Rocky

  • PG
  • John G Avildsen (1976)
  • US
  • 114 min
Rocky
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Dusting down the classic Hollywood story of the little man winning big, this triple-Oscar-winning boxing drama is shot through with genuine impassioned commitment, born of the fact that Sylvester Stallone realised that this was his best hope of stardom. The notion, then, of success hanging by a thread unites both the character of boxer Rocky Balboa and of Stallone himself. Stallone, in fact, is highly convincing as a mumbling Philadelphia no-hoper who makes the most of his opportunities and ends up having a crack at the loquacious heavyweight champion of the world, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers, by way of Muhammad Ali). Sly also wrote the script and was rewarded with Oscar nominations for both acting and writing.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning sports drama written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. Rocky Balboa is a down-on-his-luck boxer scraping a living collecting debts for a Philadelphia loan shark. But when heavyweight champion Apollo Creed puts his title up for grabs in a US Bicentennial publicity stunt, Balboa receives an unexpected shot at the big time.

Cast and crew

Cast

Rocky Balboa
Sylvester Stallone
Adrian
Talia Shire
Paulie
Burt Young
Apollo Creed
Carl Weathers
Mickey
Burgess Meredith
Jergens
Thayer David
Gazzo
Joe Spinell
Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier

Crew

Director
John G Avildsen

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Pathe Pictures Ltd
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama