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Rocky III (1982)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  28 May 1982 (USA)
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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.

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Storyline

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 R. Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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A Fighter. A Lover. A Legend. The Greatest Challenge. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$122,823,200 (USA)
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Trivia

Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan) is billed at a height of 7 feet despite Hogan only being 6'6''. This was because in the first two films, Rocky was billed as 6'1'', whereas Sylvester Stallone is only 5'9''. Because Hogan is genuinely 9 inches taller than Stallone, to maintain the illusion that Rocky was over 6 foot tall, Thunderlips had to be billed as being taller than the actor portraying him. See more »

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When talking to Adrian on the beach, Rocky appears to have not shaved in a few days. About halfway through the scene, he suddenly appears shaved. See more »

Quotes

Wrestling referee: Two...
Thunderlips: 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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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 »

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Soundtracks

Gonna Fly Now
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Written by Bill Conti, Carol Connors, and Ayn Robbins
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It's the fell of the fight!
17 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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