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.
Earnie Shavers was initially the favorite to land the role of Clubber Lang. According to Shavers, Sylvester Stallone called him and told him the role was his once they got a formal audition out of the way. The audition was set up, with Shavers and Stallone sparring. As Shavers tells it, Stallone kept goading him not to hold back and to hit him with everything he had, but Shavers was reluctant to do so. Eventually, after Stallone began to hit him, Shavers lost his temper and punched him under the ribs, doubling Stallone over. Stallone was helped out of the ring without saying a word, and according to Shavers, he never heard from Stallone again. Interestingly however, this story has never been corroborated by anyone involved with the film. See more »
Just before the rematch between Rocky and Clubber Lang, the commentators express their surprise at how slim Rocky looks. However this would have been seen at the weigh-in and even if neither commentator had attended the weigh-in or seen footage of it they would definitely have known the weights of both boxers going into the bout. See more »
To all my love slaves out there: Thunderlips is here. In the flesh, baby. The ultimate male versus... the ultimate meatball. Ha, ha, ha.
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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 »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
Definitely the worst installment here,ROCKY III seems rushed and slapped together a fast track to maintain the title and a Mr. MOTIVATOR foe that is 2 pages from an A-TEAM script help this movie fail somewhat.however as part of the ROCKY story this is a springboard into the development of ROCKY as a champion and how he must overcome the handbag bouts he was discretely given by the infamous MICK...theres not much else to say except B.A is bad ass
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