Rocky has been holding the title as the heavyweight champion until he is defeated by a brutal challenger, and now must regain his fighting spirit through a big rematch, trained by an unlikely ally: his old nemesis Apollo Creed.
After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Boxer Rocky Balboa enjoys the wealth he has as world-champion. He only fights against opponents "hand-picked" by his manager Mickey Goldmill. Then he is challenged by the arrogant Clubber Lang. Rocky accepts the challenge to prove once more that there is only one world-champion. But Lang wins and becomes the new champion. Nobody believes in Rocky anymore, except for one man: former world-champion Apollo Creed. As Creed tries to stimulate his fighting spirit and get Rocky back in top-form, it is now up to Rocky to get his edge back. Will he win ? Written by
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The montage of Rocky's celebratory appearances features a scene of him on The Muppet Show (1976). The footage used is actually a real episode featuring Sylvester Stallone from January 9, 1979. For the movie, Jim Henson dubbed in Rocky's name during Kermit's introduction. Stallone's actual appearance at the 1976 Academy Awards is also seen during the montage. See more »
When Apollo and Duke are reviewing Rocky's first fight with Clubber and discussing how many rounds Rocky could potentially last, the footage they are watching is in black and white. However, during this scene there is a shot of Apollo looking at the screen, and the lights reflecting off his face show that the footage he is watching is in color. See more »
No, No, not yet. Not for the meatball. I'm not done with him yet, boy. If I can't break your spirit, I sure enough can break your back!
[Thunderlips cracks Rocky's vertebrae]
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At the end of the credits there is the following statement: 'This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver'. See more »
Rocky III isn't better than the previous two. The gritty realism and characterization is no longer with us and what we are given is something that's more comic-strip like and predictable. However, although it isn't brilliant, Rocky III stands out in a unique way. You can't help to be lured into fantasy when 'The Eye Of The Tiger' begins to play over the opening titles as we get a glimpse of Rocky at his best - beating an array of challengers in triumph. Rocky is a true champion. Then, we have Clubber Lang. He falls short to Apollo Creed in terms of humaness and conviction but nevertheless is a suitable draw-up for the film's story. The boxing champion of the world finds his world close to ruins after the all-mean Clubber causes his manager to have a heart attack and then beats him for his precious title. Actually, it's a common case. The bad beat the good to steal something which is good. However, the good don't usually fight back due to fear or the fact that this isn't possible. But you can place a smile on your face because we're in the movies, we're in a Rocky picture. Although the specific plot in Rocky III isn't realistic we can to relate it by this way. Rocky III helps us to enjoy ourselves while gathered around the television and also in confronting our demons.
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