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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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  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 21 nominations.
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Rocky
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Adrian
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Paulie
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Apollo
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Mickey
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Jergens
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Gazzo
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Mike
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Fight Announcer
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Cut Man (as Al Salvani)
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Ice Rink Attendant
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Marie
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TV Commentator
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TV Commentator
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TV Interviewer
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Dipper
Don Sherman ...
Bartender
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Club Fight Announcer
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Club Fighter
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Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow ...
Club Corner Man
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Apollo's Trainer
Hank Rolike ...
Apollo Corner Man
Shirley O'Hara ...
Secretary
Kathleen Parker ...
Paulie's Date
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Timekeeper
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Drunk
Jane Marla Robbins ...
Owner of Pet Shop
Jack Hollander ...
Fats
Joe Sorbello ...
Bodyguard
Christopher Avildsen ...
Chiptooth
Frankie Van ...
Club Fight Referee
Lou Fillipo ...
Championship Fight Announcer
Paris Eagle ...
Fighter
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Streetcorner Singer (as Frank Stallone Jr.)
Robert L. Tangrea ...
Streetcorner Singer
Peter Glassberg ...
Streetcorner Singer
William E. Ring ...
Streetcorner Singer
Joseph C. Giambelluc ...
Streetcorner Singer
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Himself
Butkus Stallone ...
Rocky's Dog
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Bobby Cassidy ...
Ringside Police Officer (uncredited)
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Apollo Creed's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Arnold Johnson ...
Spectator (uncredited)
Daniel King ...
Big Man Daniel (uncredited)
Robert Leh ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Jeri McBride ...
Tony Gazzo's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Stu Nahan ...
Fight Commentator (uncredited)
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Spectator (uncredited)
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Mary Anne Creed (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Man in unemployment line (uncredited)

Directed by

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John G. Avildsen

Written by

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Sylvester Stallone ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Chartoff ... producer
Gene Kirkwood ... executive producer
Irwin Winkler ... producer

Music by

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Bill Conti

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James Crabe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Scott Conrad ... film editor
Richard Halsey ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Scott Conrad ... film editor
Janice Hampton ... assistant film editor
Geoffrey Rowland ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Caro Jones

Production Design by

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William J. Cassidy ... (as Bill Cassidy)

Art Direction by

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James H. Spencer

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Ray Molyneaux ... (as Raymond Molyneaux)

Makeup Department

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Michael Westmore ... makeup creator (as Mike Westmore)

Production Management

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Hal W. Polaire ... executive in charge of production (as Hal Polaire)
Ted Swanson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred T. Gallo ... first assistant director (as Fred Gallo)
Steve Perry ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Mike Miner ... props
David Nichols ... visual consultant

Sound Department

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Ray Alba ... post-production sound
Gene Ashbrook ... sound mixer (as B. Eugene Ashbrook)
John Farrell ... looping editor
Bert Schoenfeld ... post-production sound (as Burt Schoenfeld)
Harry W. Tetrick ... sound
Bud Alper ... sound (uncredited)
Lyle J. Burbridge ... sound (uncredited)
Ken Dufva ... foley artist (uncredited)
William L. McCaughey ... sound (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... sound (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jimmy Nickerson ... stunt co-ordinator (as Jim Nickerson)
Glory Fioramonti ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... stunts (uncredited)
Gray Johnson ... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie Moore ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Garrett Brown ... special camera effects
Richard J. Edesa ... first assistant cameraman (as Dick Edessa)
Gene Kearney ... key grip
Ross A. Maehl ... electrical gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
Elliott Marks ... still photographer
Jack Willoughby ... camera operator
Ralf D. Bode ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Chevalier ... camera operator (uncredited)
Donald L. Hartley ... best boy (uncredited)
Calvin Maehl ... best boy electric (uncredited)
Aristides Pappidas ... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Serge Poupis ... first assistant camera: additional camera (uncredited)
Kit Whitmore ... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Mark F. Hill ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robert Cambel ... costumer
Joanne Hutchinson ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Dale Benson ... location manager
Marge Rowland ... location auditor

Music Department

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Joe Tuley ... music editor (as Joseph Tuley Jr.)
Bill Conti ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Ami Hadani ... music engineer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Mike Grover ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Joan Arnold ... production secretary
Janet Crosby ... assistant to producer (as Janet Crosy)
Jimmy Gambina ... technical advisor
Gloria Gonzales ... assistant to the producer
Lloyd Kaufman ... pre-production supervisor
David Kramer ... publicist
Joseph Letizia ... liaison: Philadelphia (as Joe Letizia)
Bonnie Prendergast ... script supervisor
Carol Rosenstein ... assistant to the director
Sylvester Stallone ... boxing choreographer
Jeff Kanew ... trailer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Steve Sayre ... assistant fight choreographer (uncredited)

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Jane Oliver ... dedicatee
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines You have a ringside seat for the bloodiest bicentennial in history! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Роки (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Rocky, ta hrysa gantia (Greece)
  • Roki (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • Rocky: Um Lutador (Brazil)
  • Roki (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $960,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,000,000, 05 Dec 1976
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $225,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia After producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff became interested in the script, they offered Sylvester Stallone an unprecedented 350,000 dollars for the rights, but he refused to sell unless they agreed to allow him to star in the film (this despite the fact that he had only 106 dollars in the bank, no car and was trying to sell his dog because he couldn't afford to feed it). They agreed, but only on the condition that Stallone continue to work as a writer without a fee, and that he work as an actor for scale. After Winkler and Chartoff purchased the film, they took it to United Artists, who envisioned a budget of two million dollars, but that was on the basis of using an established star (they particularly wanted Robert Redford, Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds or James Caan). United Artists didn't want Stallone to star, and when Winkler and Chartoff told them that the only way they could get him to sell the screenplay was to agree to cast him, United Artists cut the budget to one million dollars, and had Chartoff and Winkler sign agreements that if the film went over budget, they would be personally liable. The final cost of the film was 1.1 million dollars. The 0.1 million dollars came after Chartoff and Winkler mortgaged their houses, so as to complete the project. See more »
Goofs During the big fight, the arena is clearly empty at times. This is because only 50 extras could be afforded for the scenes, and despite cinematographer James Crabe's best efforts to hide this fact, occasional, if one looks hard enough, one can see most of the arena is empty. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Rocky IV (1985). See more »
Soundtracks Take Me Back See more »
Crazy Credits Butkus the dog is credited as "Butkus Stallone". See more »
Quotes Rocky: I can't do it.
Adrian: What?
Rocky: I can't beat him.
Adrian: Apollo?
Rocky: Yeah. I been out there walkin' around, thinkin'. I mean, who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league.
Adrian: What are we gonna do?
Rocky: I don't know.
Adrian: You worked so hard.
Rocky: Yeah, that don't matter. 'Cause I was nobody before.
Adrian: Don't say that.
Rocky: Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood.
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