Rocky 1 (1976)
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|Nominated for 10 Academy Awards and winner for Best Picture, it's the film that inspired a nation! Audiences and critics alike cheered this American success story of an "everyman" triumphing over all odds. Featuring a dynamic musical score, a thrilling fight sequence and four Oscar-nominated performances, this rousing crowd-pleaser will send spirits soaring. Fighting for love, glory and self-respect, Rocky scores an exultant knockout! Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere. But when a stroke of fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion, Rocky knows that it's his one shot at the big time--a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner!|
Editor's NoteDirector John G. Avildsen's ROCKY is the stand-up-and-cheer saga of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), an underdog boxer who gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect, and the world heavyweight title. Rocky is a down-on-his-luck Philadelphia southpaw who works at a meat-packing factory while fighting at a local club. He's given the chance of a lifetime when the world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), chooses him as an unlikely opponent in his championship bicentennial fight. What was originally planned as a publicity stunt becomes a chance for Rocky to prove himself as a prizefighter while training with his cantankerous manager, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), to rise to the challenge. Thrilling scenes of Rocky's arduous training, including his unforgettable run up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, are interspersed with a sweet and touching love story between the fighter and his best friend's shy sister, Adrian (Talia Shire). With the love of Adrian on his side, Rocky struggles to overcome the odds, fighting with all his heart in the glorious and brutal finale. Shot with gritty realism on the mean streets of Philadelphia, ROCKY introduced a new American cinematic hero, spurred on by rollicking action sequences and a rousing soundtrack. A triumph for star and screenwriter Stallone, who himself came from nowhere to reach the top, ROCKY is crowd-pleasing entertainment at its finest.
Cast & Crew
|Irwin Winkler - Producer|
|James Crabe - Cinematographer|
|John G. Avildsen - Director|
|Robert Chartoff - Producer|
|Scott Conrad - Editor|
|Sylvester Stallone - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryIn ROCKY, a young boxer from Philadelphia rises from obscurity to get a shot at the world boxing championship.
|John G. Avildsen, Winner, Best Director|
|Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, Winner, Best Picture|
|Sylvester Stallone, Nominee, Best Actor|
|Talia Shire, Nominee, Best Actress|
|Burgess Meredith, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor|
|Burt Young, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor|
|"Your nose is broken."----Mickey (Burgess Meredith)|"How does it look?"----Rocky (Sylvester Stallone)|"Ah, it's an improvement."----Mickey|
|"Why do you wanna fight?"----Adrian (Talia Shire)|"Because I can't sing or dance."----Rocky|
|"I can't beat him. But that don't bother me. The only thing I want to do is to go the distance, that's all. Because if that bell rings and I'm still standing, then I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I wasn't just another bum from the neighborhood."----Rocky|