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Adrian (Character)
from Rocky (1976)

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Rocky (1976)
Adrian: Why do you wanna fight?
Rocky: Because I can't sing or dance.

[Adrian is trying to get to Rocky in the ring]
Rocky: Adrian!
Adrian: Rocky!
Rocky: Adrian!
Adrian: Rocky!
Rocky: Adrian.
Adrian: Rocky.

[the 15th and final round of the fight has ended; reporters climb into the ring for interviews]
Fight Announcer: [interviews Rocky] It was chaos. Rocky, you went the distance. You went the 15 rounds. How do you feel?
Rocky: All right!
Fight Announcer: What were you thinking about when that buzzer sounded?
Rocky: [yelling] Adrian!
Fight Announcer: What were you thinking when the 15th...
Rocky: What? Adrian!
Rocky: Rocky? Rocky?
Jergens: [taking the mic] Ladies and Gentlemen, your attention, please.
Adrian: Rocky? Rocky!
Jergens: Tonight, we have had the privilege of witnessing the greatest exhibition of guts and stamina in the history of the ring!
Rocky: Adrian!
Adrian: Rocky. Rocky!
Jergens: [reads the results] Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a split decision.
[Jergens continues; indistinct]
Rocky: ADRIAN!
Adrian: Rocky!
Jergens: ...for Creed!
[audience cheers]

[Last lines; Adrian snuck inside the ring]
Rocky: Adrian! Adrian!
Adrian: Rocky!
Rocky: Adrian!
Adrian: Rocky!
Rocky: Hey, where's your hat?
Adrian: I love you!
Rocky: I love you.
Adrian: [grabs and hugs Rocky] I love you!
Rocky: [out of breath] I love you. I love you.
Adrian: I love you!
Rocky: I love you. I love you.
Adrian: I love you!

Adrian: [just before the big fight] I'll be here waiting for you.
Rocky: How 'bout I stay here and you fight?

Adrian: Is this you?
Rocky: Yeah, that's me when I was eight years old, that's the Italian Stallion when he was a baby.

Rocky: I can't do it.
Adrian: What?
Rocky: I can't beat him.
Adrian: Apollo?
Rocky: Yeah. I been out there walkin' around, thinkin'. I mean, who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league.
Adrian: What are we gonna do?
Rocky: I don't know.
Adrian: You worked so hard.
Rocky: Yeah, that don't matter. 'Cause I was nobody before.
Adrian: Don't say that.
Rocky: Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood.

Adrian: Paulie, it's Thanksgiving. I got a turkey in the oven.
Paulie: Oh... a turkey in the oven.
[he takes the turkey out]
Paulie: You want the bird?
[he throws it out the door]
Paulie: Go in the alley and eat the bird!
Adrian: [disgusted] Oh Paulie!

[Paulie overhears Rocky and now he's angry and hurt]
Paulie: I don't want nothin' from you. I don't want nothin' from you. This ain't no charity case. Get outta my house.
Adrian: It's not just your house.
Paulie: [to Rocky] You ain't no friend no more. Get outta my house, I just says.
Adrian: Don't talk to him like that.
Paulie: Both of you get out of my house.
Rocky: Yo... It's cold outside, Paulie.
[drops his hat; getting angrier, Paulie grabs his bat]
Paulie: I don't want you messin' her, and I don't raise you to go with this scum bum! Yeah? Come on! You wanna hit on me? Come on! I'll break both your arms so they don't work for ya!
[Paulie smashed a lamp, then a dinner tray; Adrian screams]
Paulie: [Screaming] That's right! I'm not good enough to meet with Gazzo...
[spits]
Paulie: - that's what I think of Gazzo! Now your a big-shot fighter on your way up, you don't even throw a crumb to your friend Paulie! When I go out and get your meat every morning! You forgot that! Then I even give you my sister, too!
Adrian: Only a pig would say that!
Paulie: I'm a pig? A pig gives you the best?
Paulie: [Smashes a coffee set] You're such a loser! I don't get married because of you! You can't live by yourself! I put you two together! And you - don't you forget it! You owe me! You owe me!
Adrian: [Freaks out] WHAT DO I OWE YOU?
Paulie: [cries] You're supposed to be good to me.
Adrian: WHAT DO I OWE YOU, PAULIE? WHAT DO I OWE YOU? I treat you good! I cook for you! I cleaned for you! I pick up your dirty clothes! I take care of ya, Paulie! I don't owe you nothin'! And you made me feel like a loser! I'M NOT A LOSER!

