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 Written by
Sylvester Stallone Screenplay

 Directed by
John G. Avildsen

When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.

His whole life was a million-to-one shot.

 Release Date
November 21, 1976

119 minutes


Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire Adrianna "Adrian" Pennino
Burt Young Paulie
Carl Weathers Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith Mickey Goldmill
Thayer David Jergens
Joe Spinell Gazzo
Tony Burton Duke
Joe Frazier Himself
Jimmy Gambina Mike
Jodi Letizia Marie
Stan Shaw Dipper
DeForest Covan Apollo's Corner
Bill Baldwin Fight Announcer
Lloyd Kaufman Drunk
Al Silvani Cut Man
George Memmoli Ice Rink Attendant
Frank Stallone Timekeeper
Diana Lewis TV Commentator 1
George O'Hanlon TV Commentator 2
Larry Carroll TV Interviewer
Frank Stallone Streetcorner Singer
Don Sherman Bartender
Billy Sands Club Fight Announcer
Simmy Bow Club Corner Man
Jane Marla Robbins Owner of Pet Shop
Shirley O'Hara Secretary
Kathleen Parker Paulie's Date
Hank Rolike Apollo Corner Man
Frankie Van Club Fight Referee
Pedro Lovell Club Fighter
Michael Dorn Apollo Creed's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Frank Pesce Spectator (uncredited)
John Pleshette Aftershave Commercial Director (uncredited)
Lavelle Roby Mary Anne Creed (uncredited)
Stu Nahan Fight Commentator (uncredited)
Arnold Johnson Spectator (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey Reporter (uncredited)

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Rough but incredibly powerful
By Jack Anderson on March 12, 2018

This film is sublime. It may feel like a low key movie from the seventies. But boy does it work perfectly. Because of its extremely low budget, we actually come to believe deeply in the story and the characters. Because everything feels so damn true. This is once more an example of a movie where the quality actually increases because of the production challenges, like so many other before and after it.

And this message of the movie gets exacerbated and become so much more powerful, thanks to the low key production and realistic nature of the film.
Because this movie is the ultimate struggle. Almost all stories, whether in film, series or literature are about a struggle, whether an external one with an external character, or a struggle from within. In this movie, we get both. Not only Rocky will have to fight Apollo Creed, but at the same time, we can clearly see that there is a struggle within him. This is especially true when we get to witness the beautiful scene between him and his trainer, when Mike visits Rocky at home.

The soundtrack, like with so many outstanding movies, is brilliant. The score is definitely one of the most memorable in the history of cinema.

One of the best films from the 70's. I give it a high 9 out of 10. An incredibly good and powerful movie.


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 Saga: Rocky
Rocky 1976 Movie
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Creed 2015 Movie
Creed II 2018 Movie

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