BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Requiem for a Heavyweight 

An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.


Alvin Rakoff


Rod Serling (teleplay)


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Episode credited cast:
Sean Connery ... Mountain McClintock
George Margo George Margo ... Maish Rennick
Warren Mitchell ... Army
Jacqueline Hill ... Grace Carney
Eric Pohlmann ... Parelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Baker Mark Baker ... 1st Man
Joseph Bimstone Joseph Bimstone ... 4th Fighter
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... 2nd Man / 1st Fighter
Michael Caine ... Fighter
Brenda Duncan Brenda Duncan ... Woman
Maurice Durant Maurice Durant ... Mr. Arnold
Thomas Gallagher Thomas Gallagher ... 2nd Fighter
Fred Goddard Fred Goddard ... 3rd Man
Fred Johnson ... Doctor
Gerald Lawson Gerald Lawson ... Drunk (as Gerald C. Lawson)


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 ... Written by synergistic

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Release Date:

31 March 1957 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Connery's first-ever lead TV performance. See more »


Remake of Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) See more »

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