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Rocky

Theatrical poster
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Produced by Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Written by Sylvester Stallone
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Burgess Meredith
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Carl Weathers
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography James Crabe
Editing by Richard Halsey
Scott Conrad
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) November 21, 1976 (1976-11-21)
(New York City premiere)
01976-12-03 December 3, 1976
Running time 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.1 million
Gross revenue $225 million[1]
Followed by Rocky II
.Rocky is a 1976 American film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen.^ More Rocky Balboa ( Sylvester Stallone ) is a sweet-natured but not very bright boxer and small-time enforcer for a loan-shark.

^ Rocky Balboa ( Sylvester Stallone ) is a sweet-natured but not very bright boxer and small-time enforcer for a loan-shark.

^ Rocky II Rudy More titles with Sylvester Stallone .

.It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but good-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in Philadelphia.^ More Rocky Balboa ( Sylvester Stallone ) is a sweet-natured but not very bright boxer and small-time enforcer for a loan-shark.

^ Rocky Balboa ( Sylvester Stallone ) is a sweet-natured but not very bright boxer and small-time enforcer for a loan-shark.

Balboa is also a club fighter who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship when the scheduled contender breaks his hand. .Also starring in Rocky are Talia Shire as Adrian, Thayer David as George Jergens the fight promoter, Burt Young as Adrian's brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer Mickey Goldmill, and Carl Weathers as the champion, Apollo Creed.^ JERGENS Rocky, would you be interested in fighting Apollo Creed for the Championship?

^ He has a crush on Adrian (Talia Shire), the painfully shy sister of his friend, Pauly (Burt Young).

^ Mickey (Burgess Meredith) wants to throw him out of the gym because he doesn't take boxing seriously enough.

The film, made for only $1.1 million[2] and shot relatively quickly (28 days), was a sleeper hit; it made over US$117.2 million[3] and $225 million worldwide,[4] the highest grossing film of 1976, and won three Oscars, including Best Picture. The film received many positive reviews and turned Stallone into a major star.[5] .It spawned five sequels: Rocky II, III, IV, V and Rocky Balboa.^ Rocky Balboa Rocky II More titles with Talia Shire .

Contents

Plot

.In November 1975, Rocky Balboa is introduced as a small-time boxer and collector for Anthony Gazzo (Joe Spinell), a loan shark, living in Philadelphia.^ Rocky is in the back seat with the loan shark.

^ "NOVEMBER 12, 1975 - PHILADELPHIA" ...

.The World Heavyweight Championship bout is scheduled for New Year's Day 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial.^ COMMENTATOR #1 We would like to welcome our viewing audience to the Grand World Championship Bicentennial Heavyweight Fight -- the first major event of the Bicentennial Year...

^ APOLLO The Bicentennial Heavyweight Championship of the World is gonna be held in the only place it can be held -- Philadelphia!

^ The SPORTS COMMENTATOR is at the airport and about to interview the heavyweight champion of the world, APOLLO CREED. Creed is twenty-eight years old.

.When the opponent of undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is injured, Creed comes up with the idea of fighting a local underdog and, because he likes Rocky's nickname, "The Italian Stallion", he selects the unknown fighter.^ A FIGHT FAN rushes up to Rocky...

^ A good CROWD RESPONSE. ANOTHER ANGLE ANNOUNCER In the far corner, wearing red, white an' blue -- Weighing in at two hundred and ten pounds -- Undefeated in forty- six fights -- the Heavyweight Champion of the World -- 'The Master of Disaster' -- Apollo Creed!

^ TRAINER (worried) Apollo, you oughta come see this boy you're gonna fight on TV -- looks like he means business.

He puts it in light by proclaiming "Apollo Creed meets 'The Italian Stallion'".
.To prepare for the fight, Rocky trains with a 1920s-era ex-bantamweight fighter and gym owner, Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), while Rocky's good friend, Paulie (Burt Young), a meat-packing plant worker, lets him practice his punches on the carcasses hanging in the freezers.^ Mickey Goldmill, the gym owner, stands framed in the doorway.

^ INT. GOLDMILL'S GYM - STILL LATER Mike has on a pair of target gloves and Rocky moves around the ring swinging at them.

^ PAULIE I want 'im outta here -- (to Rocky) Don't think I'm good enough to work for Gazzo?

.During training, Rocky dates Paulie's shy, quiet sister, Adrian (Talia Shire) who works as a clerk in a local pet store.^ ROCKY Paulie's sister.

^ PAULIE I want 'im outta here -- (to Rocky) Don't think I'm good enough to work for Gazzo?

^ Only the dull SOUNDS of his POUNDING FISTS can be HEARD. Rocky works his way to Paulie again.

