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Rocky

HD   PG Closed Captioning

John G. Avildsen

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About the Movie

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a Philadelphia boxer, is but one step removed from total bum-hood. A once-promising pugilist, Rocky is now taking nickel-and-dime bouts and running strongarm errands for local loan sharks to survive. Even his supportive trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), has given up on Rocky. All this changes thanks to Muhammad Ali-like super-boxer Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). With the Bicentennial celebration coming up, Creed must find a "Cinderella" opponent for the big July 4th bout — some unknown whom Creed can "glorify" for a few minutes before knocking him cold. Rocky Balboa was not the only Cinderella involved here: writer/director Sylvester Stallone, himself a virtual unknown, managed to sell his Rocky script (one of 35 that he'd written over the years) on the proviso that he be given the starring role. Since the film was to be made on a shoestring and marketed on a low-level basis, the risk factor to United Artists was small. For Stallone, this was a make-or-break opportunity — just like Rocky's million-to-one shot with Apollo Creed. Costing under a million dollars, Rocky managed to register with audiences everywhere, earning back 60 times its cost. The film won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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93%
  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There are occasional flashes that the film 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. However, Avildsen is noted for creating such ambiguities. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Feb 17, 2011

Fresh: In addition to a heart-warming script, Stallone has created on the screen a character of enormous appeal and charm - half-articulate but funny, gruff but good-hearted. – Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 24, 2015

Fresh: Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound. – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Feb 6, 2013

Fresh: Like the movies of Frank Capra, Rocky is a glowing tribute to the human spirit - a chin-up reminder that the decent, little guys of the world often accomplish the impossible if only because they try so hard. – Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News, Feb 24, 2016

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Customer Reviews

At last some quality meat in the itunes store!

Now we're getting somewhere. Let's get more '70s auteur cinema into the iTunes store. Go Rocky!

only one of the greatest movies of all time!!

This movie is unbelievable. I am very excited to see it on iTunes! This is a great addition! This movie has a unique feel to it-more so than the other Rocky movies. This movie focuses on all of the characters and their development-get this movie now! You will not be disappointed!

A Must-Have Classic!

I was just telling my son about the Rocky movies then ((BAM)) here it is! Thanks iTunes.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1976

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Available Bundle

  1. Rocky Heavyweight Collection, MGM