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Rocky III (1982)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 28 May 1982 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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Drama | Sport

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Trivia

The fact that Mickey Goldmill turns out to be Jewish was surprising to fans and even Sylvester Stallone himself, as much of the material involving the character for the first two movies and scenes before his death strongly hinted he was Irish-American. The main reason for highlighting Mickey's ethnicity was the film's wish to pay tribute to the many Jewish Americans who had been successful trainers throughout boxing history, as many of these real people were as old or older than Burgess Meredith when this film released in 1982. See more »

Goofs

During the statue dedication, the marching band plays, "Gonna Fly Now," marking the first and only time in the Rocky series that the song is played live where Rocky can actually hear it as a part of the actual plot. All other times, the song, along with the other soundtrack pieces play as a backdrop to the movie. Since backdrop songs to any movie aren't actually parts to the plot, the playing of the song, "Gonna Fly Now," would technically be a song Rocky and everybody else have never heard before, leading to some ambiguity by Rocky and his family as to why a song they don't know is being played. See more »

Quotes

Female fan: Excuse me. Could I get a kiss?
Rocky Balboa: Yeah, sure.
[the fan kisses him, but Mickey pushes her back]
Mickey: Get outta here! Will ya? This is like fighting in a zoo. This is a zoo, you know? Is that the way you train for Clubber? He ain't gonna kiss ya! He gonna kill ya! Ya know that?
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Crazy Credits

"Rocky" is actually displayed on screen three separate times at the start of the film (first scrolling onto the screen from right to left (along with the number III), then spelled out with fireworks, and finally in simple text at the bottom right of the screen (again with III), several minutes later). See more »

Alternate Versions

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Take You Back
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Rise and fall from grace - undoubtedly tied best classic movie with IV!
3 November 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Rocky III (1982) is definitely tied best Rocky film with IV. It is my third favorite Rocky film. The first one will always be the best. I think the third entry of the franchise is a big improvement over Rocky II in my opinion. He's on top of the world now, bags a statue, and for some reason, Adrian became attractive in this one. Like, REALLY attractive. He got soft, he got arrogant, and he got lazy. He lost his trainer, his title, and most of all, his self-respect to one of the most that makes me angry villains ever to grace the silver screen: Mr. T's Oscar-robbed performance as Clubber Lang and had to regain the 'eye of the tiger' to get it all back in front of the world. This one also proves further that Apollo Creed is human. Guy went from an arrogant prick and sore loser to Rocky's finest ally. Kudos, Carl. I love Mr. T he become famous after this movie there is also Hulk Hogan in it. Adrian in this movie is very supportive and I love Apollo how he was helping Rocky. Rocky III has a heart beside Rocky I.

Why I love this film? This is the only Rocky film in which Adrian is well written - to further support my stance that III fires on all cylinders. Really, what purpose does Adrian serve in II, IV and V? She spends most of those movies telling Rocky not to fight - she is not supportive and just a burden to him. In this one, she actually encourages him and is an asset (speach on the beach.) Heck, there wouldn't be much of Rocky II if not for her objections to. It is the best all around Rocky movie. On a literary level (story), entertainment level, filmmaking level, boxing choreography, characters, etc... The fight at the end actually means something for Rocky. He has something to gain from it (unlike V.) This and Rocky I are the ONLY two Rocky movies where Adrian actually encourages Rocky the whole time (unlike II, IV, and V.) Mr. T is perfectly cast. It was so successful because it was the best.

Rocky lost everything his manager, his title, his self respect and mostly he lost his edge! Like Apollo said "Now, when we fought, you had that eye of the tiger, man; the edge! And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning." That's what I love. When you lose something don't quit. You need gained back the thing you lost. I love how Apollo motivated Rocky in this film and I think Apollo is well written and portrayed in here. I seriously I think Carl Weathers did a wonderful job portraying arrogant Apollo to an awesome Rocky's friend, to a support and ally. I was surprised Apollo was back in the third entry of the Series franchise. I love the training sequences and the music Score by Bill Conti the same score he used in Rocky I, and II. The same year that Sylvester Stallone made Rocky III the same year he went and started in First Blood, his famous role to this days Rambo!

Carl Weathers also said that Rocky III is his favorite film he made. Not only that it is the only Rocky sequel film who won another Oscar award, which is the only one. Beside Carl Weathers I think Mr. T was the best actor portraying a villain in this movie I love how he provoked Rocky I really love that. This is the only film the lasted three rounds. The film has two fight with Clubber Lang (Mr. T) and more fights in which Rocky and Clubber are attending too in the opening scene. Rocky fights a wrestler Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan) in this film. I also love the music score Eye of the Tiger performed by Survivor!

I love this film it is my third best favorite rocky film alongside with Rocky IV. The rating I am giving is 9.5/10, I would have give it 10, I didn't because Mickey dies in this film and that was the most shocking disturbing scene to me.

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. That is the basic main plot.

Rocky III is a 1982 American film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is the third installment in the Rocky film series, and the second in the franchise to be directed by Stallone.

9.5/10 Grade: A


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Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,431,486, 30 May 1982

Gross USA:

$125,049,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,049,125
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1.37 : 1
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