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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the 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 ...
Fight Announcer
Al Silvani ...
Cut Man (as Al Salvani)
George Memmoli ...
Ice Rink Attendant
Diana Lewis ...
TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon ...
TV Commentator
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 <>

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A Philadelphia fighter who never made the big time...He showed he could take on a challenge...and won something bigger than a championship bout. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Рокки  »

Box Office


$960,000 (estimated)


$117,235,247 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Mickey was initially offered to Lee Strasberg (who was Burt Young's mentor), but the production couldn't afford him. See more »


Apollo describes "January First... The country's biggest birthday..." July 4th is considered the country's birthday. 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 »


Referenced in 42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition (2012) See more »


You Take My Heart Away
Written by Deetta Little
Performed by Deetta Little
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Changed My Life
9 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Your gonna eat lightning and your gonna crap thunder"

Rocky is about a poor boxer living his life in Philadalphia. His life changes when an invitation from the heavyweight champ Apollo Creed is given to him.

Romance, Drama, Fight.

Story- With minimum resources and low money, this movie was an underdog itself. Stallone wrote it and fought to play Rocky. When they were low on resources, they changed the story all together and made it even better. The story is flawless and keeps you on the edge of your seat. 9/10

Music- The best thing about the movie itself. The music in this movie is guaranteed to give you goosebumps every time you watch it. Bill Conti gives you an excellent score throughout the movie, including the famous "gonna fly now". 10/10

Acting- 4 nominated performances in this movie. The acting is very good as well, especially Burgess Meredith who offers one of the greatest acts I have ever seen. Stallone plays Rocky Balboa and changes his voice very well to be Rocky. He did a very good job. Talia Shire plays Adrian, a shy pet store owner who has never had a BF before. She did a good job as well. Burt Young plays the drunkard Paulie. Burgess Merideth plays the boxing trainer Mickey. I have never seen a better performance. 9.5/10

Stallone fought for this triumphant movie that made me want to go the distance (sounds corny but its true). It made me strive to work harder and not give up. If you haven't seen this, buy it and watch it. I'll guarantee it will change you too. A classic.

I give it a perfect 10/10

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