.The night before the fight, Rocky confides in Adrian that he does not expect to beat Creed, and that all he wants is to go the distance with Creed (which no fighter has ever done), meaning that lasting 15 rounds (the typical scheduled length of championship fights at the time) against him would mean he "...^ JERGENS Rocky, would you be interested in fighting Apollo Creed for the Championship?

^ RUDY ...See the fight last night?

^ Creed has a fighter helpless against the ropes.

wasn't just another bum from the neighborhood".
On New Years Day, the climatic boxing match begins. .Creed does not initially take the fight seriously, but Rocky unexpectedly knocks him down in the first round and the match turns intense.^ ROCKY Nobody likes garbage -- Anyway, this girl with the dirty mouth wasn't bad lookin', but the guys wouldn't take her out for any serious datin'.

^ Rocky turns to Marie who has been standing behind him.

^ COMMENTATOR #1 The fight has slowed down to a near stand-still -- Creed circles to Rocky's right...

.The fight indeed lasts 15 rounds with each fighter suffering many injuries; as the final round bell sounds with both fighters locked in each other's arms, an exhausted Creed vows "Ain't gonna be no re-match", to which an equally spent Rocky replies "Don't want one". After the fight, Rocky calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring.^ ADRIAN Don't want weak legs.

^ ROCKY Heart, but I ain't got no Tocker.

^ Rocky takes the package and runs out.

.As the ring announcer declares the fight for Apollo Creed by virtue of a split decision (8:7, 7:8, 9:6), Adrian and Rocky embrace while they profess their love to one another, not caring about the results of the fight.^ Rocky is engrossed in watching another Apollo Creed film.

^ ADRIAN Rocky, do you realize everybody in this country knows your face, and after the fight everybody in the world is going to.

^ The CHANTING IS DEAFENING. ANOTHER ANGLE Fearful that Rocky is in danger, Adrian tries to move forward.

Cast

Main cast

.
  • Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa: An enforcer for a loan shark by day and a semi-pro boxer by night.^ Rocky is in the back seat with the loan shark.

    ^ Rocky "ROCKY" by Sylvester Stallone RING PRODUCTIONS, INC. MASTER SCRIPT: INCLUDES ALL REVISIONS AS OF 1/7/76 REVISED: INT. BLUE DOOR FIGHT CLUB - NIGHT SUPERIMPOSE OVER ACTION...

    .He is given the chance at the heavyweight title.
  • Talia Shire as Adrian Pennino: Rocky's love interest.^ ADRIAN Roosevelt finished last in his class -- Beethoven was deaf, an' Helen Keller was blind -- I think Rocky has a good chance.

    .Adrian is a quiet pet store clerk who falls in love with Rocky and supports him through his training.
  • Burt Young as Paulie Pennino: Adrian's brother.^ Adrian slips and Rocky breaks her fall.

    ^ Rocky turns to Marie who has been standing behind him.

    ^ Rocky ignores the statement and faces a very young girl who is smoking and leaning whore-like against the wall.

    .A meat-packing plant worker by trade, Paulie permits Rocky to train in the freezer.
  • Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed: Rocky's opponent and heavyweight champion.^ PAULIE This is the guy who's fightin' Apollo Creed.

    ^ DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICKEY'S OFFICE - SEVERAL HOURS LATER Several hours later Rocky is engrossed in watching another Apollo Creed film...

    ^ JERGENS Rocky, would you be interested in fighting Apollo Creed for the Championship?

    The character was influenced by the outspoken, real-life boxing great Muhammad Ali.[6]
  • Burgess Meredith as Mickey Goldmill: Rocky's manager and trainer, a former bantamweight fighter from the 1920s and the owner of the local boxing gym.
  • Thayer David as George Jergens: the fight promoter who has "promoted fights all over the world".
  • Joe Spinnell as Tony Gazzo, loan shark and Rocky's employer

Cameo appearances

.With the character of outspoken Apollo Creed influenced by Muhammad Ali, one interesting detail is the cameo appearance of Joe Frazier, another real-life former world heavyweight champion who fought Ali three times.^ ANOTHER ANGLE ANNOUNCER Now, last but certainly not least -- the former Heavyweight Champion, a son of Philly, Smoking Joe Frazier!

^ A good CROWD RESPONSE. ANOTHER ANGLE ANNOUNCER In the far corner, wearing red, white an' blue -- Weighing in at two hundred and ten pounds -- Undefeated in forty- six fights -- the Heavyweight Champion of the World -- 'The Master of Disaster' -- Apollo Creed!

^ PAULIE This is the guy who's fightin' Apollo Creed.

