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Mickey Goldmill (Character)
from Rocky (1976)

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Rocky III (1982)
Rocky Balboa: I said why you doin' this?
Mickey: Because you can't win, Rock! This guy will kill you to death inside of three rounds!
Rocky Balboa: You're crazy.
Mickey: What else is new?
Rocky Balboa: He's just another fighter.
Mickey: No, he ain't just another fighter! This guy is a wrecking machine! And he's hungry! Hell, you ain't been hungry since you won that belt.
Rocky Balboa: What are you talkin' about? I had ten title defenses.
Mickey: That was easy.
Rocky Balboa: What you mean, "easy"?
Mickey: They was hand-picked!
Rocky Balboa: Setups?
Mickey: Nah, they wasn't setups. They was good fighters, but they wasn't killers like this guy. He'll knock you to tomorrow, Rock!

Mickey: The worst thing that happened to you, that can happen to any fighter: you got civilized.

[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.

Rocky Balboa: What are you doing? I wanna fight this guy.
Mickey: Well, you got him. But you'll fight him without me.
Rocky Balboa: What are you saying?
Mickey: It's finished. Yes, I'm finished. I don't want no more of this. I don't want no more of it! You understand? None of it! It's over with!
[Mickey walks away from the crowd in frustration]
Clubber Lang: [Calling to Adrian; Smooth talks] Hey, Woman. Hey, Woman! Listen here. Since your old man ain't got no heart, maybe you like to see a real man. I bet you stay up late every night dreamin' you had a real man, don't ya? I'll tell you what. Bring your pretty little self over to my apartment tonight, and I'll show you a real man.
Rocky Balboa: [loses his temper completely; Screaming] You want it, you got it! YOU GOT IT!
[Both Rocky and Clubber taunt and yells; crowd clamors]
Rocky Balboa: [Screaming continues] I'll see you in the ring! You got it!

[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.

Mickey: [Mickey is not pleased with Rocky's exhibition match with Thunderlips] What's the matter with you? Why do you wanna fight this guy? Does anything normal go through your head?
Rocky Balboa: Nothing that I remember.
Mickey: I seen wrestlers as big as dinosaurs. You ever fought a dinosaur, kid?
Rocky Balboa: Not lately.
Mickey: They can inflict a variety of damage!

[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]

[Thunderlips makes his entrance into the arena]
Mickey: Let's get out of here.
Rocky Balboa: Aw, c'mon Mick, it's for charity.
Mickey: You're wearing your anatomy out for charity. Nobody else does this much for charity.
Rocky Balboa: Bob Hope would.
Mickey: [pause, nods] That's true.

LeRoy Neiman: [announcing the wrestling match] Now entering the ring, a man who calls himself the ultimate male, World Wrestling Champion, Thunderlips!
Rocky Balboa: [looking at Thunderlips] Wow, he's awful big. Hey, Mick, how much do you think he eats?
Mickey: About 202 pounds.
LeRoy Neiman: Weighing in at 202 pounds...
Mickey: [Mickey smiles and looks at Rocky]
Paulie: Hey, Rock; you better call Bob Hope.

[Crowd yelling/disapproves Rocky's choice to retire; Clubber appears in the crowd]
Clubber Lang: Getting out while you can? Don't give this sucker no statue. Give him guts! I told you I wasn't going away. You got your shot, now give me mine.
Mickey: [Telling Clubber to go away] Why don't you get the hell out of there?
Clubber Lang: Shut up, Old Man! I ain't goin' nowhere. Why don't you all these nice folks why you been duckin' me? Politics, man. This country want to keep me down. Keep everybody weak. They don't want me to have the title because I'm not a puppet like that fool up there.
Rocky Balboa: You know, you got a big mouth, you know?
Clubber Lang: Well, why don't you come down here and close it, Balboa? Come on. Come on.
Rocky Balboa: [turning cross] Anytime.
Mickey: This guy's crazy. Don't listen to him.
Clubber Lang: The little man don't wanna come to me. Then I'll come to you people to lay out the truth. I am ranked Number One. ONE! That means I'm the best! But this bum been taking the easy matches, fighting other bums. I'm telling you and everybody here, I'm fight him anywhere, anytime, for nothing.
[crowd shouting]
Clubber Lang: But you people ain't never gonna see that happen because he's gonna retire. You see, he don't fight no real man. He fights those setups.
Rocky Balboa: What?
Mickey: [yells] You're a disgrace to this sport!
Clubber Lang: [Screams] Shut up, Old Man! You don't know what I had to come from! Balboa, your family doin' real nice, ain't it, and you call yourself a fighter? Prove it now. Give me that same chance. The way you been duckin' is a disgrace. If he ain't no coward, why don't he fight me then?
Rocky Balboa: I can't listen to any more of this. Anytime you want...
Mickey: [extremely angry; Screams] I don't care what you're ranked! You don't get no shot AND I MEAN THAT!

