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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 »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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?

The movie's line "Yo, Adrian." was voted as the #80 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).See more »
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 »
[first lines]
Club fight attendee:Come on, Spider!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Tribute to James Crabe (2006) (V)See more »
Rocky's ThemeSee more »


How much money does Gazzo give Rocky in the movie?
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272 out of 302 people found the following review useful.
"But it's Thanksgiving. Yeah to you, but to me it's Thursday.", 17 December 2004
Author: JFHunt from Manhattan

It's hard to explain what this movie means to me. Words could never. I remember when I was a kid, I never liked the first Rocky, was too obsessed with III and IV. It happened when I was 11 and I went to see V in the theater. I never been to a movie like that before. People were screaming and cheering. Shook the whole damn place. They were dancing in the isle's and celebrating. It was then I realized the true power of Stallone's vision. The realization that only the original would ever really matter.

Rocky to me is so many things. I had to beg my girlfriend to see it. She said she doesn't like boxing. I almost dumped her right there. If she wasn't so hot, I probably would have. I was crushed that someone could think that this movie is about boxing. To me it was never that. It's about a guy, much like you or me, who's down on his luck and everyday feels like Sunday. He's pushing 30, single and broke. I'm sad to say that at this moment it almost reminds me of myself. Every minute more another reason.

It's hard to pick my favorite scenes from the movie. I love the chemistry between Rocky and Adrian (Shire). When he's talking to door and she finally comes out and then stops to look in the mirror. It's a thing of beauty. Or when Mickey (Meredith) goes over to Stallones apartment. Rocky gets upset and punches his shitty wall, then goes to hide in the bathroom. The look on Stallone's face when he comes out to find Mickey still there is priceless. I heard it wasn't in the script or directed, just happened. But the one that does it for me is when he comes home in the opening scene after the chapel fight. He turns on his record player and goes for a beer, but it's empty, like everything else in his life. Talks to the turtles and his fish, why because the Rock is lonely. Goes to the mirror and practices a joke for his love. Looks at a picture of himself and realizes he's wasting his life. It's more than beautiful or real.

It's safe to say that I have seen the original more than 100 times. I still feel all the emotion. I love this movie more than any other film. I hope one day, with God's help, to show it to my kids and have them feel the same way. I think if I ever got the chance to meet Stallone, I'd want to thank him. Tell him how he changed my life. But in reality, he probably wouldn't care. Because, "I'm at least half a bum."

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