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Rocky Balboa
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Produced by Charles Winkler
Billy Chartoff
David Winkler
Kevin King
Written by Sylvester Stallone
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Burt Young
Milo Ventimiglia
Tony Burton
Antonio Tarver
Geraldine Hughes
James Francis Kelly III
Lou DiBella
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography J. Clark Mathis
Editing by Sean Albertson
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
Revolution Studios
Distributed by Theatrical:
MGM Distribution Co. (USA)
20th Century Fox (non-USA)
Home Video:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (USA)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (non-USA)
Release date(s) December 20, 2006
Running time 100 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$24 million
Gross revenue $155,721,132[1]
Preceded by Rocky V

Rocky Balboa is the final film in the Rocky franchise, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film, which was also written by Stallone who plays underdog boxer Rocky Balboa, is the sixth film in the Rocky series that began with the Academy Award-winning Rocky thirty years earlier in 1976. The film portrays Balboa in retirement, a widower living in Philadelphia, and the owner and operator of a local Italian restaurant called "Adrian's," named after his late wife.

Rocky Balboa was produced as another sequel to the Academy Award-winning Rocky. According to Stallone, he was "negligent" in the production of Rocky V leaving him and many of the fans disappointed with the presumed end of the series. Stallone also mentioned that the storyline of Rocky Balboa parallels his own struggles and triumphs in recent times.[2]

In addition to Stallone, the film stars Burt Young as Paulie, Rocky's brother-in-law, and real-life boxer Antonio Tarver as Mason "The Line" Dixon, the heavyweight division champion in the film. Boxing promoter Lou DiBella plays himself in the movie and acts as Dixon's promoter in the film. Milo Ventimiglia plays Rocky's son Robert, now an adult. It also features the return of two minor characters from the original movie into larger roles in this film: Marie, the young woman that Rocky attempts to steer away from trouble; and Spider Rico, the first opponent that Rocky is shown fighting in the original film. The film also holds many references to people and objects from previous installments in the series, especially the first.

The film was released on December 20, 2006, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. It exceeded box office expectations and critical reaction was positive. The film was released in several formats for its home media release, and DVD sales have exceeded $34 million.



Rocky, now retired from boxing for roughly 20 years (since defeating Tommy Gunn in the street fight), lives a quiet life as a widower, for Adrian had died from blood cancer several years previously. He now runs a small but successful Italian restaurant named after her called "Adrian's", where he regales his patrons with stories of his past. Unfortunately, he is also battling personal demons involving his grief over Adrian's death, the changing times, and his eroding relationship with his son Robert, who has since moved out to become a struggling corporate employee. Paulie, Rocky's brother-in-law and longtime friend, continues to support him whenever he can.

Late one night, Rocky reunites with a much older "Little" Marie; a once mischievous neighborhood girl (whom he first met in Rocky) now working as a bartender at a tavern Rocky once frequented (the Lucky Seven Tavern), and a single parent of a teenaged son born out of wedlock: Stephenson, nicknamed "Steps." Rocky's friendship with the two (where Steps takes to Rocky as his father figure) quickly blossoms over the following weeks, providing him a much-needed buffer for his anguish. Meanwhile on the professional boxing circuit, the newly crowned world heavyweight champion, Mason "The Line" Dixon, reigns undefeated, but he is often ridiculed for beating only "bum" fighters, having never gone up against a true contender. This frustrates the champ, causing tension with the public and his promoters, and encouraging him to return to his roots - the small gym he first trained in, as well as his old trainer who sagely tells him that, inevitably, he will earn back his respect through a true opponent.

ESPN then broadcasts a computer simulation of a fight between Rocky (in his prime) and Mason, likened to a modern-day version of The Super Fight that ends in a disputed KO victory for Balboa, further riling the champ. In contrast, the simulation inspires Rocky to take up boxing again — an intention that goes public when he successfully renews his license. Dixon's promoters thus pitch the idea of holding a charity exhibition bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to bolster Dixon's falling popularity. With some hesitation, both men agree to the match, creating a media buzz that stabs at Rocky's has-been status and Dixon's credibility. Robert later makes an effort to discourage Rocky from fighting, blaming his own personal failings on his father's celebrity shadow, but Rocky rebukes him with some profound advice; that to succeed in life, "it ain't about how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward," and that blaming others won't help him. The next day, father and son meet over Adrian's grave and reconcile, which is when Robert announces he has quit his job to be at Rocky's side. Rocky sets straight to training with Apollo Creed's old trainer, Duke, who quickly surmises that the slow and arthritic Rocky can only compete by building his strength and punching power as much as possible (use "hurt bombs").

