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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

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Fighter. A Lover. A Legend. The Greatest Challenge. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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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:

$125,049,125
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Apollo Creed: [during the rematch with Lang] He's gettin' killed out there!
Paulie: No, no, no! He ain't gettin' killed; he's gettin' mad!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits there is the following statement: 'This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver'. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Fly Now
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
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User Reviews

 
Wow, Look Who's Still Got It!
11 November 2007 | by RiffRaffMcKinleySee all my reviews

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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