When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages.Written by
As he had done with the previous five films, writer Sylvester Stallone incorporated a great deal of biographical material into this film. As Stallone himself explains on the DVD commentary, to a certain extent, Mason Dixon is based on himself; a man who has made some bad decisions after taking advice from people who didn't really have his best interests at heart. See more »
After the pre-fight prayer with Spider Rico, Rocky calls Spider Rico 'Pedro'. Spider Rico is played by Pedro Lovell. "Spider" is clearly a nickname, so it is possible the character's name is Pedro "Spider" Rico. As Tony Burton plays a character named Tony "Duke" Evers, and many other actors in the Rocky movies use their given names as their character names, this is not outside the realm of possibility. See more »
Yet another quick knockout for Mason Dixon, almost perfunctory; the fans let him know how they feel about it.
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The first set of end credits features fans of all ages running up the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The second set of credits features a shot of Rocky standing alone at the top of the steps. See more »
It's a Fight
Written by D.J. Paul and Juicy J
Produced by DJ Paul & Juicy J
Performed by Three 6 Mafia
Three 6 Mafia appears courtesy of Hypnotize Minds Productions / Sony Urban Music / Columbia Records See more »
secret to this movie
If you are a film buff you know for example that Bogey did a number of films especially late in his career which, while not exactly Maltese Falcon, were nonetheless solid and entertaining.
So that is the key to this film. Understand that Stallone, who I think will be idolized by viewers of the future, does not know the meaning of the word quit. The oddsmakers said Rocky would stop at the second. When the 4th came out and was rock-solid (!) Hollywood was stunned.
Rocky 5 was a bit of a lemon but again Stallone never quits.
If you have seen all the Rocky films and they are still fresh in your mind, then his film will be a treat.
If you on the other hand are not a fan, or just arrived from another planet, then what you have is a well-told and well-acted drama that builds into a pretty good boxing film.
Either way you win.
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