During the Academy Awards ceremony, Ali and Stallone staged a brief comic confrontation to show Ali was not offended by the film.
Due to the film's low budget, members of Stallone's family played minor roles. .His father rings the bell to signal the start and end of a round, his brother Frank plays a street corner singer, and his first wife, Sasha, was the set photographer.^ The BELL RINGS and the fighters return to their corner...

^ COMMENTATOR #1 Round three ready to start and should be interesting to see if Creed can put the challenger away -- there goes the bell.

^ ANOTHER ANGLE The BELL RINGS. Apollo's men rush out and guide him to his corner.

[citation needed] Other cameos include Los Angeles television sportscaster Stu Nahan playing himself, alongside radio and TV broadcaster Bill Baldwin and Lloyd Kaufman, founder of the independent film company Troma, appearing as a drunk. Longtime Detroit Channel 7 Action News anchor Diana Lewis has a small scene as a TV news reporter. .Tony Burton appeared as Apollo Creed's trainer, Tony "Duke" Evers, a role he would reprise in the entire Rocky series, though he is not given an official name until Rocky II.^ INT. JERGENS' OFFICE - DAY APOLLO CREED and his LAWYER and TRAINER are seated in the offices of MILES JERGENS. Jergens, a successful promoter looks unhappy as he looks into the scowling face of Apollo Creed.

^ DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICKEY'S OFFICE - SEVERAL HOURS LATER Several hours later Rocky is engrossed in watching another Apollo Creed film...

^ JERGENS Rocky, would you be interested in fighting Apollo Creed for the Championship?

Production

The studio liked the script, and viewed it as a possible vehicle for a well-established star such as Robert Redford, Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds or James Caan. Stallone appealed to the producers to be given a chance to star in the film. He later said that he would never have forgiven himself if the film became a success with someone else in the lead. He also knew that producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff's contract with the studio enabled them to "greenlight" a project if the budget was kept low enough.
Certain elements of the story were altered during filming. The original script had a darker tone: Mickey was portrayed as racist and the script ended with Rocky throwing the fight after realizing he did not want to be part of the professional boxing world after all.[7]
Although Chartoff and Winkler were enthusiastic about the script and the idea of Stallone playing the lead character, they were hesitant about having an unknown headline the film. The producers also had trouble casting other major characters in the story, with Adrian and Apollo Creed cast unusually late by production standards (both were ultimately cast on the same day). .Real-life boxer Ken Norton was initially sought for the role of Apollo Creed, but he pulled out and the role was ultimately given to Carl Weathers.^ COMMENTATOR #1 (CONT'D) It's confirmed, unofficially, Creed's ribs may be broken -- Apollo fakes a left and throws a big tired right -- Balboa's mouthpiece is out!

Norton had had three fights with Muhammad Ali, upon whom Creed was loosely based. According to The Rocky Scrapbook, Carrie Snodgress was originally chosen to play Adrian, but a money dispute forced the producers to look elsewhere. Susan Sarandon auditioned for the role but was deemed too pretty for the character. After Talia Shire's ensuing audition, Chartoff and Winkler, along with Avildsen, insisted that she play the part.[citation needed]
.Garrett Brown's Steadicam was used to accomplish a smooth shot running alongside Rocky during his training run up the flight of stairs.^ EXT. LEHIGH ST. TRAIN TRESTLE - DAY Gazzo picks up Rocky.

^ Rocky takes a deep breath and sprints up the never-ending stairs...

^ EXT. ART MUSEUM STAIRS - DAY It is twilight and Rocky is alone at the very bottom of a huge flight of steps that seem to stretch into the heavens...

It was also used for some of the shots in the fight scenes and can be openly seen at the ringside during some wide shots of the final fight. (Rocky is often erroneously cited as the first film to use the Steadicam, although the distinction actually goes to Bound for Glory as the first production to use it. Marathon Man also has a claim, as it premiered prior to either film.[8])
.While filming Rocky, both Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers suffered injuries during the shooting of the final fight; Stallone suffered bruised ribs and Weathers suffered a damaged nose.^ Rocky "ROCKY" by Sylvester Stallone RING PRODUCTIONS, INC. MASTER SCRIPT: INCLUDES ALL REVISIONS AS OF 1/7/76 REVISED: INT. BLUE DOOR FIGHT CLUB - NIGHT SUPERIMPOSE OVER ACTION...

[citation needed]
.The poster seen above the ring before Rocky fights Apollo Creed shows Rocky wearing red shorts with a white stripe when he actually wears white shorts with a red stripe.^ High above the ring are huge posters of GEORGE WASHINGTON - ABE LINCOLN - DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. - BEN FRANKLIN - and APOLLO CREED. INT. APOLLO'S DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT Apollo Creed sits in his dressing room...