Rocky Balboa: Why are you doing this?
Mickey: Because you can't win Rock. This guy will kill you to death in three rounds.

Rocky Balboa: [Preparing to fight Thunderlips] Hey Mick what do you think this guy eats?
Mickey: About 202 pounds.
Wrestling referee: [Introducing Rocky] ... Weighing in at 202 pounds...
[Rocky gives Mickey a look, and Mickey grins in response]

Rocky Balboa: Why'd you leave? Why'd you walk away like that?
Mickey: Life's too short, kid.
Rocky Balboa: Where you goin?
Mickey: I'm goin on a permanent vacation.
Rocky Balboa: What are you talkin about? We got one more fight.
Mickey: No, no, not me, you.
Rocky Balboa: Why you doin this?
[Mickey doesn't answer]
Rocky Balboa: I said why you doin this?
Mickey: Because you can't win, Rock! This guy'll kill you to death inside of three rounds!
Rocky Balboa: You're crazy!
Mickey: What else is new?
Rocky Balboa: He's just another fighter!
Mickey: No he ain't just another fighter. This guy is a wrecking machine and he's hungry! Hell, you ain't been hungry since you won that belt!
Rocky Balboa: Aw, what are you talking about I've had 10 title defenses?
Mickey: That was easy!
Rocky Balboa: What do you mean easy?
Mickey: They was hand picked!
Rocky Balboa: Set ups?
Mickey: Nah they wasn't set ups! They was good fighters but they wasn't killers like this guy. He'll knock you to tomorrow, Rock!
Rocky Balboa: Jeez, Mick. Why'd you do it?
Mickey: Because the beating that you got from Apollo should've killed you, kid. It didn't. It was my job to keep you winning and to keep you healthy.
Rocky Balboa: You really don't think I got nothing left do you?
Mickey: Well, Rock, let's put it this way. Now, three years ago you was supernatural. You was hard and you was nasty and you had this cast-iron jaw but then the worst thing happened to you, that could happen to any fighter. You got civilized. But don't worry kid. You know, presidents retire, horses retire, Man-o-war retired. They put him out to stud. That's what you should've done, retired.
Rocky Balboa: I can't retire knowing all this, Mick.

Rocky Balboa: [Mickey has revealed to Rocky the truth about his title defenses] Geez, Mick, why'd you do it?
Mickey: Because the beating ya got from Apollo shoulda killed ya, kid. It didn't. It was my job ta keep ya winnin', and ta keep ya healthy.

Mickey: [to orchestra playing the "Rocky" theme] Shut up back there, can't you? Change your tune.

Mickey: [as Rocky prepares to fight Thunderlips] Stay away! Make faces! Move around the ring! You got him, kid!

Mickey: [as Rocky makes the sign of the cross in his corner] I get nervous EVERY TIME he does that!

Paulie: [Thunderlips is walking to the ring] Why are they carrying him?
Mickey: He's walking.

Female fan: Excuse me. Could I get a kiss?
Rocky Balboa: Yeah, sure.
[the fan kisses him, but Mickey pushes her back]
Mickey: Get outta here! Will ya? This is like fighting in a zoo. This is a zoo, you know? Is that the way you train for Clubber? He ain't gonna kiss ya! He gonna kill ya! Ya know that?

Mickey: [to Rocky after watching all the pageantry at the gym] This is a house of ill repute!


Rocky II (1979)
Rocky Balboa: It's Apollo.
Mickey: Who were you expecting?
Rocky Balboa: I was hoping he wouldn't show

[During Rocky's retraining]
Mickey: You're gonna eat lightnin'; you're gonna crap thunder.

[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!