[Rocky and Adrian watching a Christmas movie in the house]
Adrian: And he called the reporters?
Rocky: Yeah. It threw my whole training schedule off.
Adrian: Don't be mad at him. He's just trying to help.
Rocky: Adrian, I ain't mad. It's just that, uh, when a reporter's around, I get out of joint 'cause they take cheap shots, and Paulie knows that. Paulie keeps askin' me for a job all the time, but he don't know nothin' about fighting.
Adrian: Are you gonna say anything to him?
Rocky: Well, what's to say? I just don't know what he wants from me.

Paulie: You're busted!
Adrian: What?
Paulie: You're not a virgin!
[Adrian sobbing]
Paulie: You let him get into your pants! She's busted!
[Rocky grabs Paulie; screams, then sobs]
Paulie: [cries] I can't haul meat no more.

Adrian: You want a roommate?
Rocky: Absolutely.

Adrian: Einstein flunked out of school, twice.
Paulie: Is that so?
Adrian: Yeah. Beethoven was deaf. Helen Keller was blind. I think Rocky's got a good chance.

Rocky: Hey... you know how I said that stuff on TV didn't bother me none?
Adrian: Yeah?
Rocky: It did.

[last lines]
Adrian: I love you.
Rocky: I love you.

Rocky: [Rocky is trying to make out with Adrian on their first date] Will you do me a favor? Take off these glasses.
[Rocky takes off Adrian's frumpy glasses, revealing her beautiful eyes]
Rocky: Now take off this hat.
[Takes off her unattractive hat, revealing her dark, lovely hair. Adrian is beautiful and Rocky is appreciative]
Rocky: I always knew you was pretty...
Adrian: [Adrian looks at him, disbelieving] Stop teasing me.

Adrian: It's Thanksgiving.
Rocky: Yeah, to you it's Thanksgiving; to me it's Thursday.


Rocky II (1979)
[Rocky, completely tired, exhausted, and in tears of happiness, makes a victory speech to the whole world]
Rocky Balboa: Excuse me. I can't believe this has happened. I can't. And I just wanna say thanks to Apollo for fighting me. Apollo. I wanna thank Mickey, for training me.
Fan from the Arena: We love ya, Rock!
Rocky Balboa: Yea, I love yous too. I just also wanna thank God. Except for my kid bein' born, this is the greatest night in the history of my life. I just wanna say one thing to my wife who's home: YO, ADRIAN! I DID IT!
Adrian: [crying in happiness] I love you. I love you.

[an exhausted Rocky lands a knockout punch at Apollo but sends them both falling onto the ring]
Adrian: [shocked] Oh!
Referee: One! Two!
Bill Baldwin: If he gets up, Creed will regain the title! If neither of them gets up, it's a draw and Creed will win the title automatically! The count...
Referee: Four...
Duke: [calling to Apollo] Get up, my Man!
Mickey: GET ON YOUR FEET!
Adrian: [whispers] Get up.
Referee: [Pandemonium in the stadium grows] Six! Seven!
Paulie: [Screams] Get up!
Referee: Eight!
Mary Anne Creed: GET UP!
Referee: Nine...
[Apollo collapses; Mary Anne moans]
Referee: [Rocky at the last second stands up] TEN! YOU'RE OUT!
[Paulie and Adrian screams in happiness; Mickey yells]
Bill Baldwin: He made it at the last second! Rocky Balboa has shocked the world! He is the new heavyweight champion of the world!

Adrian: There's one thing I want you to do for me.
Rocky Balboa: What's that?
Adrian: Win...
Adrian: Win!

Rocky Balboa: You know, I never knew you were so light, you know.
Adrian: No?
Rocky Balboa: No. If I did, I would've carried you everywhere.