^ The Black Fighter spits something red in a bucket and sneers across the ring at Rocky.

^ COMMENTATOR #1 The fight has slowed down to a near stand-still -- Creed circles to Rocky's right...

.When Rocky points this out he is told that "it doesn't really matter does it?". According to director Avildsen's DVD commentary, this was an actual mistake made by the props department that they could not afford to rectify, so Stallone wrote the brief scene to ensure the audience didn't see it as a goof.^ ROCKY That doesn't matter -- You don't really have to be a whore, just act like one an' that's it.

Avildsen said that the same situation arose with Rocky's robe. When it came back from the costume department, it was far too baggy for Stallone. .And because the robe arrived on the day of filming the scene and there was no chance of replacing or altering it, instead of ignoring this and risk the audience laughing at it, Stallone wrote the dialogue where Rocky himself points out the robe is too big.^ ANOTHER ANGLE Rocky no longer resembles himself...

^ ROCKY Catch pneumonia out there -- Seen Paulie?

^ ROCKY How I look out there, Mick?

As measured by return on investment, Rocky is one of the most financially successful films ever made. With a production budget of slightly over 1 million dollars, it eventually earned worldwide box-office receipts exceeding 200 million. Interestingly, the low budget in all likelihood contributed to the film's success. .For example, the first date between Rocky and Adrian, in which Rocky bribes a janitor to allow them to skate after closing hours in a deserted ice skating rink, was shot that way only because of budgetary pressures.^ INT. ICE SKATING RINK - NIGHT Rocky and Adrian enter a deserted skating rink.

^ Only the dull SOUNDS of his POUNDING FISTS can be HEARD. Rocky works his way to Paulie again.

^ CLEANER (starts to walk over) Hey, the rink is empty 'cause we're closed -- ya ain't allowed in here so do me a favor an' not stay here.

This scene was originally scheduled to be shot in a skating rink during regular business hours. However, the producers ultimately decided that they couldn't afford to hire the hundreds of extras that would have been necessary for that scene. What results is a much smaller and more intimate scene that was extremely effective.

Stallone's inspiration

Sylvester Stallone was inspired to create the film by the famous fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. Wepner had been TKO'd in the 15th round by Ali, but nobody ever expected him to last as long as he did. Wepner recalls in a January 2000 interview, "Sly (Stallone) called me about two weeks after the Ali fight and told me he was gonna make the movie."
.Some of the plot's most memorable moments—Rocky's carcass-punching scenes and Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as part of his training regime—are taken from the real-life exploits of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier, for which he received no credit.^ Rocky is approaching the supreme moment of his life.

^ Rocky steps up behind her and his face is reflected in the mirror.

^ Yet, the most unique fixture is an unprecedented 50 to 1 underdog heavyweight named, Rocky Balboa.

[9]

Rocky Steps

The statue, situated just northeast of the steps.
The famous scene of Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become a cultural icon. In 1982, a statue of Rocky, commissioned by Stallone for Rocky III, was placed at the top of the Rocky Steps. City Commerce Director Dick Doran claimed that Stallone and Rocky had done more for the city's image than "anyone since Ben Franklin."[10]
Differing opinions of the statue and its placement led to a relocation to the sidewalk outside the Philadelphia Spectrum Arena, although the statue was temporarily returned to the top of the steps in 1990 for Rocky V, and again in 2006 for the 30th anniversary of the original Rocky movie (although this time it was placed at the bottom of the steps). Later that year, it was permanently moved to a spot next to the steps.[10]
The scene is frequently parodied in the media. In The Simpsons episode "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can", Lisa Simpson runs up a flight of stairs wearing a tracksuit similar to the one worn by Rocky.[11] .In the movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Zohan's nemesis, Phantom, goes through a parodied training sequence finishing with him running up a desert dune and raising his hands in victory.^ PAULIE I don't want ya messin' up my sister no more -- He's scum from the corner, I don't raise ya to hang with no bum!

^ You're goin' up an' don't care enough to throw Paulie some crumbs!

In the fourth season's finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as the credits roll at the end of the episode, Will is seen running up the same steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; however, as he celebrates after finishing his climb, he passes out in exhaustion, and while he lies unconscious on the ground, a pickpocket steals his wallet and his wool hat.
.In 2006, E! named the "Rocky Steps" scene number 13 in its 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment.^ Yet, the most unique fixture is an unprecedented 50 to 1 underdog heavyweight named, Rocky Balboa.

^ Several moments later Rocky steps out and lowers himself into bed.

