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Requiem for a Heavyweight

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Original title
Requiem for a Heavyweight
Year
Running time
93 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Rod Serling
Music
Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography
Arthur J. Ornitz
Cast
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Producer
Columbia Pictures
Genre
Drama | Sports. Boxing
Synopsis / Plot
Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," and he slings punches anytime he hears a bell, but his trainer and 'cutman' Army, and Miss Miller, a manipulative social worker, support his illusion that he could be a movie usher, a camp counselor, or a romantic partner for Miller. But his manager Maish Rennick, knowing the truth, can't admit that he's bet everything he had that Rivera wouldn't go four rounds against Clay. Maish will pay with his life when the goon squad comes to collect if he can't persuade Rivera to abandon his pride ("I fought 111 fights and never took a dive") and agree to a wrestling contract of which he's ashamed. When Maish blurts out his secret, Rivera realizes that walking out on the deal is not an option. To save the neck of the man who's betrayed him, he embraces the humiliating role of wrestling as "Big Chief Mountain Rivera," and the illusion of comeraderie among the three men is gone forever.
Awards
1962: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
1962: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
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