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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.


Sylvester Stallone
1,864 ( 1,113)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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


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.

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The legend continues...The Italian Stallion is back!! See more »


Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


In 1981, as an eight-year-old living in Philadelphia's Lawncrest neighborhood, Nikol Bird went door to door, gathering signatures to keep the eight-foot, six-inch, one ton bronze statue of Rocky Balboa forever at the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The city had refused to keep the prop in front of the world-class museum, and Sylvester Stallone shipped the statue back to Los Angeles. But little Nikol mounted a campaign to bring the statue back. She set up a table outside Veterans Stadium the night Pete Rose passed Ty Cobb on the list of all-time hits leader, and gathered 2,000 signatures. In all, she collected more than 10,000 and presented them to City Council. Stallone was grateful. The statue was put back at the steps briefly in 1982 for the opening of Rocky III, and Stallone hoisted Nikol above his head at the dedication ceremony, then escorted her to the premiere at the Sameric on Chestnut Street. See more »


The original Rocky was set in late 1975/early 1976. Mickey says he's 76 years old which would mean he was born in 1899. However his grave marker says he was born in 1905. See more »


Clubber Lang: I'm gonna torture him. I'm gonna crucify him. Real bad.
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Crazy Credits

For the first time in the series, Tony Burton's character is credited (and referred to on screen for the first time) as Duke. See more »

Alternate Versions

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.
  • A funeral march for Mickey (Burgess Meredith).
  • The dialogue between Apollo ('Carl Weathers') and Rocky in Mick's Gym is longer.
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Spoofed in Family Guy: Baby, You Knock Me Out (2010) See more »


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

He made one more remake of "Rocky" and he nailed it again
28 December 2016 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

After "Rocky II", which is almost a 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 the same movie in slightly different arrangements?! The answer is - Obviously longer than common sense allows. The movie was blockbuster, it launched the song "Eye of the Tiger" in unbelievable heights, and it achieved crazy success in every way. However crazy it may sound, rearranging of the Rocky story works and it works well. The story is good, acting and directing too, the soundtrack kicks ass, and the movie keeps attention from the first till the very last moment, and it really leaves a strong impression. I'm a little bit ashamed to like it, but I really do, very much.


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Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,431,486, 30 May 1982

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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