The bout itself is a back and forth affair, with Dixon easily dominating the first round only to injure his left hand in the second one on Rocky's hip, after which Rocky makes a dramatic comeback, surprising the audience with his prowess and chin despite his age. The two opponents beat each other severely throughout the full ten rounds, ending with both men still standing. Rocky thanks an appreciative Dixon for the fight, and leaves the ring to the adulation of the crowd as the result is announced: Rocky loses by split decision like he does in the first movie.

In the closing shot, Rocky returns home and visits Adrian's grave again, thanking her for helping him; "Yo Adrian, we did it! We did it!


  • Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, retired boxer and former two-time heavyweight champion.
  • Burt Young as Paulie Pennino, Rocky's moody brother-in-law and best friend.
  • Milo Ventimiglia as Robert Balboa, Rocky's only son.
  • Geraldine Hughes as Marie, a woman whom Rocky originally met over thirty years ago (as seen in the first installment of the movie series).
  • James Francis Kelly III as Stephenson ("Steps"), Marie's son, whom Rocky befriends.
  • Tony Burton as Tony "Duke" Evers, Rocky's trainer who has been his head cornerman since Balboa's second fight with Clubber Lang in Rocky III. Duke previously trained Apollo Creed, who was Rocky's nemesis in the first two films and later became his friend and head trainer in the third and fourth films.
  • Antonio Tarver as Mason "The Line" Dixon, Rocky's opponent. Dixon is shown as the current heavyweight champion of the world, but a fighter who is not shown the same respect as Rocky was when he was the world champion.
  • Talia Shire - Due to Shire's contractual dispute with MGM, her character Adrian Balboa does not appear in the film except during flashbacks, using footage from earlier Rocky films.

Filming and production


Budget and timeline

Filming began in December 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2006, it moved to Los Angeles, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3] The production budget on the 38-day shoot was projected to be $24 million. The film was scheduled for release during the President's Day holiday in 2007, but was moved up to right before Christmas 2006.[4] In late March 2006, the first movie teaser was released on the Internet. The full-length trailer accompanied the theatrical release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on July 7 in select theaters.


Rocky Balboa gives nods to previous installments via the casting. The most obvious is the return of Stallone, Young, and Burton—the only actors to portray the same characters in all six installments. Tarver's appearance in the film marks the fifth time an active professional boxer has appeared in the series. Previously, Joe Frazier (Rocky), Pedro Lovell (Rocky), Roberto Durán (Rocky II), and Tommy Morrison (Rocky V) have appeared in the series. Stallone initially wanted Roy Jones, Jr. to portray Dixon, but after Jones did not return Stallone's phone calls, he tapped Antonio Tarver to fill the role.[5] Tarver accidentally knocked out Stallone during the filming of one of the segments of the fight.[6]

The character of Marie appeared in the original Rocky; she was portrayed by Jodi Letizia. For the final film, Marie is portrayed by Geraldine Hughes. (Although Letizia did reprise the role for Rocky V, the sole scene in which she appeared was deleted. In it, Marie was homeless on the streets of Philadelphia.) Another recognizable character who appeared in the previous five films, sportscaster Stu Nahan, provided the commentary for the computer-generated fight between Dixon and Balboa. Nahan was part of the ringside commentary team during all the bouts in the first three films. He was diagnosed with lymphoma during the Rocky Balboa filming, though, and died on December 26, 2007.[7] Finally, Pedro Lovell, who portrayed Spider Rico in the original film, returns to the role in Rocky Balboa as a guest and later employee at Rocky's restaurant.

A number of sports personalities portray themselves. Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant, and Max Kellerman comprise the ringside broadcast team (all three are commentators for HBO Boxing). Sportswriters such as Bert Sugar, Bernard Fernandez and Steve Springer also appear. As for actual boxers, Mike Tyson (who had retired by the film's release) makes a cameo appearance, taunting Dixon as the fighter enters the ring. Lou DiBella, a real-life boxing promoter, portrays himself as Dixon's promoter. Several of ESPN's personalities also portray themselves. SportsCenter anchor Brian Kenny is the host of the fictional Then and Now series, while Cold Pizza and 1st and 10 hosts Jay Crawford, Dana Jacobson, Skip Bayless, and Woody Paige also appear. Ring announcer Michael Buffer appeared as himself, as did referee Joe Cortez.

