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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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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Drama | Sport

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3 December 1976 (USA)  »

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$960,000 (estimated)

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$117,235,247 (USA)
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Trivia

As of 2015 and due to this film, Sylvester Stallone remains (alongside Charles Chaplin) the only other person in film history to have been the sole writer of an original screenplay, to have starred in the leading role for the same film and to have been nominated for Oscars for both. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the fight, when Apollo and Rocky are hugging, Apollo's manager comes up to him in the close-up shot. Then they switch to an aerial shot, and Apollo's manager jumps over the ropes into the ring. See more »

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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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Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
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What it is to be and "underdog"
14 November 2004 | by (Tallahassee, FL) – See all my reviews

One of Stallone's first and finest feature film performances is as Rocky Balboa, a lonely, small-time boxer who gets by doing muscle work for a neighborhood loan shark. Everything about his life spells "underdog"-- he's even left-handed. He lives alone in a shabby apartment, and when he's not slowly being swept aside at the local gym, where even the trainer calls him a bum, he fauns over an introverted pet store clerk named Adrian.

He gets his first break when he's chosen at random by heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed, to take a shot at his title. No one thinks he can beat Creed-- not even Rocky. All Rocky wants is to be able to go all ten rounds with the champ, because no one else has. And in the final ten minutes of the film, Rocky finds out just how far he can go.

What's terrific about this movie is that it's about Rocky. It's not about winning; it's not even about fighting. It's about Rocky and his desire to get by in the world without being a bum. The sequels to this widely popular film have focused more heavily on the upcoming fight, whereas this story focuses on Rocky's life. He doesn't want to win; he just wants to survive and feel good about himself. That's what most of us want, and that's why this film is a classic.


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