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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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His life is happy, his fights have seemed easy. Now a young upstart is going to make him prove just how far he can still go... See more »

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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:

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

Clubber Lang's manager: [to Clubber] Don't go wasting your punches! He's gotta come to you; you're the Champ! Don't try to take him out with one punch! Use your head; wear him down!
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"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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Gonna Fly Now
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Written by Bill Conti, Carol Connors, and Ayn Robbins
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a change of direction for Rocky
4 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For a series as long running as the Rocky movies, it's only natural for there to be the occasional need for a breath of fresh air - a fresh perspective on a tried and tested formula. a fresh rethink was called for by creator/writer and star Sylvester Stallone despite the previous film's box office success.

for my money this is clearly the most entertaining of the Rocky films due to its perfect pacing and well-choreographed matches. Stallone is at his best when playing Rocky--it is his vision and his creation--and, despite what Hollywood wants us to think, he is not a bad director either.

From the supercharged "Eye of the Tiger" opening this film just does not let up. All of the cast are great, none more so than Stallone himself. The scene of Mickey's death after Rocky's destruction at the hands of Clubber Lang is brilliant-But the Masterstroke here lies in making Apollo a far more central character after Mickey's death. all of this and I still haven't even mentioned CLUBBER! Mr .T is perfect as Clubber Lang a great adversary for Rocky and the power and intensity his character displays in the ring is ferocious. I still say Mike Tyson stole Clubber Lnag's act!!The second fight between Rocky and Clubber is just breathtaking, the pace of the fight is electric, some of the camera work makes you feel like you are literally in the ring with these two warriors.

This movie is a must for anyone with the slightest interest in being entertained!!


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