Regarding his decision not to have Talia Shire reprise her role as Adrian, Stallone told USA Today that, "in the original script, she was alive. But it just didn't have the same dramatic punch. I thought, 'What if she's gone?' That would cut Rocky's heart out and drop him down to ground zero."[8] Shire herself said that, in her view, "The film has great regard for the process of mourning. Sly utilizes mourning to empower Rocky, and Adrian is made very mythical."[8]


A plot element from the fifth film is not addressed in Rocky Balboa's plot. In the previous film, Rocky was diagnosed with brain damage and advised never to fight again. Stallone clarified this apparent inconsistency in an interview, remarking:

"When Rocky was diagnosed with brain damage, it must be noted that many athletes have a form of brain damage including football players, soccer players, and other individuals in contact sports such as rugby, etc. Rocky never went for a second opinion and yielded to his wife's wishes to stop. So with the advent of new research techniques into brain damage, Rocky was found to be normal among fighters, and he was suffering the results of a severe concussion. By today's standards Rocky Balboa would be given a clean bill of health for fighters."[9]

Cinematography and fight choreography

While the dramatic portions of the movie are shot in an obviously cinematic style, the bout between Balboa and Dixon is shot in a number of different ways. The lead-in to the bout, as well as the first two rounds, are shot in a style similar to a major pay-per-view broadcast. Clips from fights in previous Rocky movies are used during the introductory teaser to introduce Balboa, while stock footage from actual Tarver fights, as well as footage from Dixon's previous fight (shown at the beginning of the film) are used as clips for Dixon's part of the teaser. The fight itself was shot in High Definition to further enhance the TV-style look of the fight.[9]

After the first two rounds, the bout is shot in a more "cinematic" style, reminiscent of the way the fights in the other Rocky films were shot. However, unlike the other films in the series, the fight is less choreographed and more improvised than previous installments and is closer to an actual boxing match than a choreographed fight.[10] This is a departure from the previous films, where every punch, feint, and step was carefully scripted and practiced.[11]

According to the behind-the-scenes documentary portions of the film's DVD, there were slight continuity problems during the filming of the fight. This was said to have been due to the fact that real punches were thrown by both Stallone and Tarver, resulting in some swelling and nosebleeds earlier than scripted. The DVD release features an alternate ending in which Rocky wins the fight.


Composed by Academy Award winner Bill Conti, the Rocky Balboa film score is both an updated composition of Rocky music and a tribute to the music that has been featured in previous Rocky films. Conti, who has acted as composer on every Rocky film except Rocky IV, chose to compose the score almost entirely from musical themes used in the previous movies. Only one original theme was written specifically for Rocky Balboa and that is the theme written to represent the character of Marie.

The roughly 40-minute score was recorded in the summer of 2006 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California. Conti chose to pre-record the string, brass and piano tracks and then have those tracks mixed with the work of a 44 piece orchestra which he conducted. He also performed all of the piano work himself which is something he has done with each movie for which he has composed the score. Stallone also was involved in every part of the process and attended several of the recording sessions.[12]

In addition to the score the film features original tracks performed by Natasha Bedingfield, Three 6 Mafia, and Frank Stallone as well as classic tracks such as Frank Sinatra's High Hopes and The Miracles' "Ooh Baby Baby".[13] Of the original tracks the most significant is the Diane Warren song "Still Here", performed by Bedingfield, which was reported to be the film's theme in early articles.[14] Though it is still listed in the credits the song was dropped from the film.


Rocky Balboa represents a partnership between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Revolution Studios, and Columbia Pictures (Columbia's corporate parent Sony holds a 20% stake in MGM). Since the Rocky series was originally produced and distributed by United Artists (now MGM's subsidiary studio), the partners jointly decided that the film could and should take advantage of MGM's newly reinvigorated domestic distribution apparatus.[15] 20th Century Fox handles its theatrical and DVD distributions outside of the United States and Canada, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment handled its American and Canadian video distributions. In the Philippines and Switzerland, Fox released the film through joint ventures with Warner Bros. Entertainment. In Japan, the film was promoted by Fox as Rocky The Final. It opened across Japan on April 20, 2007.[16]

Critical response

The film was well received by critics. The film garners a "Certified Fresh" rating of 76% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on a sample of 167 reviews, with an average score of 6.6/10.[17] At the website Metacritic, which utilizes a normalized rating system, the film earned a favorable rating of 63/100 based on 33 reviews by mainstream critics.[18]

On the television show Ebert & Roeper, both Richard Roeper and guest reviewer Aisha Tyler gave the film a "thumbs up" rating.[19] Among other positive reviews were from Variety,[20] David Edelstien of New York Magazine,[21] Ethan Alter of Premiere Magazine,[22] Victoria Alexander of,[23] Jeanne Aufmuth of Palo Alto Weekly,[24] Brett Buckalew of,[25] Hollywood Reporter,[26] and Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly.[27]

Some criticism came from Christy Lemire, who described the film as self-parody.[28] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times also criticized the film's premise as implausible and derivative, and the plot development as cursory, while Colm Andrew of the Manx Independent said the film "captures the look and feel of the first Rocky but becomes too much of a sentimental homage" and overall "there is little point in joining Stallone on this ultimately dull nostalgia trip".[29]

Stallone was quoted as having told reporters that he would rather ' something that he enjoyed badly, than feel bad about not doing something he enjoyed.'

