Heavyweight

A brilliant, heart wrenching character study of a broken man. As a life long boxing fan I found the opening minutes of this film difficult to watch. After a match is over you don't see the aftermath for the loser. This film captures defeat and all it's sorrow. Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, and Julie Harris are outstanding.

Requiem for a Heavyweight
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2002

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