Requiem for a Heavyweight
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 14, 2002
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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.

Variety Staff
Variety

It still packs considerable punch as a character study, although its action has slowed to where the plot padding is often obvious.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An all-time classic with Quinn giving one of the finest portrayals of his career. Gleason and Mickey Rooney are great in support.

Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A bittersweet drama about a burnt-out boxer who stumbles into the future following the dictates of his heart.

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