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Rocky (1976)

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A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rocky
... Adrian
... Paulie
... Apollo
... Mickey
... Jergens
... Gazzo
... Mike
... Fight Announcer
... Cut Man (as Al Salvani)
... Ice Rink Attendant
... Marie
... TV Commentator
... TV Commentator
... TV Interviewer
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Storyline

Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" to become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Meet the "Italian Stallion": a small-time guy with big-time guts who yearns to be a hero...just once! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Roki  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,000,000, 5 December 1976

Gross USA:

$117,235,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,000,000
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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The poster seen above the ring before Rocky fights Apollo Creed shows Rocky wearing red shorts with a white stripe when he actually wears white shorts with a red stripe. When Rocky points this out he is told that "it doesn't really matter does it?". According to John G. Avildsen's DVD commentary, this was an actual mistake made by the props department that they could not afford to rectify, so Sylvester Stallone wrote the brief scene to ensure the audience didn't see it as a goof (Carl Weathers would, ironically, wear white-striped red shorts for the Creed-Balboa rematch in Rocky II (1979)). Avildsen said that the same situation arose with Rocky's robe. When it came back from the costume department, it was far too baggy for Stallone. And because the robe arrived on the day of filming the scene and there was no chance of replacing or altering it, instead of ignoring this and risk the audience laughing at it, Stallone wrote the dialogue where Rocky himself points out the robe is too big. See more »

Goofs

When Rocky is getting his eyelid cut open, if you look closely, the man cutting it is actually squeezing a tube of fake blood onto Rocky's eye. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Club fight attendee: Come on, Spider!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the title of the film scrolling from right to left underscored by music. However, instead of just doing the opening credits for the cast, Rocky is shown boxing. The rest of the credits appear later as Rocky is shown walking down a street, and this time there is nothing underscoring the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in That '70s Show: The Kids Are Alright (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Take My Heart Away
(uncredited)
Written by Deetta Little
Performed by Deetta Little
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A great Sylvester Stallone film
18 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you think Sylvester Stallone has made nothing but stinkers you just have to see 'Rocky'. This is a brilliant film, based on Stallone's own screenplay, where he plays a complex character in such a terrific way it is not strange people thought this was going to be a great actor. Compare it to another great film about a boxer, 'Raging Bull', and 'Rocky' will be better at some points. It goes without saying that it's quite an achievement.

The story is about Rocky Balboa (Stallone), a boxer who once had a glorious future, but now fights for little money in gyms. Then, out of the blue, he gets the chance to fight the heavyweight champ Apollo (Carl Weathers), a stunt from his side. Although Rocky seems to have no chance he starts his training to make the best of it, although at first he is too proud to accept any help. The scene where he finally accepts the help from his old trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) is one of the best scenes in the film. Rocky also starts dating the very shy girl Adrian (Talia Shire), sister of his friend Paulie (Burt Young).

'Rocky' is a terrific film in every aspect. The acting is what amazed me the most. Stallone gives such an impressive performance it is very hard to believe he is also the star of films like 'Over the Top', 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' and 'Judge Dredd', and from the other 'Rocky'-films for that matter. Not only Stallone is impressive, Shire, Young and Meredith find perfect notes for their characters as well. Every little thing that happens seems natural through their acting and of course Stallone's screenplay does a great job here. Director John G. Avildsen serves this material the way he should. Of course he is no Martin Scorsese, 'Raging Bull' stays the better directed film, but he knows how to tell this story.

I do not like boxing very much, so a boxing-film is not something I would enjoy. But this is not a boxing-film, it is a film about a boxer. It tells about a character who happens to be a boxer running for a title. This is probably one of the points where the other four 'Rocky'-films fail and where films like this one and 'Raging Bull' and Clint Eastwood's 'Million Dollar Baby' succeed.


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