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.
The fight sequence between Rocky and Thunderlips took ten days to film. See more »
Rocky seems to have no idea how good Clubber Lang is before their first fight. As champion he would be aware of other contenders, especially the number one contender, and would have already seen footage of Lang fighting. See more »
[leaving the police station]
You wann hear I owe ya? You I owe nothin'!
No you don't owe me nothin'.
So, what do you want I should do? My sister ain't here?
You know, me and her used to be tight before you come in. I raise her she don't come down.
She don't know about this.
You can just up and go to hell, you know that?
Hey, watch your mouth, Paulie.
What? You gonna whack me? I don't sweat you. I don't sweat you!
Come on, Paulie, why don't you screw your head on right.
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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 »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
Rocky III isn't better than the previous two. The gritty realism and characterization is no longer with us and what we are given is something that's more comic-strip like and predictable. However, although it isn't brilliant, Rocky III stands out in a unique way. You can't help to be lured into fantasy when 'The Eye Of The Tiger' begins to play over the opening titles as we get a glimpse of Rocky at his best - beating an array of challengers in triumph. Rocky is a true champion. Then, we have Clubber Lang. He falls short to Apollo Creed in terms of humaness and conviction but nevertheless is a suitable draw-up for the film's story. The boxing champion of the world finds his world close to ruins after the all-mean Clubber causes his manager to have a heart attack and then beats him for his precious title. Actually, it's a common case. The bad beat the good to steal something which is good. However, the good don't usually fight back due to fear or the fact that this isn't possible. But you can place a smile on your face because we're in the movies, we're in a Rocky picture. Although the specific plot in Rocky III isn't realistic we can to relate it by this way. Rocky III helps us to enjoy ourselves while gathered around the television and also in confronting our demons.
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