Adrian: We really don't need a car.
Rocky Balboa: Oh, come on, Adrian. I'm gonna be doing commercials. Now, I can afford this, you know? No problem.
Adrian: Do you know how to drive?
Rocky Balboa: Do I know how to drive?
Adrian: Do you know how to drive?
Rocky Balboa: I'm one of the greats. Are you kidding? C'mon, I'll drive you. Let me put you inside the car. This will just be like Cinderella and the pumpkin, you know?
Adrian: Do you know how to drive?
Rocky Balboa: Do I know how to drive? I drive airplanes and bulldozers. I'll drive you crazy if you give me a chance. You know what I mean?
[Chuckles]

[At the wedding of Rocky and Adrian]
Father Carmine: [Speaking Italian] Rocky Balboa, do you take Adrian Ponino to be your lawfully wedded wife?
Rocky Balboa: Yeah. Absolutely. Yes.
Father Carmine: [Speaking Italian] Adrian Ponino, do you take Rocky Balboa to be your lawfully wedded husband?
Adrian: I do.
Rocky Balboa: Thanks.
Father Carmine: [Speaking Italian] Then by the powers vested in me by the State of Pennsylvania, I now pronounce you man & wife.
Father Carmine: [in English] You may kiss the bride now.
Rocky Balboa: I gotta take this off.
[Rocky draws Adrian's veil back; kisses her]
Father Carmine: Go in peace, and God bless you.
Rocky Balboa: Thanks, Father. You done real good. I'm proud of you. Okay, things are gonna be great.

Adrian: You think it'll always be like this?
Rocky Balboa: Yeah.
Adrian: I hope you...
Rocky Balboa: What?
Adrian: ...you never get tired of me.
Rocky Balboa: [whispers] Oh, no. You ain't never getting rid of me.
Adrian: I hope nothing changes.
Rocky Balboa: [whispers] I ain't changing and I sure ain't never changing nothing about you.
Adrian: I love you.
Rocky Balboa: I love you, too.
Adrian: I love you.
[they kiss for a few minutes, then stare into each other's eyes briefly, then kiss some more]

Adrian: If he goes blind, Paulie, you walk away; I love him, you don't!

Rocky Balboa: [reading aloud from a book, slowly] "'It's no time to cuss me,' snarled the robber. 'By God, fellas, grab your rifles and take color... cover.'" How's that sound?
Adrian: It's good.
Rocky Balboa: Yeah?
Adrian: Mmmhmm.
Rocky Balboa: Ya know, bein' a good reader's gonna help me get a good office job, ya know. Wanna hear some more?
Adrian: I can't wait.
Rocky Balboa: OK. "'There ain't no cover, Smokey,' said Brad Lincoln. 'We better head for the canyon.'"
Adrian: You read nice.
Rocky Balboa: Thank you. You lie nice!
Adrian: Thank you.
[they both chuckle]


Rocky III (1982)
Rocky Balboa: How did you get so tough?
Adrian: I live with a fighter.

[Adrian, deeply concerned, walks towards Rocky on the beach]
Adrian: Can I talk to you? I wanna ask you something important, and I want you to tell me the truth.
Rocky Balboa: What?
Adrian: Why'd you come here?
Rocky Balboa: I just don't want it no more.
Adrian: If it's over because you want it to be over, I'm glad.
Rocky Balboa: I do.
Adrian: It's just... you never quit anything since I known you.
Rocky Balboa: I don't know what you want me to say. I mean, what happened? How did everything that was so good get so bad?
Adrian: What's so bad? Tell me, what?
Rocky Balboa: I wrecked everything by not thinking for myself. I mean, why couldn't Mickey tell me where I really at right from the start? He didn't have to carry me and lie to me and make me think I was better than I really was when I wasn't.

