Requiem for a Heavyweight

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A remake of Rod Serling's award-winning teleplay, this movie proves to be equally powerful when undertaken by Anthony Quinn. Centering around a heavyweight boxer who is forced from the ring by a body that just can't take the punishment any more and a doctor's warning that blindness will result if he does keep fighting, circumstances conspire to cost him the last vestiges of his dignity. An excellent production with one of Quinn's best performances, ably assisted by Rooney and Gleason.

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  • 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.

    Dec 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It still packs considerable punch as a character study, although its action has slowed to where the plot padding is often obvious.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Anthony Quinn gets my vote as the actor of the year for his touching but unsentimentalized performance as a broken-down old boxer in Rod Serling's sombre drama.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A modest and admittedly sentimental film, beautifully acted, seems true to life-to people, anyway.

    Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 5, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

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