Sylvester Stallone returns to the character which made him famous in this wildly successful sequel. Rocky III starts with the Italian Stallion so famous that his likeness is everywhere, including pinball machines. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to young thug Clubber Lang (Mr. T), who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's beloved trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), before their first championship bout. After sinking into a depression, Balboa must regain the love and support of his family, as well as the elusive "eye of the tiger," the hungry need to beat the opponent which former foe Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) teaches him during this film's training sequence. In the end, Balboa faces off against Lang for a second time.
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 »
When Rocky is in training for the re-match with Clubber and is having flashbacks to the first fight, they cut to a scene in black and white where Rocky is taking an uppercut to the body. It is clearly visible that Rocky is wearing the "Stars and Stripes" trunks that Apollo gives to him right before the re-match. Rocky could not have been wearing these trunks because they hadn't even been given to him yet. See more »
[Adrian, deeply concerned, walks towards Rocky on the beach]
Can I talk to you? I wanna ask you something important, and I want you to tell me the truth.
Why'd you come here?
I just don't want it no more.
If it's over because you want it to be over, I'm glad.
It's just... you never quit anything since I known you.
I don't know what you want me to say. I mean, what happened? How did everything that was so good get so bad?
What's so bad? Tell me, what?
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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 »
Several scenes were added for the European Theatrical Release:
During the Thunderlips charity fight, there are several glances between Rocky and Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
A romantic scene between Rocky and Adrian before the Statue unveiling.
If Rocky and Rocky II are the crown jewels of this franchise, then Rocky III has to be its gold plated pinky ring, complementing a faux Gucci wardrobe spritzed with bad cologne.
Rocky goes Hollywood in the third installment of the series as he tries to find himself while training in LA to battle Mr. T, who at least looks good as a sports movie villain.
It's not a terrible movie. You get what you've already come to expect from Rocky movies- good action, Rocky's ongoing conflicts and also a little more insight into Apollo Creed who was always one of the most interesting characters in the series.
The only problem here is that Rocky III just screams "80s movie" louder than anything you've ever seen- with juiced up bodies, oily training montages and Eye of the Tiger kicking in all over the place. You could be forgiven if you thought you tuned into Miami Vice by mistake. So, it's a little tackier than the first two but probably the last one that was really any good.
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