Requiem for a Heavyweight
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Requiem for a Heavyweight
One of the most memorable sports dramas because of its strong character development, Requiem for a Heavyweight is carried by Anthony Quinn as the washed-up boxer Mountain Rivera, and Jackie Gleason as his sleazy manager, Maish Rennick. In the opening scenes, Cassius Clay -- before he became Muhammad Ali -- knocks out Rivera in a stunning fight sequence. Rivera's career is over, and although his trainer Army (Mickey Rooney) and a social worker (Julie Harris) encourage him with vain hopes for an alternate career, the boxer's courage is stronger than his addled senses, a serious barrier… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Apesar das boas atuações de Rooney e Gleason, o filme apela demais para o melodrama e acaba soando de maneira excessivamente artificial - e a caricatural performance de Quinn não colabora muito para evitar isso."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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
"An all-time classic with Quinn giving one of the finest portrayals of his career. Gleason and Mickey Rooney are great in support."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The screenplay is as tight as a right hook from Cassius Clay (who, incidentally, appears here as himself two years before becoming Muhammad Ali) and drives effortlessly toward its somber, heartbreaking conclusion."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"A bittersweet drama about a burnt-out boxer who stumbles into the future following the dictates of his heart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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