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Release Date:
28 May 1982 (USA) See more »
The legend continues...The Italian Stallion is back!! See more »
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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An OK sequel to the first two but lost a lot of its umfph See more (203 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa

Talia Shire ... Adrian

Burt Young ... Paulie

Carl Weathers ... Apollo Creed

Burgess Meredith ... Mickey Goldmill

Tony Burton ... Duke

Mr. T ... Clubber Lang

Hulk Hogan ... Thunderlips
Ian Fried ... Rocky Jr.
Al Silvani ... Al
Wally Taylor ... Clubber's Manager
Jim Hill ... Sportscaster
Don Sherman ... Andy

Dennis James ... Wrestling Commentator
Jim Healy ... Wrestling Commentator
Ray Gedeon ... Wrestling Referee
Gene Crane ... Mayor
Stu Nahan ... Title Rematch Commentator

Bill Baldwin ... Title Rematch Commentator (as Bill Baldwin Sr.)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Title Announcer (as Jimmy Lennon)
Marty Denkin ... Title Referee
John David Morris ... Doctor
Lou Fillipo ... Rematch Referee (as Lou Filippo)
Jeff Temkin ... Rematch Ring Announcer
Mario Machado ... Interviewer
Tony Hernandez ... Himself

Frank Stallone ... Singer / Opponent
Philmore Berger ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Philmore Berger)
Big Yank ... Sparring Partner
François André ... Clubber's Cornerman (as Francois Andre)

Eddie Smith ... Clubber's Cornerman
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Derelict
LeRoy Neiman ... Special Appearance

Bob Minor ... Challenger
Clifford Strong ... Challenger
Julius LeFlore ... Challenger (as Julius Le Flore)
Jason Felice ... Challenger

Tony Brubaker ... Challenger (as Anthony Brubaker)
Rex Pierson ... Challenger
Ray Notaro Jr. ... Challenger

Charles A. Tamburro ... Challenger (as Chuck Tamburro)
Carey Lindley ... Challenger

Jophery C. Brown ... Challenger (as Jophery Brown)

Gilbert B. Combs ... Challenger (as Gil Combs)
David Cadiente ... Opponent
Roger Braxton ... Opponent
J.D. Smith ... Opponent
Tom Lupo ... Opponent
Melvin Jones ... Opponent

Alex Brown ... Opponent (as Alex A. Brown)

David R. Ellis ... Opponent (as David Ellis)
George O'Mara ... Opponent

Clarke Coleman ... Police (as Clarke C. Coleman)
Billy Hank Hooker ... Police (as Hank Hooker)
Mickey Gilbert ... Police
Fred Waugh ... Police
James M. Halty ... Police (as Jim Halty)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rusty 'Gravestone' Bolin ... Extra (uncredited)

Sasha Czack ... Woman in Gym (uncredited)

Tom Lawrence ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Patti Negri ... Singer (uncredited)
Stan Rodarte ... Photographer in ring (uncredited)
Jeffrey L. Tandy ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Sylvester Stallone 
Writing credits
Sylvester Stallone (written by)

