(1962)4Brendon HanleySix 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).