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The only remaining evidence that Sylvester Stallone might have had a respectable career, this 1976 Oscar winner (for Best Picture, Director, and Editing) is still the quintessential ode to an underdog and one of the best boxing movies ever made. After writing the script about a two-bit boxer who gets a "million-to-one shot" against the world heavyweight champion, Stallone insisted that he star in the title role, and his equally unknown status helped to catapult him (and this rousing film) to overnight success. The story is familiar, but it has been handled with such vitality and emotional honesty that you can't help but leap and cheer for Rocky Balboa, the chump turned champ (despite his valiant defeat in the ring) who stuns the boxing world with the support of his timid girlfriend, Adrian (Talia Shire), and grizzled trainer, Gus (Burgess Meredith). Oscar nominations went to all the lead actors (including Burt Young as Adrian's hot-tempered brother), but four sequels could never top the universal appeal of this low-budget crowd pleaser. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby


Sylvester StalloneRocky Balboa
Talia ShireAdrian Pennino
Burt YoungPaulie Pennino
Carl WeathersApollo Creed
Burgess MeredithMickey Goldmill
Thayer DavidGeorge Jergens
Joe SpinellTony Gazzo

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: John G. Avildsen
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 119 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1,Fullscreen 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 2003
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