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Rocky [1976]

Director:John G. Avildsen
Writer:Sylvester Stallone
Composer:Bill Conti
Length:119 minutes
(1 hour 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Reaction: Well made though it is very deliberately paced. But there is a reason this became the cliché. Not exactly my kind of thing overall, but I recognize and appreciate the craft and care that went into making it.

Personal Rating: 7/10

John G. Avildsen => Director
Sylvester Stallone => Writer / Rocky Balboa
Bill Conti => Composer
Bill Baldwin => Fight Announcer
Burgess Meredith => Mickey Goldmill
Burt Young => Paulie Pennino
Carl Weathers => Apollo Creed
Diana Lewis => TV Commentator
Frank Stallone => Streetcorner Singer (as Frank Stallone Jr.)
George O'Hanlon => TV Commentator
Jack Hollander => Fats
Jimmy Gambina => Mike
Jodi Letizia => Marie
Joe Spinell => Tony Gazzo
Lavelle Roby => Mary Anne Creed (uncredited)
Michael Dorn => Apollo Creed's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Pedro Lovell => Spider Rico - Club Fighter
Shirley O'Hara => Jergens' Secretary
Talia Shire => Adrian Pennino
Thayer David => George Jergens

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Rocky is not the character's actual name. His real name is Robert Balboa - this was seen in a rough script from the second film. He took the nickname from real-life boxer [?] Rocky Marciano.
  • The film was shot in 28 days.
  • Although Sylvester Stallone famously wrote the first draft of the script in 3 days, it went through nine sizable rewrites before it was purchased by [?] Irwin Winkler and [?] Robert Chartoff. Originally, Stallone's much darker script depicted Mickey (Burgess Meredith) as a bitter old racist, and the film ended with Rocky throwing the fight after realizing he did not want to be part of the professional boxing world.
  • The boxing gloves used in the championship fight were called "Casanovas". They were illegal in the U.S. but Sylvester Stallone says the producers chose them anyway "because of their sleek appearance".
  • In an interview Sylvester Stallone was asked if he and Elvis Presley ever met. Stallone said that in 1976 after Rocky was released, Elvis contacted him and asked him to visit Graceland and a bring a copy of the film with him. Stallone told the interviewer that he was too afraid to meet Elvis, and he didn't go, but he did send a copy of the film. Apparently, Elvis did indeed watch the film with some friends.
  • Michael Dorn's film debut.
  • The single most expensive cost on the film was make-up.
  • Rocky's old injury to his finger which enables him to pretend he had broken it, is a real injury Sylvester Stallone suffered whilst playing college football.
  • Originally, real life boxer [?] Kenny Norton was offered the role of Apollo Creed, but because he was 230 pounds, it was felt he would dwarf Stallone too much, and a smaller man was sought.
  • Sylvester Stallone insisted that the scene where he admits his fears and doubts to Adrian the night before the fight be filmed, even though production was running far behind and the producers wanted to skip it. Stallone had only one take for the scene, despite the fact that he considered it to be the most important scene in the film.