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 Goldmill, to a heart attack, Rocky turns to former champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), to get Rocky back up on his feet.
Of the Rocky movies that show an official boxing match at the conclusion of the film, Rocky III is the only one to show the entire fight without jumping to later rounds. See more »
At Micky's funeral, there are only 4 people present (Rocky, Adrien, Paulie and Al the Cutman. In order for a Jewish service/prayer to take place, there must be a minimum of 10 men (Minyan). If there is not a Minyan then the prayers have no validity and therefore strangers are often invited to the prayers ensuring there are 10 or more men. See more »
Why'd you leave? Why'd you walk away like that?
Life's too short, kid.
Where you goin?
I'm goin on a permanent vacation.
What are you talkin about? We got one more fight.
No, no, not me, you.
Why you doin this?
[Mickey doesn't answer]
I said why you doin this?
Because you can't win, Rock! This guy'll kill you to death inside of three rounds!
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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 »
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.
What he masters are "subtleties" (my term): certain facial expressions or small actions/reactions at perhaps less-than-pivotal moments which reveal his skill. They need to be really looked for to be seen, which is why only those who without the ability to look deeper than the surface find him so mediocre.
I don't want to give them all away, but here's one example of a subtlety that shows just how human he can make his characters (especially Rocky): in this film, in the break between the end of Round 2 and the beginning of Round 3, he is sitting in his corner getting a mouthful from Apollo. An assistant starts to spray something in his face (probably something to coagulate the blood, I don't know), but Rocky, who is focused intently on Apollo's furious coaching, opens his mouth as if he is expecting water to be sprayed in. He suddenly flinches in disgust as the spray goes in his mouth and stings his face. It's just a tiny tiny humorous moment that speaks loudly about attention to detail.
Or how about in Rocky 2, at the beginning of the match when they meet in the center of the ring and Apollo starts making his bravado-laden threats, we see Rocky just sort of nod and half-smile at him politely, then next you see a side-on shot of him turning to walk back to his corner, and the look on his face says "What a prick." Priceless.
I'm not a fan of boxing, or the first Rocky movie (too slow), or the last Rocky movie (huh?), but this one is extremely enjoyable for me to watch as a human being who faces challenges just like anyone else, and who needs that occasional inspiration to give me a dose of determination to overcome them.
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