[a special, surprise gathering is being held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; A high school band finished playing "Gonna Fly Now"; citizens applauses]
Mayor: Thank you. Thank you, One and all. Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream. On behalf of all the citizens of Philadelphia, and the many who have been touched by your accomplishments and your untiring participation in this city's many charity functions, it is with tremendous honor that we present this memorial which will stand always as a celebration to the indomitable spirit of Man. Philadelphia salutes its favorite son, Rocky Balboa!
[Fans cheer and applause; unveils the bronze statue of The Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa; cheering grows louder]
Adrian: It's beautiful.
Mickey: Definitely a thing of beauty.
[Fans cheering "Rocky"]
Rocky Balboa: Thank you.
[clear throat]
Rocky Balboa: Thank you very much. I don't know. Wh-What do ya say to something like this? About three years ago... this city... really took me inside, you know? And I want to thank you very much for that. I really do. And I've been thinking that, uh, I wasn't gonna bring this up, but I might as well now. I would never do anything to hurt this sport that has been so really good to me. And I've been talking it over with my wife... and my manager... We think that...
[Confused]
Rocky Balboa: It's really hard to say this. I feel like, well... I thinking maybe it's time that I should, uh, step down maybe and... retire.

[a special, surprise gathering is being held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; A high school band finished playing "Gonna Fly Now"; citizens applauses]
Mayor: Thank you. Thank you, One and all. Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream. On behalf of all the citizens of Philadelphia, and the many who have been touched by your accomplishments and your untiring participation in this city's many charity functions, it is with tremendous honor that we present this memorial which will stand always as a celebration to the indomitable spirit of Man. Philadelphia salutes its favorite son, Rocky Balboa!
[Fans cheer and applause; unveils the bronze statue of The Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa; cheering grows louder]
Adrian: It's beautiful.
Mickey: Definitely a thing of beauty.
[Fans cheering "Rocky"]
Rocky Balboa: Thank you.
[clear throat]
Rocky Balboa: Thank you very much. I don't know. Wh-What do ya say to something like this? About three years ago... this city... really took me inside, you know? And I want to thank you very much for that. I really do. And I've been thinking that, uh, I wasn't gonna bring this up, but I might as well now. I would never do anything to hurt this sport that has been so really good to me. And I've been talking it over with my wife... and my manager... We think that...
[Confused]
Rocky Balboa: It's really hard to say this. I feel like, well... I thinking maybe it's time that I should, uh, step down maybe and... retire.

[Thunderlips is holding Rocky in the air; calls to the audience]
Thunderlips: [yells] No one can believe the superhuman strength of Thunderlips! I am the Man!
Mickey: Stop him, will -
[a heart attack occurs]
Thunderlips: You want this punching bag?
Rocky Balboa: Adrian!
Adrian: Rocky!
Thunderlips: THEN YOU GOT HIM!
Rocky Balboa: [Screaming] CATCH ME!
[Tunderlips tosses Rocky out of the ring into the audience]

Adrian: ...you gotta want to do it for the right reasons. Not for the guilt over Mickey, not for the people, not for the title, not for money or me, but for you. Just you. Just you alone.
Rocky Balboa: And if I lose?
Adrian: Then you lose. But at least you lose with no excuses, no fear. And I know you can live with that.


Rocky V (1990)
Adrian: Rocky! Put on your coat. Just put on your coat. Come on it's not worth it.
Rocky Balboa: Naw, Adrian it is worth it. He's just confused.
Adrian: Rock, do you see what's happ...
Rocky Balboa: [Interrupting] Yeah I do see he's twisted around by Duke.
Adrian: No, come on it's you, it's you, it's not him. You can't live backwards. Come on, you can't turn back the clock, 'cause we live now, we live here.
Rocky Balboa: Hey Adrian I know where we live, what do you think, I'm stupid? I'm not as dumb as you think I am. You don't think I can smell it? I see where we are. Adrian, I don't want this no more! I want something good for the family, I don't want this! I don't want this! Adrian did I come back here and get my brains beat out for these guys to say 'Hey there goes Balboa just another bum from the neighborhood!' I didn't want this!
Adrian: No, come on, nobody says that!
Rocky Balboa: I'm sayin' it Adrian! I'm sayin' this! I'm sayin' this! When that kid was in the ring, you know, what was I doin'? I was winnin'. When he was winnin', I was winnin'.
Adrian: You were winning?
Rocky Balboa: Yeah it was, it was like my last chance at getting some respect for us you know that?
Adrian: I respect you, I respect you!
Rocky Balboa: [Interrupting] You can't respect me!
Adrian: I do respect you!
Rocky Balboa: No you can't!
Adrian: I do! All those beatings you took in the ring, I took them with you! I know how you feel! I know when somebody like Tommy comes along you feel alive! But he's not you - he doesn't have your heart! All those fighters you beat, you beat 'em with heart not muscle! That's what Mickey knew, that's why you and Mickey were special, but Mickey's dead! If there's something you wanna pass on, pass it on to your son! For God's sake your son is lost! He needs you! I know Tommy makes you feel great, he makes you feel like you're winning again but you're losing us! Rocky, you're losing your family!

