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.
After an unexpected victory, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has had 10 successful title defenses and is considered the Heavyweight Champion of the world. At his retirement fight, Rocky loses his spot to ruthless and dangerous challenger, Clubber Lang (Mr. T). Now that he has lost both his title to defeat and his coach, Mickey goodmill, to a heart attack, Rocky turns to former champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), to get Rocky back up on his feet.
According to Chuck Wepner, the match between Rocky and Thunderlips was based on Wepner's match with André the Giant. Wepner was tossed out of the ring in the same way that Rocky is in the film. See more »
The final fight supposedly takes place in New York City's Madison Square Garden; yet in the very first interior shot, a crowd panorama briefly shows the word "Philadelphia" along the concourse. The arena is actually the Philadelphia Spectrum. See more »
[a special, surprise gathering is being held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; A high school band finished playing "Gonna Fly Now"; citizens applauses]
Thank you. Thank you, One and all. Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream. On behalf of all the citizens of Philadelphia, and the many who have been touched by your accomplishments and your untiring participation in this city's many charity functions, it is with ...
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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 »
Makes you want to go the distance and hit someone :D
You know, a few months ago, I felt that it's kinda silly for me to claim to be a movie fan yet not see the Rocky movies and my friend even told me that it's a must see to be an official movie fanatic. So, I had decided to see all the Rocky flicks, and low and behold there is a 6th one coming out next year, so what better time? I felt that people are a little harsh on "Rocky III". Yeah, it's lost a little more edge and originality, but I felt that they kept it cool and within it's origins. Come on, I mean it's the eye of the tiger! Mr. T, he's so cool. He's so bad and you want to hate him, but you can't because he's just so cool. I loved the twist of having Apollo help Rocky train to defeat Mr. T. What more could a Rocky fan want out of this film? It's going strong and I can't wait to watch the fourth one. I know what happens unfortunately, I watch those "I love the 80's" shows. :P But I'm still excited, I love these Rocky movies. I may just see Rocky X! Come on, fans, this doesn't deserve a 5.6, let's get that rating up! 7/10
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