Rocky III

United Artists Released 1982




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Sylvester Stallone

Rocky III finds heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa at the top of the heap. No longer an underdog, Rocky is a superstar who even has a statue in front of the art museum in his hometown of Philadelphia. Rich and complacent, Rocky is challenged by the young, hungry and aggressive Clubber Lang. Lang enrages Rocky by criticizing his opponents and denigrating his wife Adrian. Just before their big fight at the Philadelphia Spectrum, Lang shoves Rocky's longtime trainer Mickey causing him to have a heart attack. After the loss of the fight and Mickey's death, Rocky rededicates himself to defeating Lang with the aid of an unlikely former nemesis in Apollo Creed.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Rocky III looks good -- a lean film with a bit of muscle. Stallone makes it eminently watchable. And that's probably more than we should have expected. [28 May 1982, p.C1]

  • 70

    Time Out London

    As audience movie-making in its purest form, the film is a delight, but it's also so obviously based on Stallone's own personal struggle with success that the mind boggles as to wh...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Rocky III, unlike its twin predecessors, is a charmlessly manipulative movie. The magic is kaput. [28 May 1982]

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    • Production Budget - $17,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $125,049,125 (4th)
      Worldwide Gross - $270,000,000 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $347,075,122
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $749,387,755

    • Production Companies:
      MGM / UA (US distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Biltmore Hotel, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
      Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Garden Arena, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
      Las Vegas, Nevada
      Los Angeles, California
      New York City, New York
      Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, California

    • Taglines:
      1. The greatest challenge.
      2. The Excitement... The Power... The Man...
      3. The legend continues...The Italian Stallion is back!!
      4. A Fighter. A Lover. A Legend. The Greatest Challenge.
      5. His life is happy, his fights have seemed easy. Now a young upstart is going to make him prove just how far he can still go...

    • Music:
      Eye of the Tiger
      Composed and Produced by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
      Performed by Survivor
      Music by Bill Conti
      Lyrics by Frank Stallone
      Performed by Frank Stallone
      Take You Back
      Written and Performed by Frank Stallone

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Original Song - "Eye of the Tiger"


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