Based on Rod Serling’s 1956 teleplay, the version of Requiem of a Heavyweight that we have decided to go with is the Anthony Quinn 1962 film. Quinn, plays Luis “Mountain” Rivera, who like so many of our Veteran’s Candidate boxing films, finds us looking at a boxer at the end of his career.
He may be at the end of his career, but what a way to start to the film! We see him at the receiving end of punches from Cassius Clay (playing himself) and learn that his weasel of a manager bet significant money on his client to defeat Clay (or so we thought) causing him to be in debt to the mob, and having Rivera denigrate himself to become “Big Chief Mountain Rivera” in the Professional Wrestling racket to bail him out. Watching Quinn punch may be painful to watch (I guess that explains the opening shot where we only see Clay punch) as he does not look like a boxer, but since we well before the days if true method acting, we give Zorba a pass.
The Bullet Points:
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Why You Should Vote For Him:
Quinn was great and at his apex (in our opinion as an actor).
Why You Should Not Vote For Him:
With all due respect to Zorba, his punches didn’t look like they could break paper.