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Well played by Anthony Quinn and Jackie Gleason.
Once in the changing room we learn that Mountain is all washed up, after 17 years in the ring, one more well placed punch to the head could blind him, permanently.
I'm at a loss to explain why this brilliant film is not universally recognized as one of the great movies ever made.
...I've found it to be an exceptional movie, nonetheless. There is a short scene Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), and Gleason and the others do the film justice.
It is dark. Read more
Staggering performance by Anthony Quinn as washed-up fighter Mountain Rivera. As in Lawrence of Arabia, Quinn's appearance is so dramatically altered that it is hard to believe... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Ed Brodow
This is a very good movie with many good dramatic scenes. It deserves a higher rating but, unfortunately this is a badly edited and chopped down version of a great film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dhart
I love this move,and the depiction of Jackie Gleason is very dramatic. Anthony Quinn was superb in this movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna Weigel
Rod Serling's REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (1962), stars Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Annie Van Auken
this was a movie I saw when I was a youngster. the memory of Anthony Quinn going into the wrestling ring is indelible and an indictment of the sweet science, but hey back in those... Read morePublished 8 months ago by doc
ONCE AGAIN NO F WORDS...AND THEY STILL GOT THE MESSAGE ACROSS..AND TO SEE A YOUNG MICKY ROONEY AND A YOUNG QUINN AND BEST OF ALL GLEASONPublished 9 months ago by Mary C Ladner