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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 »
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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)
Daniel King ... Big Man Daniel (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 original script featured a pretzel vendor named Andy who was a boxer back in his day, who Rocky frequently talked to outside Mickey's gym.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the fight, Steadicam operator Garrett Brown and his assistant are visible at ringside several times in the wide shots. Brown can clearly be seen wearing a black and white stripped top.See more »
[first lines]
Club fight attendee:Come on, Spider!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tribute to Burgess Meredith (2006) (V)See more »
Rocky's ThemeSee more »


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62 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Serious comments about the movie., 16 February 2005
Author: yxcool from New Zealand

If there is a chance for you which can turn you from nobody to somebody, how would you treat it? Would you let it go pass because it is almost impossible to achieve or you want to use all you have to give it a great shot? This is what the movie about, how a struggling underdog became hero, legend or more. This is the one of my favorite movies. Because it has a simplest storyline but it successfully gave expression to it's theme-if you want to be on the top, you have to pay the price which means hardworking and determination A good movie must require an understandable storyline which clearly tells its theme. That is why I think rocky is a great movie. The movie is about the sudden life change of a struggling underdog boxer-Rocky, the world champion set up a fight between himself and Rocky, but he decided to give it the greatest shot just to prove that he is not a bum for a entertainment show. So basically, whole movie is about how Rocky trying so hard to achieve his goal: go the distance with the champion.

The acting of the film is another shinning point; it has many great actors in it. Especially the main actor Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) he made a great impression in my mind by his excellent pyrotechnic acting skill. In the famous fighting scene, Stallone performed an emotion of a boxer who is suffering from pain, frustration and exhaustion, but he is not giving up. The scene became so real because Stallone's incredible performance. Also, other actors like Burt Young (Pauline), Tailia Shire (Adrian) Burgess (Mickey) acted perfectly in the movie.

If there is anything else can highlight the movie that is the fantastic music used in the movie. Because the music played in the movie perfectly contributed to the atmosphere of each individual scene. E.g. when Rocky started his morning run, pumping up style music plays simultaneously while he is running, that generated a memorable scene. Also again in the fighting scene, a part of passionate and stirring background music played when rocky is trying so hard to stand on his feet, it has successfully reinforced the mood of the scene.

This movie is simple but well made. Fantastic music, excellent action sequences and incredible acting crew lined with a nice storyline to express its theme: a man can be anyone he wants to be but is requires great determination and stamina to achieve that. The movie is appealed to audiences who are 15 or above, and strongly recommended to every boxing fan! PG Rating: 8/10

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