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Rocky III (1982)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 28 May 1982 (USA)
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After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.


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Jim Hill ...
Don Sherman ...
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Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. Written by Todd Baldridge

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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 »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,015,408, 31 May 1982, Wide Release

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan) is billed at a height of nearly seven feet, despite Hogan only being 6'4". This was because in the first two films, Rocky was billed as 6'1", whereas Sylvester Stallone is only 5'10" which is average height for a fully grown man. Because Hogan is genuinely six inches taller than Stallone, to maintain the illusion that Rocky was over six feet tall, Thunderlips had to be billed as being taller than the actor portraying him. See more »


During the last fight scene, Rocky is punching away at Clubber, and the two seemingly glide across from one end of the ring to the other. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of the rolling platform that they are standing on. See more »


Mickey: [to Rocky after watching all the pageantry at the gym] This is a house of ill repute!
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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 »


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Take You Back
Written by Frank Stallone
Sung by Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire
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User Reviews

Wow, Look Who's Still Got It!

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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