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Rocky III (1982)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 28 May 1982 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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The Excitement... The Power... The Man... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$122,823,200 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Artist LeRoy Neiman makes a cameo appearance as the ring announcer in the Rocky-Thunderlips charity match. Neiman would also appear in Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006). A painting by Neiman featuring Rocky and Apollo is shown in the closing credits, and can also be seen in Rocky's restaurant in Rocky Balboa (2006). LeRoy Neiman also appeared in Rocky II (1979). He was the artist wearing the white suit and white hat sketching Apollo while he was training for his rematch with Rocky. See more »

Goofs

While running on the beach, Rocky can be seen wearing Apollo's red, white and blue shorts a full scene before Apollo actually gives them to him. See more »

Quotes

[Rocky and Thunderlips have completed their exhibition match, which has been more violent than Rocky expected]
Thunderlips: Good match.
Rocky Balboa: Hey why'd you get so crazy on me out there?
Thunderlips: That's the name of the game.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits there is the following statement: 'This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver'. See more »

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Referenced in Bring Back... The A-Team (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Take You Back
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Stallone
Sung by Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire
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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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