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Rocky

Original poster
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Produced by Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Written by Sylvester Stallone
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Carl Weathers
Burgess Meredith
Tony Burton
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography James Crabe
Editing by Richard Halsey
Scott Conrad
Distributed by Flag of the United States United Artists
Release date(s) November 21, 1976
Running time 120 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget US$1,100,000
Followed by Rocky II
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Rocky is a 1976 film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. It tells the rags-to-riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but good-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in Philadelphia. Balboa is also a club fighter who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship when the scheduled contender breaks his hand. Also starring in Rocky are Talia Shire as Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian's brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Mickey Goldmill, Rocky's trainer and Carl Weathers as the champion, Apollo Creed. Rocky is a 1976 film starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, a no-name boxer from Philadelphia. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (512x755, 62 KB) Summary Rocky theatrical poster Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... John Gilbert Avildsen (born December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American film director. ... Robert Chartoff (b. ... Irwin Winkler (born May 25, 1931) is an American film producer and director. ... Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone[1] (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone[1] (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is a two-time Academy-Award nominated American actress. ... Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American actor, painter and author. ... Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor, as well as former professional American and Canadian league football player. ... Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907[1] – September 9, 1997) was a versatile American actor. ... Tony Burton is an American actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the film studio. ... is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1976 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Rocky II is the 1979 sequel to Rocky, a motion picture in which an unknown boxer had been given a chance to go the distance with the World Heavyweight Champion. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone[1] (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... John Gilbert Avildsen (born December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois) is an American film director. ... Rags To Riches was a TV show that was broadcast on NBC for two seasons from 1987 to 1988. ... For other uses, see American Dream (disambiguation). ... Robert Rocky Balboa, Sr. ... A collection agency is a business that pursues payments on debts owed by individuals or businesses. ... A loan shark is a person or body that offers illegal unsecured loans at high interest rates to individuals, often backed by blackmail or threats of violence. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is the name given to a number of unrelated titles, meant to emphasize the top championship of boxing, professional wrestling, mixed martial arts, or other similar sports and performance arts. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is a two-time Academy-Award nominated American actress. ... Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American actor, painter and author. ... Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907[1] – September 9, 1997) was a versatile American actor. ... Michael Mickey Goldmill (April 7, 1905 - August 15, 1981) is a fictional boxing trainer created by Sylvester Stallone and portrayed by Burgess Meredith. ... Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor, as well as former professional American and Canadian league football player. ... Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky (series) of films, initially portrayed as the World Heavyweight Champion. ...


The film, made for only US$1.2 million,[1] and shot relatively fast in 28 days, was a sleeper hit; it made over US$117.2 million,[2] won three Oscars, including Best Picture, and garnered mostly positive reviews which helped to launch Stallone's career.[3] The film spawned five sequels: Rocky II, III, IV, V and Rocky Balboa. A sleeper hit (often simply called a sleeper) refers to a film, book, album, TV show, or video game that gains unexpected success or recognition. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ... Rocky is a saga of popular action films starring Sylvester Stallone, who plays in these films the fictional boxer Rocky Balboa. ... Rocky II is the 1979 sequel to Rocky, a motion picture in which an unknown boxer had been given a chance to go the distance with the World Heavyweight Champion. ... Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series. ... For the soundtrack to the movie, see Rocky IV (album). ... Rocky V is the fifth film in the Rocky film saga. ... Rocky VI redirects here. ...

Contents

Production

The studio liked the script, which was considered as a vehicle for established stars Burt Reynolds or James Caan, among others. Stallone held out, demanding he be given a chance to star in the film. He later said that he would have never forgiven himself if the film became a success with someone else in the lead. He also knew that producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff's contract with the studio enabled them to "greenlight" a project if the budget was kept low enough. Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. ... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Irwin Winkler (born May 25, 1931) is an American film producer and director. ... Robert Chartoff (b. ...


Certain elements of the story were altered during filming. The original script had a darker tone: Mickey was portrayed as racist and the script ended with Rocky throwing the fight after realizing he did not want to be part of the professional boxing world after all.[4] Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial quota... Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. ...


