Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
John G. Avildsen (Director), Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)
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.
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.
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.