Requiem for a Heavyweight Movie Review Summary

Actors: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris

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REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT was based on a script by Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone) and directed by Ralph Nelson in 1962.
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Luis 'Mountain' Rivera has once been considered as one of the five best heavyweight American boxers. Now, some ten years later, opposed to Cassius Clay, he loses by K.O. in the 7th round. The doctor tells Maish Rennick, Rivera's manager, that Rivera is through with boxing and that another fight could make him blind. Rivera starts to look for a job and makes the acquaintance of Grace Miller, a woman working in an employment agency.

Rennick, who bet against Rivera for the Cassius Clay fight because he was sure that his aging boxer won't last more than four rounds, is now broke. Furthermore, he is threatened by Ma Greeny and her gang, who also lost a lot of money because of Rennick's advice. Fearing for his life, Rennick would like to convince Rivera to enter the wrestling circuit. The old champion who, thanks to Grace Miller's help, has the opportunity to get a job as a childen instructor, doesn't understand why Rennick, who has always been like a father to him, wants him to make a fool of himself on a wrestling ring.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Kind of sports story:    -   boxing Sports story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   boxing Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   sports arena

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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