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 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 »
Several scenes were added for the European Theatrical Release:
During the Thunderlips charity fight, there are several glances between Rocky and Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
A romantic scene between Rocky and Adrian before the Statue unveiling.
He made one more remake of Rocky and he nailed it again :)
After Rocky II, which is almost remake of original Rocky, Rocky III is pouring sand in the desert. If someone told me what is it about I would be like - Really, Sylvester, how long do you think you can take people's money by simply rearranging same movie in slightly different arrangements ?! The answer is - Obviously longer than common sense allows. Movie was blockbuster, it launched song "Eye of the Tiger" in unbelievable heights and it achieved crazy success in every way. However crazy it may sound, rearranging of Rocky story works and it works well. Story is good, acting and directing too, soundtracks kicks ass and movie keeps attention from the first till the very last moment and it really leaves strong impression. I'm a little bit ashamed to like it, but I really do, very much.
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