Mickey: This guy don't just want to win, you know. He wants to bury you, he wants to humiliate you, he wants to prove to the whole world that you was nothing but some kind of a... a freak the first time out.

Mickey: Hey Rock. It's three in the morning. I went up to your house there and they told me you was here. It's 3am, kid. You know that Adrian, she's a good girl. Me, you know I'm sorry for both of ya. There's nothing I can do about it. Except, uh, I wanna tell you this once and then, uh, I ain't gonna say it again. But Rock, you got another shot. This is the second shot. At, uh, I don't know the biggest title in the world, and you're gonna be swappin' punches with, with the most dangerous fighter in the world. And just in case, you know your brain ain't workin' so good. All this happens pretty soon and you ain't ready. You know you're no where near in shape. So I say, for God's sake, why don't you stand up and fight this guy HARD? Like you done before, that was beautiful! But don't lay down like this! Like, uh, I don't know, like some kind of mongrel or something. Cause he's gonna kick your face in pieces! That's right! This guy don't just wanna win, you know, he wants to bury ya, he wants to humiliate ya, he wants to prove to the whole world that you was nothin but some kind of a freak the first time out. He said you were a one time lucky bum! Well now I don't wanna get mad in a biblical place like this, but I think you're a hell of a lot more than that kid! A hell of a lot! But now wait a minute, if you wanna blow this thing, if you wanna blow it, then damn it I'm gonna blow it with ya. If you wanna stay here, I'll stay with ya. I stay with ya. I'll stay and pray. What do I got to lose?

Mickey: Why do you have to wear that stinkin' sweatsuit?
Rocky Balboa: It brings me luck, you know?
Mickey: Brings you luck! I'll tell you what it brings, it brings flies! Now here's what I want you to do... I want you to chase this little chicken.
Rocky Balboa: Hey yo, Mick, what do I got to chase a chicken for?
Mickey: First, because I said so. And second, is because chicken-chasing is how we used to train back in the old days. If you can catch this thing, you can catch greased lighting.
Rocky Balboa: Well, I'll do it if you say so, but it ain't very mature.
Mickey: Yeah, well neither are you very mature!

Mickey: Who the hell is that?
Rocky Balboa: Avon lady.

[Rocky is punching the heavy bag]
Rocky Balboa: Three, four...
Mickey: Now remember, I want 500 hard ones. Go!
Rocky Balboa: Where was I, seven or eight?

Rocky Balboa: [noticing Mickey's hearing aid] What's that in your ear there?
Mickey: What it is, is I hear stupid things better.

Reporter: Rocky, your pay for the fight will be very substantial. What will you do with the money?
Rocky Balboa: Well, the first thing I gotta do is I gotta pay the rent. And then I made this list on our way over here. I'd like to buy a couple hats, a motorcycle, a couple quarts of perfume for Adrian, she likes to smell good. And some muppet toys... you know, Ernie, Big Bird. And the frog, what's his name? Kermit?
Mickey: Yeah.
Rocky Balboa: And I thought maybe a statue for the church, and a snow cone machine for you, Paulie. You like snow cones, right?
Reporter: Rocky, do you have something derogatory to say about the champ?
Rocky Balboa: Derogatory? Yeah, he's great.

[Rocky and Mickey are watching the film of the first fight]
Mickey: Left handed fighters, they're the worst. They lead with their face mostly, trying to throw that big left. Right's no damn good. They ought to outlaw southpaws.
Rocky Balboa: Why didn't you tell me this before?
Mickey: I didn't wanna hurt your feelings.

Mickey: [after slapping Rocky in the face with his left hand] Now you didn't even see that comin', did ya? And that's comin' from a broken down punk like me. What... what do ya think the champ would do to ya?
Rocky Balboa: Hurt me bad, I guess...
Mickey: Na, he'd hurt ya permanent. *Permanent*!

Rocky Balboa: [after round 1 of the rematch with Creed] I can't believe it!
Mickey: What?
Rocky Balboa: He broke my nose again.

Mickey: [Standing to his feet after Adrian tells Rocky to win] What are we waiting for!

Mickey: What's 'can't'? There ain't no 'can'ts'! There's no 'can'ts'!


Rocky (1976)
Mickey: Women weaken legs!

Mickey: You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!

