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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 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 unknown to get his movie made.

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.