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Rocky Balboa (2006)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 20 December 2006 (USA)
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Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.


Sylvester Stallone


Sylvester Stallone, Sylvester Stallone (characters)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa
Burt Young ... Paulie
Antonio Tarver ... Mason 'The Line' Dixon
Geraldine Hughes ... Marie
Milo Ventimiglia ... Robert Balboa Jr.
Tony Burton ... Duke
A.J. Benza A.J. Benza ... L.C.
James Francis Kelly III ... Steps
Talia Shire ... Adrian (archive footage)
Lou DiBella ... Lou DiBella
Mike Tyson ... Mike Tyson
Henry G. Sanders ... Martin
Pedro Lovell ... Spider Rico
Ana Gerena ... Isabel
Angela Boyd ... Angie


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 Shawn Ashley

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's not about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward See more »


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for boxing violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky VI: Puncher's Chance See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,003,904, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one shot where Rocky walks out of the restaurant to talk to his son you can clearly see him (Rocky) wearing a Dempsy t-shirt/sweater, apparently as a tribute to former world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. See more »


In the montage for Mason before the fight, you can see "Tarver" on his trunks in at least one of the clips. Antonio Tarver is the name of the boxer who played Mason. See more »


[first lines]
HBO Commentator: Yet another quick knockout for Mason Dixon, almost perfunctory; the fans let him know how they feel about it.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Libiamo, Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici
from "La Traviata"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
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User Reviews

It Ain't Over 'til It's Over - Third favorite best Rocky movie for me!
4 November 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Rocky Balboa (2006) is truly the best Rocky Movie since Rocky III and IV, maybe the best of all time!! Still the first movie is the best, Rocky Balboa is close to the first film, the best movie in the series of all time! It is my second favorite best film In the series. I love this movie to death the same as I love Rocky I,III and IV to death! in my opinion it is better than new movie Creed! For me Rocky IV will be the best in the series. This movie brings closure to the ultimate sports movie. This movie showed the true essence of who Rocky was and what he was all about. The film has a heart unlike Rocky V who did not had a heart. The most that I love In this film is, the training sequence. The film is fast paced, entraining, not boring or over too long. It truly follows the roots from the first Rocky film, it is a 30.year anniversary after the success of the first Rocky film from the 70's. I love how Rocky meets little Marie (Geraldine Hughes) after 30.years and everything what Rocky predicted in the first film, really happened to her. Tony Duke (Tony Burton) did return in this film. There is no Adrian (Talia Shire) in this film, I am happy she wasn't in here. I heard something that Stallone did not cast her in the film, because she wanted much more money.

Rocky, helped Marie and her son. He adopted little puppy and he run the stairs of his former statue. Running with his dog on the stairs was one the most touching sequences, I have ever saw! The speech he gives his son is probably one of the most inspiring speeches I've ever heard. This movie is Stallone's masterpiece, moving, touching, not boring unlike (II & V), Sylvester Stallone gave his best performance after the first film , I ever seen. The fighting sequences are realistic like in the first film! Antonio Tarver (Mason 'The Line' Dixon) wanted more money before he would agree to star in this film, so Sylvester Stallone gave half of his salary so that he did started in this film.

Rocky Balboa (2006) was a huge impressive improvement over Rocky V. The fifth movie was the most sad film to the series I have ever saw. Even Sylvester Stallone him self was very disappointed with the flick, how it ended. I even heard they originally wanted to kill the Character Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone did not allowed that to happened with his character he invented. I am glad that he did come back after 16.years of disappointment to redeem him self and the most beloved character of the history! I have singly enjoyed this film, more than I did Rocky II, IV and V.

People keeps saying Rocky V goes back to his roots well that would be Rocky Balboa not Rocky V. Rocky Balboa is going once back they way he was in Rocky I we see Little Marie after 30.years and everything what he predicted really happened to her. Rocky Balboa in this movie he has a heart we also see Spider Rico. Thank god there was no Adrian in this movie she annoyed the hell out of me. Sylvester Stallone made in my opinion one of the best movies and wonderful performance in my opinion. Rocky III, Rocky I and Rocky Balboa are in my top three best movies of Rocky that I absolutely love. After the huge disappointment in Rocky 5, Stallone has come back with a vengeance to complete this historic franchise. And he does it in style. The story is simple, but the characters are beautifully portrayed. I also heard that Stallone was planning to make this film in 2004 after a failure of Rocky V (1990) and he executed perfectly!

"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"

Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon. That is your basic plot.

I love this film to death, It is my second favorite best film of the series that I just love and Enjoy. I am giving it a 10/10, because the film deserves it.

Rocky Balboa (also known as Rocky VI) is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role as the title character. The 2006 film in the Rocky series that began with the Academy Award-winning Rocky thirty years earlier in 1976.

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