[12]
During the 1996 Summer Olympics torch relay, Philadelphia native Dawn Staley was chosen to run up the museum steps. In 2004, Presidential candidate John Kerry ended his pre-convention campaign at the foot of the steps before going to Boston to accept his party's nomination for President.[13]

Critical reception

Reviews

Rocky received many positive reviews when it was released in 1976. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave Rocky 4 out of 4 stars and said that Stallone reminded him of "the young Marlon Brando[14]." Box Office Magazine claimed that audiences would be "...touting Sylvester 'Sly' Stallone as a new star".[15][16] The film received positive reviews from such critics as Pauline Kael, Richard Eder, Katie Kelly, Lita Eliscu, Ben Nolan, and David Sterritt.
Negative reviewers included Vincent Canby of The New York Times, who called it "pure '30s make believe" and slammed both Stallone's acting and Avildsen's directing, calling the latter "...none too decisive..."[17] Frank Rich liked the film, calling it "almost 100 per cent schmaltz," but favoring it over current movie cynicism.
Richard Corliss, in Time, found the film "Preposterous. .One can really not deal with such a howler and at the same time interest oneself fully with Rocky's quest for a moral victory" and that the film's preposterousness is predicated on the fact that "an entire film devoted to so dreary a fellow would be intolerable."^ JERGENS Rocky, would you be interested in fighting Apollo Creed for the Championship?

^ JERGENS Rocky, would you be interested in -- ROCKY Sparrin'?

^ ROCKY That doesn't matter -- You don't really have to be a whore, just act like one an' that's it.

He lamented that a film such as this had been the small-budget independent to break through to mainstream commercial success.[18]
.More than 30 years later, the film enjoys a reputation as a classic and still receives positive reviews; Rocky holds a 93% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.^ DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICKEY'S OFFICE - SEVERAL HOURS LATER Several hours later Rocky is engrossed in watching another Apollo Creed film...

^ Nothing could please Rocky more than being compared to his idol.

[19] Another positive online review came from the BBC Films website, with both reviewer Almar Haflidason and BBC online users giving it 5/5 stars.[20] .In Steven J. Schneider's 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Schneider says the film is "often overlooked as schmaltz."^ Apollo Creed says he'll let you stay three rounds before he puts you away.

^ ROCKY They either say, 'Kill the nigger' or 'Hope you die, Honky.'

[21]
In 2006, Rocky was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"."[22]
In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. .Rocky was acknowledged as the second-best film in the sports genre.^ TEN SECONDS TO GO. ROCKY (continuing) Gimme ya best!!!

[23][24]
.In 2008, Rocky was chosen by Empire Magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.^ Rocky Balboa, a fifty-to-one underdog, is living a Cinderella story which has captured peoples' imaginations all over the world -- to quote a popular sports magazine, 'The fighting style should be 'The Caveman Against the Cavalier.'

[25]
In a review published in October 2008, film critic David Thomson finds the film "excruciating" and harshly criticizes its poor acting, writing, and production values.[26] In an interview, Thomson said of his review, "Now, I think Sylvester Stallone is absurd, in every thought and movement. But he is a vital, vitally absurd part of the movies... the trashiness in movies will never die."[22]

Academy Awards – 1976

Rocky received ten Academy Awards nominations in nine categories, winning three:[27]
Award Result Winner
Best Picture Won Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler
Best Director Won John G. Avildsen
Best Actor Nominated Sylvester Stallone
Winner was Peter Finch - Network
Best Actress Nominated Talia Shire
Winner was Faye Dunaway - Network
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - based on material not previously published or produced Nominated Sylvester Stallone
Winner was Paddy Chayefsky - Network
Best Supporting Actor Nominated Burgess Meredith
Winner was Jason Robards - All the President's Men
Best Supporting Actor Nominated Burt Young
Winner was Jason Robards - All the President's Men
Best Film Editing Won Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad
Best Music (Original Song) for Gonna Fly Now Nominated Bill Conti
Carol Connors
Ayn Robbins
Winner was Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams - A Star Is Born (Evergreen)
Best Sound Mixing Nominated Harry Warren Tetrick (posthumous)
William McCaughey
Lyle Burbridge
Bud Alper
Winner was Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Jim Webb - All the President's Men
.Rocky has also appeared on several of the American Film Institute's 100 Years lists.^ DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICKEY'S OFFICE - SEVERAL HOURS LATER Several hours later Rocky is engrossed in watching another Apollo Creed film...

.The Directors Guild of America awarded Rocky its annual award for best film of the year in 1976, and in 2006, Sylvester Stallone's original screenplay for Rocky was selected for the Writers Guild of America Award as the 78th best screenplay of all time.^ MICKEY (continuing) Rocky, when ya climb into the square, an' know ya' meetin' the best fighter in the world, ya' gonna be ready, ya' gonna be ready 'cause I been waitin' for fifty years -- Fifty years.

