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Writer:
Sylvester Stallone (written by)
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Release Date:
3 December 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You have a ringside seat for the bloodiest bicentennial in history! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 20 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A great Sylvester Stallone film See more (483 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky

Talia Shire ... Adrian

Burt Young ... Paulie

Carl Weathers ... Apollo

Burgess Meredith ... Mickey

Thayer David ... Jergens
Joe Spinell ... Gazzo
Jimmy Gambina ... Mike
Bill Baldwin ... Fight Announcer
Al Silvani ... Cut Man (as Al Salvani)
George Memmoli ... Ice Rink Attendant

Jodi Letizia ... Marie
Diana Lewis ... TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon ... TV Commentator

Larry Carroll ... TV Interviewer

Stan Shaw ... Dipper
Don Sherman ... Bartender

Billy Sands ... Club Fight Announcer
Pedro Lovell ... Club Fighter
DeForest Covan ... Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow ... Club Corner Man

Tony Burton ... Apollo's Trainer
Hank Rolike ... Apollo Corner Man
Shirley O'Hara ... Secretary
Kathleen Parker ... Paulie's Date

Frank Stallone ... Timekeeper

Lloyd Kaufman ... Drunk
Jane Marla Robbins ... Owner of Pet Shop
Jack Hollander ... Fats
Joe Sorbello ... Bodyguard
Christopher Avildsen ... Chiptooth
Frankie Van ... Club Fight Referee
Lou Fillipo ... Championship Fight Announcer
Paris Eagle ... Fighter

Frank Stallone ... Streetcorner Singer (as Frank Stallone Jr.)
Robert L. Tangrea ... Streetcorner Singer
Peter Glassberg ... Streetcorner Singer
William E. Ring ... Streetcorner Singer
Joseph C. Giambelluc ... Streetcorner Singer

Joe Frazier ... Himself
Butkus Stallone ... Rocky's Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Cassidy ... Ringside Police Officer (uncredited)

Michael Dorn ... Apollo Creed's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Arnold Johnson ... Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Leh ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jeri McBride ... Tony Gazzo's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Stu Nahan ... Fight Commentator (uncredited)

Frank Pesce ... Spectator (uncredited)

John Pleshette ... Aftershave Commercial Director (uncredited)

Lavelle Roby ... Mary Anne Creed (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
 
Writing credits
Sylvester Stallone (written by)

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Gene Kirkwood .... executive producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
 
Cinematography by
James Crabe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Scott Conrad (film editor)
Richard Halsey (edited by)
 
Casting by
Caro Jones (casting by)
 
Production Design by
William J. Cassidy  (as Bill Cassidy)
 
Art Direction by
James H. Spencer 
 
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux  (as Raymond Molyneaux)
 
Makeup Department
Michael Westmore .... makeup creator (as Mike Westmore)
 
Production Management
Hal W. Polaire .... executive in charge of production (as Hal Polaire)
Ted Swanson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred T. Gallo .... first assistant director (as Fred Gallo)
Steve Perry .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Mike Miner .... props
David Nichols .... visual consultant
 
Sound Department
Ray Alba .... post-production sound
Gene Ashbrook .... sound mixer (as B. Eugene Ashbrook)
John Farrell .... looping editor
Bert Schoenfeld .... post-production sound (as Burt Schoenfeld)
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Bud Alper .... sound (uncredited)
Lyle J. Burbridge .... sound (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
William L. McCaughey .... sound (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunt co-ordinator (as Jim Nickerson)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Gray Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... special camera effects
Richard J. Edesa .... first assistant cameraman (as Dick Edessa)
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Ross A. Maehl .... electrical gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Jack Willoughby .... camera operator
Ralf D. Bode .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Chevalier .... camera operator (uncredited)
Donald L. Hartley .... best boy (uncredited)
Calvin Maehl .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Aristides Pappidas .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Serge Poupis .... first assistant camera: additional camera (uncredited)
Kit Whitmore .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mark F. Hill .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Cambel .... costumer
Joanne Hutchinson .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Janice Hampton .... assistant film editor
Geoffrey Rowland .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Joe Tuley .... music editor (as Joseph Tuley Jr.)
Bill Conti .... conductor (uncredited)
Bill Conti .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ami Hadani .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mike Grover .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Joan Arnold .... production secretary
Dale Benson .... location manager
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producer (as Janet Crosy)
Jimmy Gambina .... technical advisor
Gloria Gonzales .... assistant to the producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... pre-production supervisor
David Kramer .... publicist
Joseph Letizia .... liaison: Philadelphia (as Joe Letizia)
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor
Carol Rosenstein .... assistant to the director
Marge Rowland .... location auditor
Sylvester Stallone .... boxing choreographer
Jeff Kanew .... trailer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Steve Sayre .... assistant fight choreographer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jane Oliver .... dedicatee
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
119 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Alberta) (re-rating) (1999) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Japan:G | Mexico:A | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1977) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG (PCA #24646) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Two scenes were written that do not appear in the final cut of the film: a scene where Rocky visits his gym with Apollo Creed as a photo op and Rocky beats up Dipper, the fighter who took his locker earlier in the story and a scene the night of the big fight in the locker room between Rocky and Adrian. The locker room scene was at least filmed because production stills from it exist.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Rocky is boxing in the meat-packing plant, he is in an orthodox stance, not southpaw.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Club fight attendee:Come on, Spider!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rocky's ThemeSee more »

FAQ

Was this the first film to use the Steadicam?
What age is Rocky in this film?
Who wrote the legendary Rocky theme, "Gonna Fly Now", and who sings it?
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69 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
A great Sylvester Stallone film, 18 February 2005
Author: rbverhoef (rbverhoef@hotmail.com) from The Hague, Netherlands

If you think Sylvester Stallone has made nothing but stinkers you just have to see 'Rocky'. This is a brilliant film, based on Stallone's own screenplay, where he plays a complex character in such a terrific way it is not strange people thought this was going to be a great actor. Compare it to another great film about a boxer, 'Raging Bull', and 'Rocky' will be better at some points. It goes without saying that it's quite an achievement.

The story is about Rocky Balboa (Stallone), a boxer who once had a glorious future, but now fights for little money in gyms. Then, out of the blue, he gets the chance to fight the heavyweight champ Apollo (Carl Weathers), a stunt from his side. Although Rocky seems to have no chance he starts his training to make the best of it, although at first he is too proud to accept any help. The scene where he finally accepts the help from his old trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) is one of the best scenes in the film. Rocky also starts dating the very shy girl Adrian (Talia Shire), sister of his friend Paulie (Burt Young).

'Rocky' is a terrific film in every aspect. The acting is what amazed me the most. Stallone gives such an impressive performance it is very hard to believe he is also the star of films like 'Over the Top', 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' and 'Judge Dredd', and from the other 'Rocky'-films for that matter. Not only Stallone is impressive, Shire, Young and Meredith find perfect notes for their characters as well. Every little thing that happens seems natural through their acting and of course Stallone's screenplay does a great job here. Director John G. Avildsen serves this material the way he should. Of course he is no Martin Scorsese, 'Raging Bull' stays the better directed film, but he knows how to tell this story.

I do not like boxing very much, so a boxing-film is not something I would enjoy. But this is not a boxing-film, it is a film about a boxer. It tells about a character who happens to be a boxer running for a title. This is probably one of the points where the other four 'Rocky'-films fail and where films like this one and 'Raging Bull' and Clint Eastwood's 'Million Dollar Baby' succeed.

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