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Rocky

"His whole life was a million-to-one shot."

1976-11-21 Drama 2hr 0m

An uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight against the world heavyweight boxing champion.

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Storyline

An uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight against the world heavyweight boxing champion.

  • Released
    1976-11-21
  • Revenue
    $225,300,000
  • Budget
    $1,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 0m
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    8.1
  • Production
    Winkler Films

Crew

John G. Avildsen
Director
Sylvester Stallone
Screenplay
Irwin Winkler
Producer

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Cast

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

Robert 'Rocky' Balboa
Talia Shire

Talia Shire

Adrianna 'Adrian' Pennino
Burt Young

Burt Young

Paulie Pennino
Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers

Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith

Burgess Meredith

Mickey Goldmill
Thayer David

Thayer David

George 'Miles' Jergens
Joe Spinell

Joe Spinell

Tony Gazzo
Bill Baldwin

Bill Baldwin

Fight Announcer
Al Silvani

Al Silvani

Cut Man
George Memmoli

George Memmoli

Ice Rink Attendant
Diana Lewis

Diana Lewis

TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon

George O'Hanlon

TV Commentator
Larry Carroll

Larry Carroll

TV Interviewer
Don Sherman

Don Sherman

Bartender
Billy Sands

Billy Sands

Club Fight Announcer
Pedro Lovell

Pedro Lovell

Club Fighter
DeForest Covan

DeForest Covan

Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow

Simmy Bow

Club Corner Man
Tony Burton

Tony Burton

Tony "Duke" Evers
Hank Rolike

Hank Rolike

Apollo Corner Man
Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Paulie's Date
Frank Stallone Jr.

Frank Stallone Jr.

Streetcorner Singer
Jane Marla Robbins

Jane Marla Robbins

Owner of Pet Shop
Joe Sorbello

Joe Sorbello

Bodyguard
Frankie Van

Frankie Van

Club Fight Referee
Lou Fillipo

Lou Fillipo

Championship Fight Announcer
Robert L. Tangrea

Robert L. Tangrea

Streetcorner Singer
Peter Glassberg

Peter Glassberg

Streetcorner Singer
William E. Ring

William E. Ring

Streetcorner Singer
Joseph C. Giambelluc

Joseph C. Giambelluc

Streetcorner Singer
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Apollo Creed's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Arnold Johnson

Arnold Johnson

Spectator (uncredited)
Stu Nahan

Stu Nahan

Fight Commentator (uncredited)
Frank Pesce

Frank Pesce

Spectator (uncredited)
Lavelle Roby

Lavelle Roby

Mary Anne Creed (uncredited)
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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Rocky
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A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

This was the ultimate Rocky story wasn't it? It was inspiring with the training, it was inspiring with the fight, and it was about the ch... read more

This was the ultimate Rocky story wasn't it? It was inspiring with the training, it was inspiring with the fight, and it was about the characters and the characters are what makes a great story. The down side was Creed, he was a little under-developed in this wasn't he? They make up for it in Rocky II, III, and IV, but in Rocky he felt like a faceless nemesis didn't he? He was Mohamed Ali without real depth in this and the story could have used to develop him a little more in the first one. But... we got it in the sequels. The biggest selling point was the love story... I know mushy, right? ... but they did a great job of making it awkward and at times intimidating as well as absolutely sweet and charming and it was completely realistic and believable. You could sit down and watch it and understand how they fell for one another. You got a sense of who they were and that carried over into Rocky II... but kind of ended in III and we only caught a glimpse of it here and there until Balboa. Still, it was the low budget movie that stole out hearts. And it was the inspiring story about the underdog, and Rocky movies are best when they inspire.

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A Review by TitanGusang 10

Written by TitanGusang on 2023-03-03

Rocky is an inspiring story about an ordinary man who takes advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I do have to say, the movie ha... read more

Rocky is an inspiring story about an ordinary man who takes advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I do have to say, the movie has a rocky beginning, as the dialogue is pretty clunky and awkward at times. But after about twenty minutes, the movie really gets into its groove and had me locked in till the end. My favorite aspect of this film is the humanity it has; it takes a look at a big and intimidating fighter in Rocky and explores his emotions and insecurities. My favorite scene is when he lays in bed next to Adrian with the sudden realization that he cannot win this fight. It was an incredibly vulnerable moment for him and worked really well. As I said before, the dialogue is very inconsistent, especially in the scene at Rocky's house with Adrian. It was very unsettling to watch because she is written as if she does not want to be there, but then the next second she is in love with him. It was very weird and creepy. On the other hand, in some scenes, the dialogue is written very well, which lends itself to boosting the actors' performances. But when it is off, the acting on display is negatively affected. Despite that, this movie gets a lot more right than it does wrong in the script department. Technically, this film excels. The score is fantastic, with one of the most iconic songs in cinematic history. The cinematography is top-notch, with some incredible shots in the city and very creative angles used during the training sequences. Overall, this film lived up to every ounce of hype it had behind it, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second spent with these characters. Score: 98% | Verdict: Masterpiece

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-06-03

Sylvester Stallone is "Rocky", an enforcer for a small-time Philadelphia mobster who works out in Burgess Meredith's gym ("Mickey's") and is... read more

Sylvester Stallone is "Rocky", an enforcer for a small-time Philadelphia mobster who works out in Burgess Meredith's gym ("Mickey's") and is keen on the sister of his friend "Paulie" (Burt Young), the shy and retiring "Adrian" (Talia Shire). Meantime, World Heavyweight Champion "Apollo Creed" (Carl Weathers) finds his impeding tilte defence kybsoshed by an injured challenger. At this point serendipity takes a hand and "Creed" decides to pluck a challenger from obscurity - and he chooses the "Italian Stallion". What follows is a solid, engaging tale of grit and determination as the champion assumes it's all in the bag and together with his tight-knit team, the challenger is focussed and determined to, at least, go the distance. Sure, Stallone isn't an actor in any traditional sense - he is more of a character, he oozes the part rather then portrays it - and that is what makes this work. You are subsumed into his life, his love, his training and his ambition - almost as the then aspiring Stallone would have been whilst writing and making the film. The action scenes are first class, and the charisma offered by the star, and by trainer Meredith help this stand the test of time well. There are holes in the plot - but they are fairly easy to overlook if you allow the sentiment and strong performances to take and keep hold of your imagination. Great stuff.

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A Review by GenerationofSwine

This was the ultimate Rocky story wasn't it? It was inspiring with the training, it was inspiring with the fight, and it was about the characters and the characters are what makes a great story. The down side was Creed, he was a littl...

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A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

This was the ultimate Rocky story wasn't it? It was inspiring with the training, it was inspiring with the fight, and it was about the characters and the characters are what makes a great story. ...

read more
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A Review by TitanGusang 10

Written by TitanGusang on 2023-03-03

Rocky is an inspiring story about an ordinary man who takes advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I do have to say, the movie has a rocky beginning, as the dialogue is pretty clunky and aw...

read more
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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-06-03

Sylvester Stallone is "Rocky", an enforcer for a small-time Philadelphia mobster who works out in Burgess Meredith's gym ("Mickey's") and is keen on the sister of his friend "Paulie" (Burt Young), the...

read more