Requiem For A Heavyweight

Overview

Ralph Nelson brought Rod Serling's television play Requiem for a Heavyweight to the big screen. That film comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to trailers. This is a fine ...
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Overview

Ralph Nelson brought Rod Serling's television play Requiem for a Heavyweight to the big screen. That film comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to trailers. This is a fine release from Columbia TriStar.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English (Mono); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese; Bonus trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

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Six years after helming the Emmy-winning television play Requiem for a Heavyweight, experienced stage director Ralph Nelson successfully remade Rod Serling's heart-rending boxing tale for the big screen. As the fighter at the end of his career, Anthony Quinn is superb in the role originally played by Jack Palance. Quinn was at the height of his talents and popularity in the wake of The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and his stoic work in Requiem dovetails well with his other performances. As the disreputable manager, Jackie Gleason turns in a performance every bit as good as his work in 1961's The Hustler; Julie Harris, best known as Abra in East of Eden (1955), is also very good as the kindly social worker. Requiem rests comfortably near the top of the boxing-drama genre, beside such stellar examples as Body and Soul (1947), Champion (1949), and Raging Bull (1980).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 043396083387
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,793

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Mountain Rivera
Jackie Gleason Maish Rennick
Mickey Rooney Army
Julie Harris Grace Miller
Stanley Adams Perelli
Muhammad Ali Ring Opponent
Madame Spivy Ma Greeny
Herbie Faye Bartender
Steve Belloise Hotel Desk Clerk
Lou Gilbert Ring doctor
Arthur Mercante Referee
Val Avery
Rory Calhoun
Jack Dempsey Himself
Stan Ross
Abe Simon
Michael Conrad
Technical Credits
Ralph Nelson Director
John Boxer Costumes/Costume Designer
Francis J. Brady Set Decoration/Design
Michael Hertzberg Asst. Director
Carl Lerner Editor
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
Rod Serling Screenwriter
Burr Smidt Art Director
David Susskind Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Winner by a Knockout
3. 17 Years of Cuts
4. "I Lost a Boy Tonight"
5. "You Gotta Quit"
6. The Heat Is on
7. Ma Greeny
8. Employment Opportunites
9. Too Big for the Job
10. N.Y. State Employment Service
11. The Gin Game
12. Seller of Souls
13. A Hell of a Sport
14. Grace of His Heart
15. Perelli
16. "I'm No Stumble Bum!"
17. Miss Miller Calls
18. A Couple of Belts
19. Jack Dempsey's Bar
20. Her Only Child
21. Lost on the 10th Floor
22. A Great Deal to Talk About
23. Grace Under Pressure
24. Chasing Ghosts
25. "Don't Wanna Be No Clown"
26. A Dirty, Stinking Fink
27. Hiawatha on the Warpath
28. Big Chief Mountain Rivera
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Trailers
      The Greatest
      Barabbas
   Scene Selections
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