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Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers View All


John G. Avildsen (Director), Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay) View All

Released: Nov. 21st, 1976
Runtime: 1 hour, 59 minutes
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.
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Rocky and his story is obviously the centrepiece of the film, but he is surrounded by characters with just as much depth as he has. Everyone feels real, and from the heart.
He is good at his work even if his heart gets in the way sometimes and he recently lost his locker at the gym where he....
Now when John Mahoney's character said "fruity," I felt he meant "human." I don't know about you, but I think a human boxing story is something the world needs rather than ninety minutes of punching. My point is simple.
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