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Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

Sylvester Stallone (2006)

97min
12 Certificate
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In the sixth entry in the Rocky series, 60-year-old Sylvester Stallone returns to the franchise that launched his career back in 1976. Writing, directing and starring, Stallone offers an affectionate, nostalgic take on this iconic character, imbuing Rocky with a lived-in pathos. A long first half sees the washed-up fighter back on the streets of Philadelphia, surveying his life as a widower. Tear-jerking clichés eventually give way to the main event, as Rocky is tempted out of retirement to exorcise his demons in an exhibition bout against the current heavyweight champ (played by real-life former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver). Hokey and appallingly sentimental, Rocky Balboa should be risible. Yet, as Bill Conti's timeless score gathers on the soundtrack and Stallone rolls with the punches, this old warhorse proves it still has what it takes to be a contender.

Summary

The ageing fighter contemplates a return to the ring when a computer simulation reveals he would have defeated the current world heavyweight champion Mason `The Line' Dixon, who responds by challenging Rocky to face him for real. Boxing drama sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia and Tony Burton.

Cast & Crew

Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone
Paulie Burt Young
Robert Balboa Jr Milo Ventimiglia
Mason "The Line" Dixon Antonio Tarver
Marie Geraldine Hughes
Duke Tony Burton
LC A J Benza
Steps James Francis Kelly III
Mike Tyson Mike Tyson
Lou DiBella Lou DiBella
Adrian Talia Shire
Director Sylvester Stallone
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 19 Jan 2007

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