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.
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.
The fact that Mickey Goldmill turns out to be Jewish was surprising to fans and even Sylvester Stallone himself, as much of the material involving the character for the first two movies and scenes before his death strongly hinted he was Irish-American. The main reason for highlighting Mickey's ethnicity was the film's wish to pay tribute to the many Jewish Americans who had been successful trainers throughout boxing history, as many of these real people were as old or older than Burgess Meredith when this film released in 1982. See more »
When Apollo and Duke are reviewing Rocky's first fight with Clubber and discussing how many rounds Rocky could potentially last, the footage they are watching is in black and white. However, during this scene there is a shot of Apollo looking at the screen, and the lights reflecting off his face show that the footage he is watching is in color. See more »
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 »
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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