The film was greeted warmly by the majority of the boxing community, with many experts believing the Rocky character is still a key symbol of the sport and that the boxing scenes were the most realistic of any film. On the DVD, Stallone attributes this to the fact that he used realistic sound-effects (the previous installments had become notorious for their unrealistic and loud sounds of punches landing) and the fact that both Stallone and Tarver threw real punches at each other.[30]

Box office

The film was an unexpected box office success and exceeded studio expectations grossing over three times the opening night estimates of (at best) $2,000,000 and doing so despite a harsh spell of winter weather.[31] The film not only finished third in its opening weekend, grossing $12,540,000,[32] but eventually became Stallone's most successful starring role since 1993's Cliffhanger[33] and the sixth highest grossing boxing film of all time, topped only by the first Rocky through IV and Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby.[34] Total U.S. box office gross receipts were $70,269,899 while the international gross stands at $85,449,806 making for a total worldwide gross of $155,721,132.[35]


Whether the film Rocky Balboa has a soundtrack is subject to some debate. On December 26, 2006, Capitol Records released a CD titled "Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky" which had a logo and cover art that was identical to the film's theatrical poster.

The CD itself contains short dialogue clips and musical tracks, some of which are remixes, from all the Rocky films. Notable though is that only three of its nineteen total tracks are from the Rocky Balboa film: two dialogue tracks and the Three 6 Mafia song "It's a Fight" (The UK version contains the additional track "Still Here" by Natasha Bedingfield). This has led some to categorize the CD as a compilation while others suggest that it is a soundtrack and that the use of past material simply reflects the film's extensive use of flashbacks.

Relevant to this debate is the absence of any compositions by Rocky IV composer Vince DiCola, except for the song "Hearts on Fire", co-written by DiCola, Ed Fruge and Joe Esposito. DiCola is the only person, other than Bill Conti, to act as composer on a Rocky film and his work was used extensively on the 1991 compilation CD "The Rocky Story: Songs From The Rocky Movies". The missing DiCola tracks are the only tracks on the 1991 CD that are not present on the new CD which indicates an effort to use only Rocky Balboa composer Conti's tracks.[36]

Home release

Rocky Balboa is available in three formats: Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and UMD. It was released in Region 1 on March 20 and Region 2 on May 21, 2007. The film has made $35,622,998 in DVD sales.[1] Features on the Blu-ray Disc and DVD include: deleted scenes along with an alternate ending (where Rocky wins the split decision), bloopers, a commentary, and several featurettes. In addition, the Blu-ray version features all of the DVD's content in 1080p High Definition Video.[37]

Video game

On December 13, 2006, it was officially announced by Ubisoft and MGM that a new Rocky video game, titled Rocky Balboa, was to be made exclusively for the PlayStation Portable handheld console. It was released on March 20, 2007, to coincide with the Blu-ray and DVD release.[38]


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Rocky Balboa is a 2006 film from written and directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa. It is the sixth and final film in the Rocky series, which began with the Oscar-winning Rocky thirty years earlier in 1976. Balboa, a retired widower living in Kensington, Philadelphia, owns and operates an Italian restaurant in the city called "Adrian's", named after his late wife. He decides to try his hand at one final match, ending up in an exhibition against the reigning champ.


Rocky Balboa

  • [repeated line] Yo, how you doin'?
  • [visiting his old house as he thinks about Adrian] I remember when she was standing there all nervous and shy with that small smile... And all I wanted her to do was trust me... And she did... she did...
  • I'll leave it on the steps... Steps.
  • Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that! I'm always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You're my son, you're my blood. You're the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life.
  • I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago, you gotta think like you think.
  • It's your right to listen to your gut, it ain't nobody's right to say no after you earned the right to be what you wanna be and do what you wanna do.
  • I think every guy should at one time try to name an animal or something.
  • I feel like a kangaroo... all this stuff in my pocket.
  • You know, a lot of people come to Las Vegas to lose. I didn't.
  • Hey don't hit me, I'm brittle.
  • What's so crazy about standing toe-to-toe with someone saying "I am"?
  • You know, I could have done nothing without you. Yo Adrian, we did it... we did it.


