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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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fight | champion | rematch | beating | fighting | See more »

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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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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:

$16,015,408 (USA) (4 June 1982)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before settling on the film's signature song of "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, Sylvester Stallone wanted to use the already hit song "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen. See more »

Goofs

After losing the fight, Rocky rides his motorcycle to his statue, when he leaves he has no helmet. When he arrives at the statue, he has it on, takes it off and throws it at the statue. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Balboa: Why'd you leave? Why'd you walk away like that?
Mickey: Life's too short, kid.
Rocky Balboa: Where you goin?
Mickey: I'm goin on a permanent vacation.
Rocky Balboa: What are you talkin about? We got one more fight.
Mickey: No, no, not me, you.
Rocky Balboa: Why you doin this?
[Mickey doesn't answer]
Rocky Balboa: I said why you doin this?
Mickey: Because you can't win, Rock! This guy'll kill you to death inside of three rounds!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played over a montage of Rocky's title defenses and Clubber Lang's rise to power in the ring. The closing credits are played over a painting of Rocky and Apollo fighting. See more »


Soundtracks

Gonna Fly Now
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Written by Bill Conti, Carol Connors, and Ayn Robbins
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Wow, Look Who's Still Got It!
11 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

30 minutes shorter than its predecessors-- according to audience reactions I still disagree with, that's the same curse that held "Superman IV" in Hollywood Purgatory (or maybe lower).

Thank heavens "Rocky III" is still an enjoyable piece of work!

For Stallone's second shot in the director's chair, he pits his famous character against Clubber Lang, a testosterone-oozing Mr. T. The trouble is, has Rocky grown complacent in light of his massive celebrity?

While it does stick to something of a formula, R3 still comes out swinging, with more humor and better drama than the first two, but doesn't reach the cheer-inspiring fever pitch of the second.

A worthwhile entry.


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