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Rocky Balboa

  • Drama
  • Action
  • 2006
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • 97 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Boxing drama starring, written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. A TV sports show airs a computer-simulated fight between ex-heavyweight champ Rocky Balboa and current title holder Mason "The Line" Dixon. The interest the programme sparks sees Dixon's management entertain the idea of a real-life charity bout. But Rocky is long since retired and nearly twice the age of his prospective opponent, and the idea of a late shot at glory puts an extra strain on his already damaged relationship with his son.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Rocky BalboaSylvester Stallone
PaulieBurt Young
Robert Balboa JrMilo Ventimiglia
Mason "The Line" DixonAntonio Tarver
MarieGeraldine Hughes
DukeTony Burton
LCA J Benza
StepsJames Francis Kelly III
Mike TysonMike Tyson
Lou DiBellaLou DiBella
AdrianTalia Shire

Crew

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DirectorSylvester Stallone

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2007-01-19
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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