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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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Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM

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:

$12,431,486, 30 May 1982

Gross USA:

$125,049,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,049,125
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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

The fact that Mickey Goldmill turns out to be Jewish was surprising to fans and even Sylvester Stallone himself, as much of the material involving the character for the first two movies and scenes before his death strongly hinted he was Irish-American. The main reason for highlighting Mickey's ethnicity was the film's wish to pay tribute to the many Jewish Americans who had been successful trainers throughout boxing history, as many of these real people were as old or older than Burgess Meredith when this film released in 1982. See more »

Goofs

During the statue dedication, the marching band plays, "Gonna Fly Now," marking the first and only time in the Rocky series that the song is played live where Rocky can actually hear it as a part of the actual plot. All other times, the song, along with the other soundtrack pieces play as a backdrop to the movie. Since backdrop songs to any movie aren't actually parts to the plot, the playing of the song, "Gonna Fly Now," would technically be a song Rocky and everybody else have never heard before, leading to some ambiguity by Rocky and his family as to why a song they don't know is being played. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Jr.: [Rocky as he reads the story about Goldilocks to his son] Then what happened to Goldilocks?
Rocky Balboa: Happened to her? I'm not exactly sure.
Paulie: Busted for trespassing and got 30 days in the cooler.
Rocky Balboa: Oh, that's real nice, Paulie.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

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Soundtracks

Pushin
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Frank Stallone
Performed by Frank Stallone
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User Reviews

 
Rocky Goes Hollywood
20 April 2017 | by Harpoon924See all my reviews

If Rocky and Rocky II are the crown jewels of this franchise, then Rocky III has to be its gold plated pinky ring, complementing a faux Gucci wardrobe spritzed with bad cologne.

Rocky goes Hollywood in the third installment of the series as he tries to find himself while training in LA to battle Mr. T, who at least looks good as a sports movie villain.

It's not a terrible movie. You get what you've already come to expect from Rocky movies- good action, Rocky's ongoing conflicts and also a little more insight into Apollo Creed who was always one of the most interesting characters in the series.

The only problem here is that Rocky III just screams "80s movie" louder than anything you've ever seen- with juiced up bodies, oily training montages and Eye of the Tiger kicking in all over the place. You could be forgiven if you thought you tuned into Miami Vice by mistake. So, it's a little tackier than the first two but probably the last one that was really any good.


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