Produced by
James D. Brubaker .... associate producer
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Herb Nanas .... executive producer (as Herbert S. Nanas)
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark Warner 
Don Zimmerman 
Casting by
Rhonda Young 
Production Design by
William J. Cassidy 
Art Direction by
Ron Foreman  (as Ronald K. Foreman)
J. Dennis Washington  (as Dennis Washington)
Set Decoration by
Joe D. Mitchell  (as Joe Mitchell)
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Makeup Department
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist
Michael Westmore .... makeup creator
Production Management
James D. Brubaker .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director (as Clifford C. Colman)
Hope R. Goodwin .... second assistant director (as Hope Goodwin)
Sharon Mann .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Tom Bartholomew .... standby painter
Bill Dietz .... property master
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator (as Cal Di Valerio)
Floyd Farrington .... assistant property master
Karen Lee Holley .... leadperson
A. Thomas Schomberg .... sculptor: Rocky statue
Fred Lucky .... storyboard illustrator (uncredited)
Daniel Maltese .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
John S. Coffey .... utility sound technician (as John Coffey)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editorial staff
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recording recordist (as Walter Gest)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording engineer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording engineer
Victoria Martin .... sound effects editorial staff
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording engineer
Robert Nichols II .... sound re-recording recordist (as Bob Nichols II)
Art Ottinger .... adr editor (as Art G. Ottinger)
Christopher Ramsey .... boom operator (as Chris Ramsey)
Gary Ritchie .... sound re-recording recordist
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Chuck Wilborn)
Bill Wylie .... sound effects editorial staff (as William J. Wylie)
Steve Bartlett .... sound (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Jension .... special effects
Bret Hampton .... floor special effects (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
John Casino .... stunts
Don Charles McGovern .... stunt double: Slyvester Stallone
Ron Stein .... stunt coordinator
Freddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts (uncredited)
Stan Rodarte .... stunt perfomer: photographer (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Sinclair Walter .... action actor (uncredited)
Steve Walters .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... camera operator (uncredited)
Colin J. Campbell .... chief lighting technician (as Colin Campbell)
James R. Connell .... camera operator
Howard Hagadorn .... second grip
Randy Hart .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Randy A. Hart)
George Hill .... key grip
Neil Leifer .... special photographer
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Barry Oiffer .... focus puller: panaglide
Curtis Petersen .... assistant camera
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: additional camera
James M. Sheppherd .... dolly grip (as James M. Shepperd)
Chris Strong .... rigging gaffer
Lynn Tomes .... first assistant camera
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator
Ronald Vidor .... panaglide photographer
D. Michael Wheeler .... second assistant camera (as Michael Wheeler)
Mike Chevalier .... camera operator (uncredited)
Joseph D. Steuben .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joy Todd .... casting: Philadelphia
Cash Oshman .... Big Crowds: President (uncredited)
Sheryl Roberts .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Moore .... wardrobe: men
Aida Swinson .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Bruce Cannon .... assistant editor
Gregory M. Gerlich .... assistant editor (as Gregory Gerlich)
Gib Jaffe .... first assistant editor
Robert Raring .... color timer
Maria Stinnett-Busby .... apprentice editor (as Maria Stinnett)
Edward A. Warschilka .... assistant editor (as Edward A. Warschilka Jr.)
Location Management
Dale Benson .... location manager
Michael Polaire .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Robin Garb .... music consultant
Bill Conti .... conductor (uncredited)
Bill Conti .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Peter T. Myers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
James D. Young .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Russell McEntyre .... transportation coordinator
Ed Wirth .... transportation co-captain (as Edward Wirth)
Other crew
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Sylvester Stallone
Frank D. Barresi .... cornerman (as Frank B. Barresi)
Christopher Collins .... nutritionist/trainer
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producers
Charlie Davidson .... production accountant (as 'Charlie' Davidson)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Robin Garb .... production assistant
Barbara Harris .... looping group
Rudy Hermosillo .... physical culture expert
Linda Horner .... production executive
JoAnn May-Pavey .... production office coordinator (as Jo Ann May-Pavey)
Ray Notaro Jr. .... boxing trainer (as Ray Notaro)
David Oliver .... title designer
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Thomas A. Renesto .... technical advisor: wrestling (as Tom Renesto)
Claudia Sills .... production assistant
Damon Sinclair .... production assistant
Kimberly Sizemore .... production assistant
Sylvester Stallone .... boxing choreographer
Lori Sussman .... assistant to producers
Jim Davidson .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
S. Howard Friedland .... set medic (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Jane Oliver .... dedicatee

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rocky 3" - Japan (English title)
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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Alberta) (re-rating) (1999) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Mexico:A | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:18 (1982) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:PG (certificate #26571) | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

On the beach, Rocky sees himself in a fight flashback wearing Apollo's trunks before they were given to him. This is neither a continuity nor editing mistake. As most films are not made chronologically, the second Rocky/Clubber bout was filmed before the beach running scene. To emphasize the degree of punishment Rocky endured during the first fight, they incorporated a clip from the second in which Clubber delivers a heavy body shot. A first time viewer would not immediately notice the different style of trunks.See more »
Boom mic visible: At the beginning of the Rocky vs. Thunderlips match, the shadow of a boom mic is clearly visible on top of Thunderlip's head during the overhead shot of them just before he shoves Rocky and the match begins.See more »
Clubber Lang:Dead meat!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Take You BackSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An OK sequel to the first two but lost a lot of its umfph, 28 February 2015
Author: breakdownthatfilm-blogspot-com from United States

