Requiem for a Heavyweight is Emmy Award winner and Oscar-nominated director Ralph Nelson’s debut film. Nelson triumphantly re-imagines the equally stunning teleplay and befittingly earns a win from the Directors’ Guild of America. http://transcendfinejewellery.com/pages/our-blog
Requiem for a Heavyweight ponders the future of a boxer when he reaches the end of his career. It is an outstanding character study revolving around four characters and how they each cope with their grim existence. Boxing is merely a backdrop, the story is really about friendship, our priorities and the choices we make in life. This film pulls no punches, each actor is superb in his role. http://transcendfinejewellery.com/pages/our-blog
There are different versions of Requiem for a Heavyweight starring such notable leads as Jack Palance and Sean Connery in the lead role. Knowing what we know now about these violent contact sports, this film further shows how little is achieved by many and the destruction resulting after too many blows to the head. In a haunting, sad twist, a young Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) appears in the first scenes as one of Mountain’s opponents. http://transcendfinejewellery.com/pages/our-blog
The End of the Road for a Fighter Requiem for a Heavyweight is a powerful film, a searing masterpiece that takes a heartbreaking look at the seamy, corrupt world of professional low level boxing. This is a feature film version superbly realized by master writer Rod Serling from his remarkable 1956 Playhouse 90 teleplay. Rod Serling is best known for the Twilight Zone and for writing the screenplay for such film gems as Patterns (1956) and Planet of the Apes (1968).
Mickey Rooney says goodbye to his teen idol persona in what might well be his finest performance as the devoted but world-weary sidekick/cutman, Army. Working in the only game he knows, Army is Mountain’s loyal handler, his protector and everybody’s conscience. An old fighter himself, Army also sports the battle scars on his face. He has only Mountain’s best interests at heart … http://transcendfinejewellery.com/pages/our-blog
David Raksin (1912-2004) came to Hollywood to orchestrate and arrange for Charlie Chaplin on Modern Times; his lengthy career encompassed such classics as Laura and The Bad and the Beautiful. His dense, intellectual but beautifully intricate music pushed the boundaries of musical and cinematic expression and won him legions of admirers; he was also involved behind the scenes in composers' organizations, film music preservation and academia.