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Rocky (1976) More at IMDbPro »

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Rocky -- Rocky Balboa is a struggling Philadelphia boxer who is scorned by his gym's owner, patronized by a loan shark and rebuffed by a shy 'plain-Jane', whose butcher brother keeps engineering a romantic match.  Rocky would have remained in this rut had not heavyweight champion Apollo Creed come up with the Bicentennial gimmick to give a chance for a 'nobody' to become a 'somebody'.  The "Italian Stallion" trains earnestly and goes the distance...against all odds!
Rocky -- A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Rocky -- Featurette: Shooting in Philadelphia
Rocky -- Trailer for this Stallone classic
Rocky -- Featurette: Shooting at Mickey's Gym


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Release Date:
3 December 1976 (USA) See more »
You have a ringside seat for the bloodiest bicentennial in history! See more »
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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 20 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Changed My Life See more (506 total) »


  (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)
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Man in unemployment line (uncredited)

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)
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)
Jane Oliver .... dedicatee
Crew verified as complete

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119 min | 145 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 (re-release) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Japan:G | Mexico:A | Netherlands:12 | 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?

Shamrock Meats was called Eastern Packing in the original script.See more »
Factual errors: Rocky wakes up at 4:30am to start his exercise regime,it is December. When we see him out jogging up the steps,the dawn is breaking. The sun should not be coming up until after 7:00am (Unless he ran for 2 & 1/2 hours!)See more »
[first lines]
Club fight attendee:Come on, Spider!
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The First NoelSee more »


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233 out of 288 people found the following review useful.
Changed My Life, 9 January 2005
Author: Tony Fountain from United States

"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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