Adrian: All those beatings you took in the ring, I took them with you! I know how you feel! I know when somebody like Tommy comes along, you feel alive. But he's not you, he doesn't have your heart! All those fighters you beat, you beat them with heart, not muscle. That's what Mickey knew, that's why Mickey and you were special. But Mickey's dead! If there's something that you want to pass on, pass it on to your son! For God's sakes, your son is lost! He needs you! I know Tommy makes you feel great-he makes you feel like you're winning again. But you're losing us! Rocky, you're losing your family!

Adrian: He's done! He's done fighting!
George W. Duke: [to Rocky] You a damned fool! Maybe we ought to sign Mrs. Balboa to fight Cane, huh? Looks like she's the only one with the cajones in this family.

Rocky Balboa: Well, maybe I'll take you upstairs and violate you like a parking meter.
Adrian: It'll cost you a quarter.


Rocky IV (1985)
Adrian: Rocky?
Rocky: Yeah?
Adrian: You alright?
Rocky: Yeah I'm fine
Adrian: Why'd you do it?
Rocky: I just gotta do what I gotta do.
Adrian: You don't have to do anything
Rocky: No, Adrian, I do and I gotta leave this place too.
Adrian: So where are you going?
Rocky: They said they're gonna let me train in Russia and I just want to be somewhere where I ain't gonna think about nothing except him.
Adrian: Rocky, give it some time. Don't do this a lot of people live with hurt.
Rocky: A lot of people don't have a choice, Adrian, I do.
Adrian: And for that you're willing to lose everything?
Rocky: Adrian this isn't everything. The house, the cars and everything we got. That ain't everything. There's a lot more than this, Adrian.
Adrian: Before there were reasons to fight I could understand but I don't understand this. Even if you win what have you won, Apollo's still gone. Why can't you change your thinking everybody else does?
Rocky: Cause I'm a fighter! That's how I'm made, Adrian. That's what you married. We can't change what we are.
Adrian: [Softly] Yes you can.
Rocky: We can't change anything, Adrian. All we can do is just go with what we are.
Adrian: You can't go with what you are you've read the papers, it's suicide! You've seen him you know how strong he is! YOU CAN'T WIN!
Rocky: Oh, Adrian. Adrian always tells the truth. No maybe I can't win. Maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he's got. But to beat me he's gonna have to kill me, and to kill me he's gotta have the guts to stand in front of me, and to do that he's gotta be willin to die himself. I don't know if he's ready to do that. I don't know. I don't know.

Apollo: [In the dining room] His just an amateur, his big and stronger but his clumsy I know I can beat him
Adrian: Why do you want to fight him?
Apollo: Let's just say it's something I believe in
Adrian: [to Rocky Jr] Go finish your homework
Rocky Jr.: Ok, later dad later uncle Paulie later Apollo.
Paulie: [to as he Rocky Jr. leaves] later big man
Paulie: Don't you think people expect Rocky to whack this bum out first?
Apollo: Yeah and he will this is just an exhibition bout, its kids' stuff
Adrian: What's the purpose? What's it worth getting hurt at this point in your life?
Adrian: I don't want that chump coming over here with all that hype, they're trying to make us look bad, they tried every other way, with Rock's help we'd get great media coverage and make them look bad for a change
Adrian: I think it's wrong
Apollo: No it's never been right
Adrian: You're a great fighter but you've been retired for nearly five years don't you think it's time to start thinking about something else? How much more can you take? Either of you?