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Requiem for a Heavyweight [DVD] [1962] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Anthony Quinn , Jackie Gleason , Ralph Nelson    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, Stanley Adams
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Writers: Rod Serling
  • Producers: David Susskind, Jack Grossberg
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063UQP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,843 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"There are only eight champions and everybody else is a loser."

If there had never been an earlier TV production of Requiem for A Heavyweight, this might possibly seem an even better film, but while it's a good look at the seamy underside of boxing it lacks the punch of the original. While Rod Serling is best remembered today for The Twilight Zone, he also wrote several great TV dramas in the age of live television, and Requiem for a Heavyweight, the first 90-minute live drama to air on US TV, was one of the best, with a truly incredible lead performance from Jack Palance that was one of the most talked about of its day. Unfortunately Palance didn't return for this big-screen version - and nor did Kim Hunter and Keenan Wynn - with original director Ralph Nelson getting a starrier cast in the form of Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris (as well as Cassius Clay and Jack Dempsey) for this belated remake six years later. They're all good and this tale of a boxer's journey to the bottom thanks to an exploitative manager works well despite Quinn seeming like he's been around a little too long to be quite that nave, but it's well worth seeking out the original on Criterion's Region 1 The Golden Age of Television set: this is very good, but that is great.

To make matters worse, the DVD release is also heavily cut by some 16 minutes from the original theatrical release version (as well as including a slightly different ending), and the scenes cut are anything but padding. No extras at all on the UK or US DVDs either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true classic 15 Aug 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
anthony quinn ,makes you believe he really was a boxer,now that really is acting,and mickey rooney deserves as much praise for his side kick role, very very good dvd,and to see cassius clay(mohamond ali) at 20 year,s of age in this 1962 film just two year,s after he won his olympic boxing gold medal in rome 1960 all adds to the greatness of this wonderful film
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Anthony's Best!! 3 Feb 2007
By Lisa
Format:DVD
In his autobiography, Anthony Quinn stated that this was one of his best films to date. I have to agree.

A deeply moving film, it quite honestly bought me to tears. Anthony's portrayal was not like many boxing movies. It was honest and told the story of a man who grew up doing what he loved best and knew nothing else. It showed how he put his trust in someone (Jackie Gleeson) only to have that trust thrown back in his face.

It always makes me wonder that if he had listened to what his heart told him. Would the sad outcome have been different?

For those that are, like me, a fan of Anthony's work and for those that have read his life story. It's astonishing just how the movies he made were very similair to the life he led. You'll see what I mean at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Boxing Film 2 Jun 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Interesting film. Anthony Quinn did it in the gap period while he was waiting for filming Lawrence of Arabia to continue. David Lean spoke to somebody as Quinn couldn't afford to just sit around doing nothing. Original was TV film I think with Jack Palance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Indictment 30 Nov 2006
Format:DVD
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 that time. It is not a classic boxing movie in the traditional sense but instead it is a film which focuses on the personal and social damage associated with a sordid business.

Anthony Quinn as a punchy heavyweight at the end of a long career and Jackie Gleason as his greedy, conniving manager are superb. Mickey Rooney is the boxer's trainer and Julie Harris is the employment counselor who tries to help Quinn make the transition to a life of boxing. There are cameo appearances by Cassius Clay and Jack Dempsey.

Ralph Nelson also directed some other good movies such as LILIES OF THE FIELD and FATHER GOOSE. The Oscar competition in 1962 had several strong contenders. REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT did not receive a single nomination in any category.
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