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Cut man Army (Mickey Rooney), washed-up boxer Mountain Rivera (Anthony Quinn), and his manager Maish Rennick (Jackie Gleason)
Cut man Army (Mickey Rooney), washed-up boxer Mountain Rivera (Anthony Quinn), and his manager Maish Rennick (Jackie Gleason)

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Category: Drama, SportsNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Sports, DramaRuntime: 86 - 95 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Ralph NelsonStars: Jackie Gleason, Anthony Quinn, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, Val Avery, Stanley Adams, Jack Dempsey, Madame SpivyAward details: (details at IMDb)

Requiem for a Heavyweight was a teleplay written by Rod Serling and produced for the live television show Playhouse 90 on 11 October 1956. Six years later, it was adapted as a 1962 feature film starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney. The teleplay won a Peabody Award, the first given to an individual script, and helped establish Serling's reputation. The broadcast was directed by Ralph Nelson and is generally considered one of the finest examples of live television drama in the United States, as well as being Serling's personal favorite of his own work. Nelson and Serling won Emmy Awards for their work.

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