^ Rocky "ROCKY" by Sylvester Stallone RING PRODUCTIONS, INC. MASTER SCRIPT: INCLUDES ALL REVISIONS AS OF 1/7/76 REVISED: INT. BLUE DOOR FIGHT CLUB - NIGHT SUPERIMPOSE OVER ACTION...

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Soundtrack

Rocky
Soundtrack by Bill Conti
Released 1976
Label EMI Music
All music by Bill Conti.
  1. "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky")" (vocals: Deetta Little/Nelson Pigford) 2:48
  2. "Philadelphia Morning" 2:22
  3. "Going the Distance" 2:39
  4. "Reflections" 3:19
  5. "Marines' Hymn/Yankee Doodle" 1:44
  6. "Take You Back (Street Corner Song from "Rocky")" (vocals: Valentine) 1:49
  7. "First Date" 1:53
  8. "You Take My Heart Away" (vocals: Deetta Little/Nelson Pigford) 4:46
  9. "Fanfare for Rocky" 2:35
  10. "Butkus" 2:12
  11. "Alone in the Ring" 1:10
  12. "The Final Bell" 1:56
  13. "Rocky's Reward" 2:02
Rocky's soundtrack was composed by Bill Conti. .The main theme song, "Gonna Fly Now," made it to number one on the Billboard Magazines Hot 100 list for one week (from July 2 to July 8, 1977) and the American Film Institute placed it 58th on its AFI's 100 Years...^ APOLLO (CONT'D) Now some ya'll ain't much on likin' me, but ya gotta admit Apollo Creed is one DAMN generous, 100% pure, government inspected, Afro-American Folk Hero!!!

100 Songs.[34][35] The complete soundtrack was re-released in 1988 by EMI on CD and cassette.[36] Bill Conti was also the composer for Rocky II, III, V, and Rocky Balboa.[37]
The version of "Gonna Fly Now" used in the film is different from the versions released on later CDs and records. The vocals and guitars are much more emphasized than the versions released. The "movie version" has yet to be released.[citation needed]
Although the Bill Conti version of "Gonna Fly Now" is the most recognizable arrangement, a cover of the song performed by legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on his Conquistador album prior to the release of the motion picture soundtrack actually outsold the soundtrack itself.[38]

Home video release history

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  • 1982 – CED Videodisc and VHS; VHS release is rental only; 20th Century Fox Video release
  • October 27, 1990 (VHS and laserdisc)
  • April 16, 1996 (VHS and laserdisc)
  • March 24, 1997 (DVD)
  • April 24, 2001 (DVD, also packed with the Five-Disc Boxed Set)
  • December 14, 2004 (DVD, also packed with the Rocky Anthology box set)
  • February 8, 2005 (DVD, also packed with the Rocky Anthology box set)
  • December 5, 2006 (DVD and Blu-ray Disc – 2-Disc Collector's Edition, the DVD was the first version released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and was also packed with the Rocky Anthology box set and the Blu-ray Disc was the first version released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  • December 4, 2007 (DVD box set – Rocky The Complete Saga.^ EXT. EASTERN PACKING COMPANY - DAWN It is five-thirty and Rocky approaches the loading platform belonging to Eastern Packing Company.

    This new set contains the new Rocky Balboa, but does not include the recent 2 disc Rocky. There are still no special features for Rocky II through Rocky V, although Rocky Balboa's DVD special features are all intact.)
  • November 3, 2009 (Blu-ray box set - Rocky The Undisputed Collection. This release included six films in a box set. Previously, only the first film and Rocky Balboa were available on the format. Those two discs are identical to their individual releases, and the set also contains a disc of bonus material, new and old alike. [1])
To date Rocky has generated five sequels. .The first, Rocky II (1979) sees Rocky reluctantly called back for a rematch with Apollo Creed.^ Apollo Creed floats back to his corner.

^ Apollo's eyes flick back and forth between Rocky and Dipper.

^ DISSOLVE TO: INT. MICKEY'S OFFICE - SEVERAL HOURS LATER Several hours later Rocky is engrossed in watching another Apollo Creed film...

Rocky II reunited the entire cast of the original Rocky, and was just as successful, grossing $200 million worldwide.[39] A new character appears in 1982's Rocky III, Clubber Lang (played by Mr. T), an outspoken young fighter insisting on a fight with Rocky. .Rocky loses this bout, with Mickey suffering a fatal heart attack after the fight (he dies thinking Rocky won, Rocky doesn't have the heart to tell him otherwise).^ ROCKY You think everybody I fight is a bum.

^ APOLLO (continuing) (approaching Rocky) Italian Stallion, I come over to tell you to be very smart an' after this fight donate what's gonna be left of your body to science, cause after this fight what's left won't fill a tuna fish can!...

