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Rocky (1976)
Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Genre: Sports Drama

"Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect."

I usually like to use a photo for my review that meant something to me. Mostly I use photos from a favorite scene or memorable moment. And this time it was the pet store scene. Which to me was what the heart of Rocky was all about, the relationship between two seemingly mismatched people who form a deep bond between them.

I really liked the small budget, on location indie film, feeling that Rocky had. I didn't expect that from this film. I thought this would be a glossy, big budget, feel good flick. Instead it felt more personal and more real too. I know that Sylvester Stallone had wrote the script and tried for years to get his movie made. I'm glad he did, it was quite the achievement for a unknowing to get his movie made.

I thought I had seen Rocky decades ago, but realized during the movie that I was watching it for the very first time!

I thought Stallone was excellent here, very personable and very realistic, I liked his character. I've basically not seen him in any other movies, with the exception of Creed (2015) and Death Race 2000 (1975). So to me this was all new.

I liked the Talia Shire character Adrian, though it was kind of funny how she went from nearly catatonic and frumpy looking, to very stylish dressed...and where did her glasses go?...I liked her best in the pet store scene and the first part of the movie. I wish her character had been developed more, because to me the story of Rocky getting his own life together, was more interesting than the boxing.

I liked it, very glad to have seen it.