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.
Stallone told Johnny Carson in 1982 that he and Mr. T decided to "go all out" from the middle to the end of their last round. See more »
In reality, Mickey could not handpick all of Rocky's opponents. Rocky would be required to fight who the number one contender by the boxing commission, which in this case is Clubber Lang. If he didn't, he would be stripped of his title and there would be a match between the top two contenders to determine a new champion. See more »
Excuse me. Could I get a kiss?
[the fan kisses him, but Mickey pushes her back]
Get outta here! Will ya? This is like fighting in a zoo. This is a zoo, you know? Is that the way you train for Clubber? He ain't gonna kiss ya! He gonna kill ya! Ya know that?
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"Rocky" is actually displayed on screen three separate times at the start of the film (first scrolling onto the screen from right to left (along with the number III), then spelled out with fireworks, and finally in simple text at the bottom right of the screen (again with III), several minutes later). 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.
30 minutes shorter than its predecessors-- according to audience reactions I still disagree with, that's the same curse that held "Superman IV" in Hollywood Purgatory (or maybe lower).
Thank heavens "Rocky III" is still an enjoyable piece of work!
For Stallone's second shot in the director's chair, he pits his famous character against Clubber Lang, a testosterone-oozing Mr. T. The trouble is, has Rocky grown complacent in light of his massive celebrity?
While it does stick to something of a formula, R3 still comes out swinging, with more humor and better drama than the first two, but doesn't reach the cheer-inspiring fever pitch of the second.
A worthwhile entry.
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