Mickey: Your nose is broken.
Rocky: How does it look?
Mickey: Ah, it's an improvement.

Mickey: Get out of here! Don't ya ever interrupt me while I'm conductin' business. Move your little chicken asses out.

Mickey: You're a bum, Rock. You're a bum.
Rocky: I ain't no bum, Mick. I ain't no bum.

Mickey: Down! Down! Stay Down!

Rocky: I been comin' here for six years, and for six years ya been stickin' it to me, an' I wanna know how come!
Mickey: Ya don't wanna know!
Rocky: I wanna know how come!
Mickey: Ya wanna know?
Rocky: I WANNA KNOW HOW!
Mickey: OK, I'm gonna tell ya! You had the talent to become a good fighter, but instead of that, you become a legbreaker to some cheap, second rate loanshark!
Rocky: It's a living.
Mickey: IT'S A WASTE OF LIFE!

Mickey: You know what you are?
Rocky: No, what?
Mickey: A tomato.
Rocky: A tomato?
Mickey: Yeah, and I'm running a business here, not a goddamn soup kitchen.

Mickey: [to rocky, after round 1 with Apollo] Keep hittin'em in the ribs ya see? Don't let that bastard breathe!


Rocky V (1990)
Mickey: [Flashback] Ah come here Rock. My God, you're ready ain't ya? That Apollo won't know what hit him. You're gonna roll over him like a bulldozer, an Italian bulldozer. You know kid, I know how you feel about this fight that's comin' up. 'Cause I was young once, too. And I'll tell you somethin'. Well, if you wasn't here I probably wouldn't be alive today. The fact that you're here and doin' as well as you're doin' gives me-what do you call it-motivization? Huh? To stay alive, 'cause I think that people die sometimes when they don't wanna live no more.
Rocky Balboa: [Present day, remembering] Nature's smarter than people think...
Mickey: [Flashback] And nature is smarter than people think. Little by little we lose our friends, we lose everything. We keep losin' and losin' till we say you know, 'Oh what the hell am I livin' around here for? I got not reason to go on.' But with you kid, boy, I got a reason to go on. And I'm gonna stay alive and I will watch you make good...
Rocky Balboa: [Present day, remembering] I'll never leave you.
Mickey: [Flashback] and I'll never leave you until that happens. 'Cause when I leave you you'll not only know how to fight, you'll be able to take care of yourself outside the ring too, is that okay?
Rocky Balboa: [Flashback] It's okay.
Mickey: [Flashback] Okay. Now I got a little gift for you.
Rocky Balboa: [Flashback] Ah, Mick you don't have to.
Mickey: [Flashback] No, wait a minute, now, wait a minute. Hey look at that.
[Takes off his golden glove necklace]
Mickey: See that? This is the favorite thing that I have on this Earth. And Rocky Marciano give me that. You know what it was? His cufflink. Huh? And now I'm givin' it to you and it, it's gotta be like a, like an angel on your shoulder see? If you ever get hurt and you feel that you're goin' down this little angel is gonna whisper in your ear. It's gonna say, 'Get up you son of a bitch 'cause Mickey loves you'. Okay?
Rocky Balboa: [Flashback] Thanks Mick.
[Hugs him]
Rocky Balboa: I love you too.
Mickey: [Flashback] Go after him kid, go after him.

Mickey: Get up you son of a bitch! 'Cause Mickey loves you!

Mickey: You know, kid, I know how you feel about this fight that's comin' up, because I was young once too. And I tell you somethin': Well, if you wasn't here, I probably wouldn't be alive today. The fact that you're here and doin' as well as you're doin' gives me, what do you call it, a "motivization," huh, to stay alive? 'Cause I think that people die sometimes when they don't wanna live no more.
Rocky Balboa: Nature's smarter than people think.
Mickey: And nature is smarter than people think. Little by little, we lose our friends, we lose everything. We keep losing and losing till we say, you know, "What the hell am I livin' around here for? I got no reason to go on." But with you, kid, boy, I got a reason to go on. And I'm gonna stay alive, and I will watch you make good.
Rocky Balboa: And I'll never leave you.
Mickey: And I'll never leave you until that happens. 'Cause when I leave you, you'll not only know how to fight, you'll be able to take care of yourself outside the ring too. Is that okay?
Rocky Balboa: It's okay.