^ MICKEY This is gettin' outta hand -- Rocky will fight in the ring January first, not here!

Rocky accepts an offer from his rival-turned-friend Apollo Creed for help in regaining the title. Rocky IV (1985) introduces Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a strong Soviet fighter who is convinced he can defeat any American fighter. .A retired Apollo takes up the challenge and is killed in the ring by Drago.^ The tremendously magnified SOUND of APOLLO TAKING IN AIR. INT. ROCKY'S DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT CLOSE-UP of the drops being placed in Rocky's nose.

.After Apollo's death, Rocky decides to fight against Drago, despite his wife Adrian urging him not to, and travels to the Soviet Union to train for the fight.^ ADRIAN Rocky, do you realize everybody in this country knows your face, and after the fight everybody in the world is going to.

^ In the distance, Rocky floats INTO VIEW and Adrian flattens against the wall and waits for the procession to pass.

^ JERGENS Rocky, would you be interested in fighting Apollo Creed for the Championship?

.Rocky defeats Drago but has to give up his official heavyweight title as the boxing commission did not sanction the fight.^ ROCKY (continuing) ...I think I'm gonna take a steam -- Shoulda seen me fight -- Did good, y'know.

.Released in 1990, Rocky V was a departure from the rest of the series, as Rocky no longer fights professionally, due to brain injuries, but instead trains younger fighters, including Tommy Gunn (played by real life boxer Tommy Morrison).^ ADRIAN Rocky, do you realize everybody in this country knows your face, and after the fight everybody in the world is going to.

^ INT. GYM - DAY Rocky and Mike move past fighters going through their training routines.

^ ANOTHER ANGLE Rocky no longer resembles himself...

It becomes apparent that Gunn is merely using Rocky's fame for his own ends, and the film ends with Rocky defeating Gunn in a fight in the street. The movie also is the first to introduce Rocky's son, Robert, as a major character. .The final addition to the Rocky series,[40] Rocky Balboa , released in 2006, has the 60 year old Rocky fighting against a real-life boxer again, in this case former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver playing Mason "The Line" Dixon.^ The white fighter is ROCKY BALBOA. He is thirty years old.

^ ADRIAN Rocky, do you realize everybody in this country knows your face, and after the fight everybody in the world is going to.

^ COMMENTATOR #1 (CONT'D) This fight should have been stopped rounds ago but Rocky Balboa refuses to fall -- COMMENTATOR #2 Not only has he refused to fall, but he has beaten the Champion's body without mercy and the bout has become a vicious slugfest.

.Rocky Balboa was the most critically well received Rocky film of the entire series since the original, 30 years earlier.^ Yet, the most unique fixture is an unprecedented 50 to 1 underdog heavyweight named, Rocky Balboa.

^ The white fighter is ROCKY BALBOA. He is thirty years old.

Video games

Several video games have been made based on the film. The first Rocky video game was released by Coleco for ColecoVision in August 1983; the principal designer was Coleco staffer B. Dennis Sustare. Another was released in 1987 for the Sega Master System. More recently, a Rocky video game was released in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, and Xbox, and a sequel (Rocky Legends) was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. In 2007, a video game called Rocky Balboa was released for PSP. In 1985, Dinamic Software released a boxing game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (also advertised for and/or published on the Sega Master System, Amstrad CPC and MSX) called Rocky. Due to copyright reasons it was quickly renamed "Rocco".[41]

