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.
A song titled "You're the Best" performed by Joe Esposito was recorded for the film. But Stallone rejected it in favor of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". "You're the Best" was later used in The Karate Kid (1984). Coincidently, Survivor also performed the theme song (The Moment of Truth) for The Karate Kid. See more »
If you compare the movie time to actual time, during the third round of the final fight Clubber would have been knocked down at 2:56 of the third round. Therefore he would have been "saved by the bell" as the bell would have rung before he could be counted out. See more »
The opening credits are played over a montage of Rocky's title defenses and Clubber Lang's rise to power in the ring. The closing credits are played over a painting of Rocky and Apollo fighting. See more »
Late 2000's/early 2010's AMC broadcasts in the US used the sped-up 25 fps PAL video from a 24 fps film source. However, current AMC broadcasts in the US now slow down the film's original audio pitch and speed at 4%. See more »
If Rocky and Rocky II are the crown jewels of this franchise, then Rocky III has to be its gold plated pinky ring, complementing a faux Gucci wardrobe spritzed with bad cologne.
Rocky goes Hollywood in the third installment of the series as he tries to find himself while training in LA to battle Mr. T, who at least looks good as a sports movie villain.
It's not a terrible movie. You get what you've already come to expect from Rocky movies- good action, Rocky's ongoing conflicts and also a little more insight into Apollo Creed who was always one of the most interesting characters in the series.
The only problem here is that Rocky III just screams "80s movie" louder than anything you've ever seen- with juiced up bodies, oily training montages and Eye of the Tiger kicking in all over the place. You could be forgiven if you thought you tuned into Miami Vice by mistake. So, it's a little tackier than the first two but probably the last one that was really any good.
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