Rocky

Rocky

Rocky

Sylvester Stallone's classic, American dream sports drama following small time boxer Rocky Balboa's once-in-a-lifetime shot at winning the heavyweight title, as well as his own sense of self-respect. Winner of Best Picture at the 1977 Academy Awards.

Working class Philadelphian Balboa (Stallone) has struggled to ascend past his 'nobody' status as a boxer. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) visits his local town, a money-spinning exhibition match is set up: the world champ will give an unknown the chance for a title. Loving his nickname 'The Italian Stallion', Balboa is selected. With his ex-trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) and girlfriend Adrian (Talia Shire) by his side, Balboa takes on the tremendous odds, setting motion to a triumphant underdog story.

Winner of Best Picture and Director, Academy Awards 1977.
1976Rating: PG, N/A119 minsUSA
ActionDramaSportRomance
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A Classic

One of the great feel good films of all time. Saw it for the first time as a kid so had to really concentrate on Stallone's speech but the rousing score and big heart of Rocky won me over and I joined in the cheers of the audience Rock-ky Rock-ky.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

May be patronizing the lower end of the blue-collar mentality, as much if not more than the characters who keep putting Rocky down on the screen.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The screenplay is purest Hollywood make-believe... there would be nothing wrong with that, had the film been executed with any verve.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Rocky isn't about a story, it's about a hero. And it's inhabited with supreme confidence by a star.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Delivers some cracking punches, both literally and emotionally.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

The memorable combination of the torturous gym workouts, the runs through the streets of Philadelphia and the carcass-beating in the abattoir all combine beautifully.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

May be patronizing the lower end of the blue-collar mentality, as much if not more than the characters who keep putting Rocky down on the screen.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The screenplay is purest Hollywood make-believe... there would be nothing wrong with that, had the film been executed with any verve.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Rocky isn't about a story, it's about a hero. And it's inhabited with supreme confidence by a star.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Delivers some cracking punches, both literally and emotionally.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

The memorable combination of the torturous gym workouts, the runs through the streets of Philadelphia and the carcass-beating in the abattoir all combine beautifully.

5.0

A Classic

One of the great feel good films of all time. Saw it for the first time as a kid so had to really concentrate on Stallone's speech but the rousing score and big heart of Rocky won me over and I joined in the cheers of the audience Rock-ky Rock-ky.

5.0