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Rocky (1976)

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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Gambina ...
Al Silvani ...
Cut Man (as Al Salvani)
George Memmoli ...
Ice Rink Attendant
Diana Lewis ...
TV Interviewer


Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" to become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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His whole life was a million-to-one shot. See more »


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Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Roki  »


Box Office


$960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,000,000, 5 December 1976

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lee J. Cobb, Lew Ayres, Victor Jory and Broderick Crawford were also considered for the role of Mickey. See more »


In the Morning Run scene, the camera zooms out as Rocky runs down the street. The lighting equipment is visible at the top of the screen, right above the farthest building. See more »


[first lines]
Club fight attendee: Come on, Spider!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the title of the film scrolling from right to left underscored by music. However, instead of just doing the opening credits for the cast, Rocky is shown boxing. The rest of the credits appear later as Rocky is shown walking down a street, and this time there is nothing underscoring the credits. See more »


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Stalone's best
9 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

As much as the media mocks Stallone, he won best picture for this film. He will never top this film, which made him a icon. It's a story about a down on his luck loan collector/ boxers who gets a one time shot at the heavy weight championship, because of a late pull out by a contender, and the champ does not want to lose his money on the deal. There is romance between Rocky and his new girl friend who lives just as hard of a life as Rocky, and together they make life livable. The rest of the cast is other down and outers who give the viewer a feeling of hopelessness until Rocky gets his chance. This film is touching, and unforgettable.

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