After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

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Sylvester Stallone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ian Fried ... Rocky Jr.
Al Silvani ... Al
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Clubber's Manager
Jim Hill Jim Hill ... Sportscaster
Don Sherman ... Andy
Dennis James ... Wrestling Commentator
Jim Healy Jim Healy ... Wrestling Commentator
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Storyline

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.

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Rocky III - An American Tradition... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the rematch with Lang, when Rocky spits on Paulie, it was an accident. Burt Young's reaction is genuine. See more »

Goofs

Just after the rematch has started in one shot you see in the background Apollo is on the left and Paulie is on the right, then in the next when Apollo says, "He looks fantastic," Apollo is on the right and Paule is on the left. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: Would you care to comment on how you plan to fight Balboa? What's your strategy?
Clubber Lang: Don't need any. Balboa's so predictable and stupid, the man comes straight ahead. He's tailor-made for me and he's gonna get hurt.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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.
  • A funeral march for Mickey (Burgess Meredith).
  • The dialogue between Apollo ('Carl Weathers') and Rocky in Mick's Gym is longer.
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Soundtracks

Take You Back
Written and Performed by Frank Stallone
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Bigger but not better.
9 November 2019 | by MrPupkinSee all my reviews

An unnecessary but entertaining chapter to the Rocky saga. Stallone laces up the gloves again. A very cliche and somewhat-misdirected plot, dialogue and moral knocks it down, but the energetic action and boxing drama and glory brings it back up and continues to swing to the final bell.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,431,486, 30 May 1982

Gross USA:

$125,049,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,052,686
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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