• Rocky (1976)

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Release Date: December 1st, 1976

DVD Release Date: April 24th, 2001

PG |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), when the undefeated fighter's scheduled opponent is injured. While training with feisty former bantamweight contender Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), Rocky tentatively begins a relationship with Adrian (Talia Shire), the wallflower sister of his meat-packer pal Paulie (Burt Young).

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Thayer David, Joe Spinell, James Gambina

Director: John G. Avildsen

Genres: Drama

Production Co: United Artists

Distributors: United Artists, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., CBS/Fox

Keywords: Endearing, Gripping, 1970s, Love, Rise, Girlfriend, Inspiring, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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. show more

  • 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 exciting fight footage ever put on the screen, but it also provided an emotionally gratifying capstone to a picture that is truly an ode to the human spirit. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
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