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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jim Hill ...
Don Sherman ...
Dennis James ...
Wrestling Commentator
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Wrestling Commentator


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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Drama | Sport


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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)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The montage of Rocky's celebratory appearances features a scene of him on The Muppet Show (1976). The footage used is actually a real episode featuring Sylvester Stallone from January 9, 1979. For the movie, Jim Henson dubbed in Rocky's name during Kermit's introduction. Stallone's actual appearance at the 1976 Academy Awards is also seen during the montage. See more »


During the final bout, immediately before Rocky knocks out Lang, the position of the two fighters alternates from the middle of the ring (in long shots) to up against the ropes (in close-ups) and back again. See more »


Paulie: [after Thunderlips slams Rocky to the canvas] Rocko, remember the neighborhood!
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Crazy Credits

For the first time in the series, Tony Burton's character is credited (and referred to on screen for the first time) as Duke. See more »


Referenced in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) See more »


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

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