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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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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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A true hero goes all the way! 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?


In one dockside scene the bow and name of the oil carrier Sohio Resolute makes a brief but prominent appearance. The ship was scrapped some years after filming. See more »


The number "2" disappears off Rocky's apartment door after he answers the door to let Micky in. See more »


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

Butkus the dog is credited as "Butkus Stallone". See more »


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Deck the Halls
Traditional Welsh melody
Played on the radio
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One of the greatest movies of all time.
26 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I don't remember exactly when I first saw this film, but for a long time I thought that the second of the series was my favorite. Well, I recently bought the DVD box-set and after I watched the first movie again I knew that it was definitely the best in the series, and also one of the best movies ever made. Rocky is very much more than just a boxing movie. It's a movie about the unbreakable human spirit, determination, and the will to "go the distance." Rocky(Sylvester Stallone) is a second rate club-fighter and a debt collector for a loan shark(Joe Spinnell). He becomes involved with a shy girl working in a petshop named Adrian(Talia Shire), and also becomes friends with her brother Paulie(Burt Young). Rocky's life really isn't anything of interest - until the World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed(Carl Weathers) gives him an unexpected shot at the title. An old boxer-turned-trainer named Mick(Burgess Meredith) offers to be Rocky's manager. Although the whole film is outstanding, what follows are some of the greatest and most memorable movie moments of all time. Rocky striving to go the distance in the training scene, the final fight, and the closing moments of the film are so emotional and inspiring that they perfectly demonstrate the human spirit and can bring out the will to win in anybody. Add to this an excellent music score and you have a classic and unforgettable movie. Without a doubt deserved the Best Picture award in 1976. Exceptional performances by all the cast members, notably Burgess Meredith and Sylvester Stallone. **** out of ****

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