United Artists Released 1976




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John G. Avildsen

Rocky, is the story of a small town aging Philadelphia boxer who gets a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world. Rocky, also nick named "The Italian Stallion" is presented with the opportunity to fight Apollo Creed, the current heavyweight champion of the world, with the idea in mind to give a "nobody" a shot to become a "somebody". Rocky begins to train with his trainer Mickey who has always believed that Rocky possessed the talent and heart to become a great fighter, but let the streets and everyday life get in the way. Along the way Rocky meets a shy, yet intriguing woman named Adrian who gives him strength and confidence, that he needs to keep driving towards his fight with Apollo. Could this "nobody" pull off the upset, or could this have a tragic ending for the Italian Stallion?


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    On paper, neither character may seem terribly appealing, but on the screen they steal your heart away, but completely...Not only did that last reel include some of the most wildly ...

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    By now, everyone knows who wins, but the scenes before the fight set us up for it so completely, so emotionally, that when it's over we've had it. We're drained.

  • 88

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The basic storyline has been done to death over the years; this is still one of the most effective and successful applications of the formula.

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    • Production Budget - $1,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $117,235,147 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $225,000,000 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $449,126,197
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $861,971,831

    • Other production companies:
      Chartoff-Winkler Productions
      Chapel Distribution (AU distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. His whole life was a million-to-one shot.
      2. You have a ringside seat for the bloodiest bicentennial in history!
      3. He's a has-been battler with one dream left...and one last chance.
      4. Meet the "Italian Stallion": a small-time guy with big-time guts who yearns to be a hero...just once!
      5. A Philadelphia fighter who never made the big time...He showed he could take on a challenge...and won something bigger than a championship bout.

    • Rocky's worldwide adjusted box office of $861,971,831 makes it the number one grossing sports movie ever. (as of 2013)

    • Rocky made approximately 225 times its budget at the box office, making it (as of 2012) the 7th most successful movie ever, relative to its budget.

    • Filming locations include:
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Kensington, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Los Angeles Sports Arena, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California
      Olympic Auditorium, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Pat's King of Steaks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Resurrection Gym, East Los Angeles, California
      Santa Monica, California
      Shamrock Meats, Vernon, California

    • Music:
      Take Me Back
      Music & Lyrics by Frank Stallone
      Performed by Valentine
      Rocky's Theme
      Music by Bill Conti
      Lyrics by Carol Connors & Ayn Robbins
      Sung by Deetta West & Nelson Pigford
      Gonna Fly
      Music by Bill Conti
      Lyrics by Carol Connors & Ayn Robbins
      Sung by Deetta West & Nelson Pigford
      Summer Madness
      Performed by Kool & The Gang
      The First Noel
      Traditional 17th century hymn
      Jingle Bells
      Music by James Pierpont
      Played on the radio
      Silent Night, Holy Night
      Music by Franz Gruber
      Played on the radio
      Deck the Halls
      Traditional Welsh melody
      Played on the radio
      U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
      Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genevieve de Brabant"

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      Film Editing
      Director - Sylvester Stallone


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