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.
Rocky's home exterior in the movie is actually the home in Chicago that Muhammad Ali lived in at the time of the movie's production. See more »
During the initial beach scenes and intermittently during his talk with Adrian, Rocky's hair is longer, he has sideburns and is more fuller faced. It seems the first beach scene and some of the talk with Adrian were shot or re-shot at a later date, as Sylvester Stallone is beginning to look the way he did in First Blood which was his next project. See more »
[before the rematch with Rocky]
Hey, boy. Hey, boy. After I crucify him, you next.
Just stay outta my face, chump.
[turns his back on Clubber]
Don't turn your back on me, sucka!
[he shoves Apollo and a melee breaks out]
[after the scuffle is broken up]
I thought you said be cool!
That *was* cool!
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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 »
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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