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.
Sylvester Stallone admits that after Rocky II (1979), he ran out of ideas and this and Rocky IV (1985) focus more on the fight and training, whereas the first two films had more elements than just about boxing. See more »
At about the 1 hour and 6 minute mark, when Duke and Apollo are watching footage from the first Clubber fight and discussing Rocky's stamina, right after Apollo says "we'll be outta steam, man.", the footage shows a camera view from behind Clubber's head - the camera operator is clearly standing inside the ring. They are watching a scene from the movie within the movie. See more »
[during the rematch with Lang]
He's gettin' killed out there!
No, no, no! He ain't gettin' killed; he's gettin' mad!
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At the end of the credits there is the following statement: 'This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver'. See more »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
30 minutes shorter than its predecessors-- according to audience reactions I still disagree with, that's the same curse that held "Superman IV" in Hollywood Purgatory (or maybe lower).
Thank heavens "Rocky III" is still an enjoyable piece of work!
For Stallone's second shot in the director's chair, he pits his famous character against Clubber Lang, a testosterone-oozing Mr. T. The trouble is, has Rocky grown complacent in light of his massive celebrity?
While it does stick to something of a formula, R3 still comes out swinging, with more humor and better drama than the first two, but doesn't reach the cheer-inspiring fever pitch of the second.
A worthwhile entry.
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