191 user 66 critic

Rocky III (1982)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 28 May 1982 (USA)
2:29 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.


3,590 ( 1,890)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rocky II (1979)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Rocky IV (1985)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Rocky V (1990)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia
Rocky (1976)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
First Blood (1982)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam.

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier
Rambo III (1988)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When his friend Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan, John Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the brutal tyrant and his army who rule that region.

Director: Peter MacDonald
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge
Rambo (2008)
Action | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden
Creed (2015)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Cobra (1986)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society.

Director: Marco Brambilla
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Fried ...
Al Silvani ...
Wally Taylor ...
Clubber's Manager
Jim Hill ...
Don Sherman ...
Wrestling Commentator
Jim Healy ...
Wrestling Commentator


In a string of 3 and a half years after defeating former champion Apollo Creed and winning the World Heavyweight Title, Rocky has had 10 successful title defenses and is still the Heavyweight Champion of the World. At his retirement fight, Rocky loses his Title to ruthless and dangerous challenger, Clubber Lang (Mr. T) who also inadvertently kills his coach and father figure, Mickey Goldmill, Rocky goes in a depression. He holds himself responsible for Mickey's death. His former nemesis and fomer Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed, trains rocky for his rematch with Lang, but Rocky is too broken down and finally Adrian, his wife confronts him and he regains his focus, trains hard and finally is able to defeat Clubber by knocking him out in the 3rd round(Clubber had knocked him out in the second round of the first fight) and regains his Title and him and Apollo becoming great friends thereafter.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Rocky III - An American Tradition... See more »


Drama | Sport


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$122,823,200 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Hulk Hogan received the initial offer to be in the movie after a wrestling match against André the Giant at Shea Stadium. At first, he thought one of the wrestlers was trying to pull a prank on him. When he returned from a tour of Japan, Hogan received a Western Union letter he had to sign for. The contents: Sylvester Stallone's offer to be in the movie. He immediately signed on for the role of Thunderlips. See more »


When Mickey gets sick and lays down on the table in the locker room, he has his knit cap on as he starts to lay down. The shot switches to a different angle as he continues to lay down, and now his cap is off and laying on the table next to him. See more »


Interviewer: What's your prediction for the fight?
Clubber Lang: My prediction?
Interviewer: Yes, your prediction.
[Clubber looks into camera]
Clubber Lang: Pain!
See more »

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 »


Referenced in Psych: Viagra Falls (2010) See more »


Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Frank Stallone
Performed by Frank Stallone
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A great flick !
1 April 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Another film worthy of a Frank Stallone sound track, Rocky 3 has been one of the biggest box office turn outs in history. Not only did every Italian American run out to see this film when it was in the theaters but it made the song "Eye of the Tiger" a national hit. Rocky 3 was also a debut film for MR. T. An excellent performance as one of the best villains in movie history. This one is not only written by Sly....it is also directed by him as well. Check it out.

37 of 51 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rocky Vs. The Wrestler (Hulk Hogan) Matt-Canalcon
Clubber and the title johnny_burnaway
Favorite Mickey quotes cmfalf
Do You Think Rocky Ever Cheated On Adrian? jahan215-1
Why Didn't apollo creed fight clubber lang? e_blakely
Had Mick not suffered a heart attack... MakoKiller
Discuss Rocky III (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: