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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.

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Sylvester Stallone
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The greatest challenge. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,015,408, 31 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$125,049,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Clubber Lang: [before the rematch with Rocky] Hey, boy. Hey, boy. After I crucify him, you next.
Apollo Creed: Just stay outta my face, chump.
[turns his back on Clubber]
Clubber Lang: Don't turn your back on me, sucka!
[he shoves Apollo and a melee breaks out]
Rocky Balboa: [after the scuffle is broken up] I thought you said be cool!
Apollo Creed: That *was* cool!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits there is the following statement: 'This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver'. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Take You Back
(uncredited)
Written by Frank Stallone
Sung by Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire
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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 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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