For the character of Rocky Balboa, success always seemed miles away. Struggling to make it through on a daily basis on the urban streets was never an easy task. His sluggish yet innocent personality made him an obvious target to individuals who wanted to take advantage of him. For all that, everything would change when he went toe-to-toe (twice) with the latest heavyweight boxing champion Apollo Creed. Even after the first fight, Rocky had become nothing short of legend. As for the rematch, it was what solidified his image as the rising star that he was. Rocky (1976) and Rocky II (1979) are the two films that book-ended this story so nicely. Of course there would be a continuation that would be in the form of this feature but did it maintain the same level of quality? It's there, but not as much. It's still a well-made and captivating entry but it lacks the substance that made the first two so gratifying to see.

The film begins like it did with its first sequel by recapping the finale of its predecessor and showing how much of a beating Rocky could really take. After winning the title, Rocky then becomes engrossed in his fame by covering promo ads, photo shoots, celebrity show cameos and interviews. Despite this, Rocky ends up confronting a new opponent named Clubber Lang (Mr. T) and discovers he may not be as prepared as he thought, so Apollo Creed returns to get Rocky in shape one last time. As for Stallone's direction on how he wanted Rocky to develop as a character, the idea was absolutely fine. When someone becomes famous and is offered riches beyond their imagination, who wouldn't indulge? The lesson behind it all is that you can't let your guard down, no matter how comfortable you feel. Nonetheless, Stallone's writing misfires a number of times in compensation for his directing.

The problems in the screenplay are that unlike its forerunners, there are a couple of scenes that do not add any meaning to the story at hand. Right at the start, Rocky has to confront his Brother-in-law Pauly (Burt Young) about his reckless behavior. Turns out that Pauly is jealous over Rocky's fame, yet the matter is resolved all within the same scene. Another is the charity match between Rocky and Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan). There's nothing wrong with this match up; who wouldn't want to see it? But the fact that it did not move the plot a long in any way other than for the spectacle of Hogan Vs Stallone had no use. These kinds of instances are wasteful. Meanwhile, the audience could have had more sentimental scenes between Rocky and his family. That's not the case though. The audience barely views any family time between Rocky, his wife Adrian and young son.

Instead, fans see Pauly constantly complaining and Adrian saying almost nothing important until close to the final act. Along with developing Rocky and his family, his opponent Clubber Lang receives little treatment either. It's hard to say if Clubber Lang's personality is actually Mr. T being himself or not. It's also another thing when a character is determined by something, but Lang doesn't seem to have a reason. Lang has hatred so strong that there's got to be more of a motive than just Rocky ignoring his demands for a match. No one holds that much resentment for a reason like that. Lang really just appears to be fuming out of nowhere for very little reason. Burgess Meredith as Mickey, Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed and Tony Burton as Creed's coach were really the only true redeeming character additions. Meredith is able to provide a touching scene with Rocky and seeing Creed and his former coach team up with Rocky is also a plus. This particular element helps humanize Creed and his followers and makes them even more likable as characters.

The other remaining components that do work like before were the music and match fights. The way the fights are choreographed still have life in them and keep the sequences moving at a brisk pace as if to emulate how fast the fists are flying. Credit also goes to Bill Butler, who also was director of photography for Rocky II (1979) and Jaws (1975). Also, because this film represents how far Rocky drifted from his original life (living style), numerous shots contain everything from floor to ceiling of glam and riches galore. It's definitely flashy and displays how much wealth Rocky acquired but it's all style over substance (as explained before). The music composed again by Bill Conti did another efficient job. This time when it came to contemporary music of the time, "Eye of the Tiger" is emphasized more than anything else. "Gonna Fly Now" is still in there but "Eye of the Tiger" was given more priority. The Rocky theme is still played throughout as well along with the softer moments that occur. It's still a decent movie but wasn't executed entirely right.

Sylvester Stallone had the right idea on how to continue Rocky's story but his screenplay misses the point by including scenes that go nowhere instead of developing all of its characters like the first two films. Mr. T as Clubber Lang was certainly the right choice for an antagonist but he too barely has much depth. The music and fight sequences all still please to a point with Carl Weathers returning but without all of its developed characters, the heart of the story doesn't feel as strong.

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