Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.
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When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages. Written by
Stallone's original cut of the film ran near 2 1/2 hours. This cut of the film played to sneak preview audiences on May 15th, 2006. This was before MGM demanded Stallone cut the film down to an hour and forty-five minutes (the release print eventually ran an hour and forty-two minutes). Scenes cut out that are not included on the DVD release include:
After talking with his son, Rocky follows a woman up an escalator, thinking she's Adrian. When he gets to her, he discovers she, of course, isn't.
There were many more visits to Adrian's grave in the original cut.
Rocky's brain damage being shown to have not been brain damage at all was trimmed from the license scene.
Two training sequences: one of Rocky doing weight training as well as Mason Dixon doing his training to the tune of Survivor's "Fire Makes Steel" and afterward was a Rocky-only training sequence scored with "Gonna Fly Now". These two sequences were squished together for the final print.
Before the fight, Marie and Rocky share a hug.
Rocky says hi to Mike Tyson before the fight.
The film was also shot with four endings so as not to spoil the end to the watching crowd. They are 1.) Rocky loses the fight by decision. 2.) Rocky loses the fight by K.O. 3.) Rocky wins the fight by decision. 4.) Rocky wins the fight by K.O.
When rocky is training at the end and is punching the air with his fists,you can hear someone say 'Go Rambo'. See more »
Yet another quick knockout for Mason Dixon, almost perfunctory; the fans let him know how they feel about it.
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The first set of end credits features fans of all ages running up the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The second set of credits features a shot of Rocky standing alone at the top of the steps. See more »
I had the opportunity to see a screening of this movie. Having been thoroughly disappointed with Rocky five, I didn't have high hopes for this movie. I am very happy to say this movie brings the Rocky series to the rightful close that the fifth left so empty. This movie isn't so much about the boxing itself, but getting back to the roots of the Rocky story...that determination and courage with the love and help of others makes Rocky a winner no matter what.
This movie is rated PG, and parents will be happy to see that the graphic nature of boxing has been toned down quite a bit in this movie compared to others in the series. If you're looking for a touching family movie with a powerful message, Rocky Balboa is definitely a movie to see. I think adults and children over the age of 10 will throughly enjoy this movie.
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