  • What an ugly dog!
  • Hide the silverware.
  • Hey Rock! This is the last round of your life!
  • I ain't no talkin' building, Rocky!
  • You're livin' backwards, Rocko! Change the channel from yesterday! Yesterday wasn't so great!
  • [As Rocky points out the site of the rink where he took Adrian skating] Ice is stupid!
  • Who's the Criminal?
  • I told ya, I love Sinatra.


  • Ilt doesn't matlter how this looks to other people, it matters how it looks to you. If this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.
  • The last thing to age on somebody is their heart.


  • You throw a big shadow.
  • [talking to Rocky as he is getting ready for round three] Hey, stay on him! Everybody thought this was a joke, including me! Now, nobody's laughing! Stay on him!


Duke: Gettin' stronger!
HBO Commentator: Yet another quick knockout for Mason Dixon, almost perfunctory; the fans let him know how they feel about it.


Martin: You got everything money can buy, except what it can't. Its pride. Pride is what got your ass out here, and losing is what brought ya back. But people like you, they need to be tested. They need a challenge.
Mason 'The Line' Dixon: But you know that ain't never gonna happen. There ain't anybody out there, Martin.
Martin: There's always somebody out there. Always. And when that time comes and you find something standing in front of you, something that ain't running and ain't backing up and is hitting on you and you're too damn tired to breathe. You find that situation on you. That's good, 'cause that's baptism under fire! Oh, you get through that and you find the only kind of respect that matters in this damn world, self-respect.

Rocky: Yo, don't I got some rights?
Boxing Commissioner: What rights do you think you're referring to?
Rocky: Rights, like in that official piece of paper they wrote down the street there?
Boxing Commissioner: That's the Bill of Rights.
Rocky: Yeah yeah, the Bill of Rights. Don't it say something about going after what makes you happy?
Boxing Commissioner: No, that's the pursuit of happiness. But what's your point?
Rocky: My point is, I'm pursuing something and nobody looks too happy about it.
Boxing Commissioner: But, we're just looking out for your interests.
Rocky: I appreciate that, but maybe you're looking out for your interests just a little bit more. I mean you shouldn't be asking people to come down here and pay the freight on something they paid, it still ain't good enough, I mean you think that's right? I mean maybe you're doing your job but why you gotta stop me from doing mine? Cause if you're willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who's got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something... and you're told no, even after you paid your dues? Who's got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It's your right to listen to your gut, it ain't nobody's right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!... You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that's life. The only thing I'm asking you guys to leave on the table... is what's right.

Marie: Do you have a reservation?
Paulie: Do I look like a freakin' Indian?

Commentator: (After Dixon lands another easy knockout) The world of boxing is looking for a warrior who captivates us with his passion.

Rocky: Ya know they always say if you live in one place long enough, you are that place.
Paulie: I ain't no talking building, Rock.

Rocky: I'd rather do something I love badly than...
Paulie: ...than to do bad by not doing something you love.

Rocky: Come on Paulie, we're about to serve today's special.
Paulie: Italian food cooked up by a bunch of Mexicans doesn't sound so special to me, Rock.

Paulie: Are you still mad that Adrian left you?
Rocky: She didn't leave, Paulie. She died.

Duke: You know all there is to know about fighting, so there's no sense us going down that same old road again. To beat this guy, you need speed - you don't have it. And your knees can't take the pounding, so hard running is out. And you got arthritis in your neck, and you've got calcium deposits on most of your joints, so sparring is out.
Paulie: I had that problem.
Duke: So, what we'll be calling on is good ol’ fashion blunt force trauma. Horsepower. Heavy-duty, cast-iron, piledriving punches that will have to hurt so much they'll rattle his ancestors. Every time you hit him with a shot, it's gotta feel like he tried kissing the express train. Yeah! Let's start building some hurtin' bombs!

Mason 'The Line' Dixon: It's already over.
Rocky: Nothing's over 'til it's over.
Mason 'The Line' Dixon: What's that from, the 80's?
Rocky: That's probably the 70's.

Rocky: Hey yo, champ, aren't you a little scared?
Mason 'The Line' Dixon: I don't get scared. [walks away]
Rocky: [turns and walks away with his son] You know, I think you try harder when you're scared... that's when it's worked best for me.

Rocky: [to a ESPN commentator before the fight with Dixon] How you doin'?
ESPN Commentator: [to his colleages] Rocky Balboa just asked me how I', doing. Now, I grew up watching this guy. I never thought that I would be calling one of his fights! Unbeliveable. I'm a fan, I can't help it.

Mason 'The Line' Dixon: [before the final round] You are one crazy old man.
Rocky: You'll get there.

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