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Rocky III (1982)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  28 May 1982 (USA)
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After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.


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Jim Hill ...
Don Sherman ...
Dennis James ...
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Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. Written by Todd Baldridge

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Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,015,408 (USA) (4 June 1982)


$122,823,200 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pinball machine that Paulie smashes with the liquor bottle is real. It was released on the market in conjunction with this movie. See more »


There are multiple errors with the time-line and chronology of this film and it's relationship with the previous two movies. Most obviously, Rocky is set primarily in 1975, with the title fight taking place on January 1, 1976. Rocky II is also set in 1976, with the title fight taking place on Thanksgiving, November 25. The events in Rocky III are said to take place three years later, placing it in 1979/1980. However, the newspaper advertising the charity match between Rocky and Thunderlips gives a date of 1982. Another major discrepancy is in relation to Micky's age and date of death. In the first film, Micky says he is 76, placing his birth in either 1899 or 1900. In Rocky III however, his headstone lists his date of birth as 1905, making him 71 in the original film. Furthermore, the headstone lists his date of death as 1981, which implies that he was 76; the same age he was four years previously (in the original film). See more »


Paulie: [leaving the police station] You wann hear I owe ya? You I owe nothin'!
Rocky Balboa: No you don't owe me nothin'.
Paulie: So, what do you want I should do? My sister ain't here?
Rocky Balboa: She's home.
Paulie: You know, me and her used to be tight before you come in. I raise her she don't come down.
Rocky Balboa: She don't know about this.
Paulie: You can just up and go to hell, you know that?
Rocky Balboa: Hey, watch your mouth, Paulie.
Paulie: What? You gonna whack me? I don't sweat you. I don't sweat you!
Rocky Balboa: Come on, Paulie, why don't you screw your head on right.
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Crazy Credits

"Rocky" is actually displayed on screen three separate times at the start of the film (first scrolling onto the screen from right to left (along with the number III), then spelled out with fireworks, and finally in simple text at the bottom right of the screen (again with III), several minutes later). See more »


Follows Rocky II (1979) See more »


Take You Back
Written and Performed by Frank Stallone
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A great flick !
1 April 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Another film worthy of a Frank Stallone sound track, Rocky 3 has been one of the biggest box office turn outs in history. Not only did every Italian American run out to see this film when it was in the theaters but it made the song "Eye of the Tiger" a national hit. Rocky 3 was also a debut film for MR. T. An excellent performance as one of the best villains in movie history. This one is not only written by Sly....it is also directed by him as well. Check it out.

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