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075148/business
  2. ^ "Rocky Budget". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075148/business. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Rocky Movie Gross @ Screen Source". http://www.amug.org/~scrnsrc/top_grossing_movies_adj.html. Retrieved 23 September 2006. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075148/business
  5. ^ "Inside the Actors Studio with Sylvester Stallone". http://www.bravotv.com/Inside_the_Actors_Studio/guests/Sylvester_Stallone.shtml. Retrieved 28 September 2006. 
  6. ^ "Cast and Crew bios for Rocky". http://rockythemovie.com/homevideo/index.html. Retrieved 15 November 2006. 
  7. ^ ""Rocky Trivia"". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075148/trivia. Retrieved 2006-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Steadicam 30th anniversary press release". http://lserv2.dtopinc.com/tiffen/staging_html/tiffen_news_Steadicam30th_Anniv.html. 
  9. ^ "Borrowing From Frazier". http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/nov/11/sportinterviews-boxin. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  10. ^ a b "Rocky Statue". http://www.ushistory.org/oddities/rocky.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  11. ^ "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can @ TV.com". http://www.tv.com/the-simpsons/im-spelling-as-fast-as-i-can/episode/181997/trivia.html. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  12. ^ "E! Channel's 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment". http://www.eonline.com/On/101/MostAwesome/List/index5.html. Retrieved 23 September 2006. 
  13. ^ "Philly.com". http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/9258078.htm. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  14. ^ "Roger Ebert Rocky Review". 1977-01-01. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19760101/REVIEWS/601010307/1023. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  15. ^ "Box Office Magazine Rocky Review". 1976-11-22. http://www.boxoffice.com/scripts/fiw.dll?GetReview?&where=ID&terms=4828. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  16. ^ "Arizona Daily Star Review". http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/film.jsp?id=107744&section=pressQuote. Retrieved 2006-11-14. .
  17. ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B02E4DE123EE334BC4A51DFB767838D669EDE
  18. ^ Richard Corliss. Time. December 13, 1976.
  19. ^ "Rocky @ Rotten Tomatoes". http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1017776-rocky/. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  20. ^ "Rocky @ BBC Films". http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/03/12/rocky_1976_review.shtml. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  21. ^ Schneider, Stephen Jay; Garrett Chaffin-Quiray (review) (2005). 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Revised Edition). London, England: New Burlington Books. pp. 615. 
  22. ^ a b http://www.sf360.org/features/david-thomson-rounds-up-1000-unusual-suspects
  23. ^ "AFI Crowns Top 10 Films in 10 Classic Genres". ComingSoon.net. 2008-06-17. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=46072. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  24. ^ "Top 10 Sports". American Film Institute. http://www.afi.com/10top10/sports.html. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  25. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/500/25.asp
  26. ^ David Thomson. "Have You Seen...?": A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films. Knopf, 2008.
  27. ^ "IMDb Academy Awards 1977". http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Academy_Awards_USA/1977. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  28. ^ "AFI 100 Years". 1998. http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/movies.aspx. Retrieved 2006-08-24. 
  29. ^ "AFI 100 years (10th anniversary edition0". 2007. http://connect.afi.com/site/PageServer?pagename=100register_landing. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  30. ^ "AFI 100 Cheers". June 14, 2006. http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/cheers.aspx. Retrieved 2006-08-24. 
  31. ^ "AFI 100 Quotes". 2005. http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/quotes.aspx#list. Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  32. ^ "AFI 100 Heroes and Villains". http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/handv.aspx. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  33. ^ "100 Best Screenplays by Writers Guild of America, West". http://www.wga.org/subpage_newsevents.aspx?id=1807. Retrieved 2006-08-24. 
  34. ^ "Popculturemadness.com list of 1977 number ones, based on Billboards lists". 1977-07-08. http://www.popculturemadness.com/Music/Pop-Modern/1977.html. Retrieved 2006-10-14. 
  35. ^ "AFI 100 songs". 2004-06-22. http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/songs.aspx. Retrieved 2006-10-14. 
  36. ^ "Billboard.com — Rocky Soundtrack". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?aid=98351&cr=track&or=ASCENDING&sf=length&pid=684704&kw=Gonna+Fly+Now. Retrieved 2006-10-14. 
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  38. ^ Liner notes of the Conquistador album
  39. ^ Business Data for Rocky II at the Internet Movie Database
  40. ^ "Official Rocky Balboa Movie Blog". 2006-11-10. http://rockybalboablog.blogspot.com/. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  41. ^ Rocky at World of Spectrum

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Awards
Preceded by
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Academy Award for Best Picture
1976
Succeeded by
Annie Hall
Preceded by
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama
1976
Succeeded by
The Turning Point
Achievements
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Jaws
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  1. A male given name, pet form of Rocco.
  2. Rocky Balboa, a fictional boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in a series of films.
  3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Quotations

  • 1995, Patricia Cornwell, From Potter's Field, Berkeley Books 2005, ISBN 0425204693, page 82:
    'I didn't know your son's name was Rocky,' I quietly said as we started walking again.
    'It's really Richard. When he was a kid we called him Ricky, which somehow turned into Rocky. Some people call him Rocco. He gets called a lot of things.'

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Developer(s) Superior Software
Publisher(s) Superior Software
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Genre(s) Action
System(s) BBC Micro
For the unrelated ZX Spectrum game, see Rocky (ZX Spectrum) . For the unrelated Sega Master System game, see Rocky (Sega). For the unrelated 2002 game, see Rocky (2002) .
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Simple English

Rocky is a 1976 movie. It was written by, and starred, Sylvester Stallone. The movie is about a man living in Philadelphia, who is trying to become a great boxer. It won three Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, and Film editing (it was nominated for seven other Awards), and was ranked #78 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list. It was followed by 5 sequels, the most recent came out in 2006.

Sequels

  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky V (1990)
  • Rocky Balboa (2006)



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