Although Winkler and Chartoff were enthusiastic about the script, they were at first somewhat hesitant to allow Stallone to play the main character. The producers also had trouble casting other major characters in the story, with Adrian and Apollo Creed cast unusually late by production standards (both were ultimately cast on the same day). Real life boxer Ken Norton was initially handed the role of Apollo Creed but he pulled out and it was ultimately given to Carl Weathers. Interestingly, Norton had three fights with Muhammad Ali, who Creed was loosely based on. According to The Rocky Scrapbook, Carrie Snodgress was originally chosen to play Adrian, but a money dispute forced the producers to look elsewhere. Susan Sarandon auditioned for the role but was deemed too pretty for the character. After Talia Shire's ensuing audition along with Avildsen, Chartoff and Winkler insisted that she play the part.[citation needed] This article is about the hall of fame boxer. ... Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky (series) of films, initially portrayed as the World Heavyweight Champion. ... Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor, as well as former professional American and Canadian league football player. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... Carrie Snodgress (October 27, 1946 - April 1, 2004, Los Angeles, California) was an American actress. ... Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is a two-time Academy-Award nominated American actress. ...


Garrett Brown's Steadicam was used to accomplish a smooth shot running alongside Rocky during his training run up the flight of stairs. It was also used for some of the shots in the fight scenes, and can even be openly seen at the ringside during some wide shots of the final fight. (Rocky is often erroneously cited as the first film to use the Steadicam, although the distinction actually goes to Bound for Glory as the first production to use it. Marathon Man also has a claim, as it premiered prior to either film.[5]) The final fight scene was filmed in reverse order, with the actors starting out in heavy make-up.[4] Garrett Brown (native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) an American cinematographer, best known as the inventor of the Steadicam. ... To film this recreated Victorian London street scene, the cameraman next to the lamp post is using a steadicam and wearing the harness required to support it. ... For other uses, see Bound for Glory. ... Marathon Man is a 1976 film based on the novel of the same name by William Goldman. ... Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ...


During filming of Rocky, Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers suffered injuries due to filming the final fight with Stallone suffering bruised ribs and Weathers suffering a damaged nose.


The poster seen above the ring before Rocky fights Apollo Creed shows Rocky wearing red shorts with a white stripe when he actually wears white shorts with a red stripe. When Rocky points this out he is told that "it doesn't really matter does it?". This was an actual mistake made amongst the props department that they could not afford to rectify, so Stallone ad-libbed the scene.


Plot

Rocky Balboa is introduced as a small-time boxer and collector for a loan shark. The World Heavyweight Championship bout is scheduled for New Year's Day, 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial. When the opponent of undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed is injured, Creed comes up with the idea of fighting a local Philadelphia underdog and, because he likes Rocky's nickname, "The Italian Stallion," he selects the unknown fighter. For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... A loan shark is a person or body that offers illegal unsecured loans at high interest rates to individuals, often backed by blackmail or threats of violence. ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... This article is about the date January 1 in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Bicentennial was celebrated on Sunday, July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. ... This is a chronological list of world heavyweight boxing champions, as recognized by the following organizations: The World Boxing Association (WBA), founded in 1921 as the National Boxing Association (NBA), The World Boxing Council (WBC), founded in 1963, The International Boxing Federation (IBF), founded in 1983, and The World Boxing... Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky (series) of films, initially portrayed as the World Heavyweight Champion. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ...


To prepare for the fight, Rocky trains with 1920s-era ex-bantamweight fighter Mickey Goldmill, while Rocky's best friend, Paulie, a meat-packing plant worker, lets him practice his punches on the carcasses hanging in the freezers. During training, Rocky dates Paulie's quiet sister, Adrian. The night before the fight, Rocky confides in Adrian that he does not expect to beat Creed, and that all he wants is to go the distance with Creed, meaning last 15 rounds against him (the typical scheduled length of championship fights at the time). The 1920s they were sexy referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... The term bantamweight usually refers to a class in boxing or boxers who weigh between 112 and 118 pounds. ... Michael Mickey Goldmill (April 7, 1905 - August 15, 1981) is a fictional boxing trainer created by Sylvester Stallone and portrayed by Burgess Meredith. ...


Creed does not initially take the fight seriously, but Rocky unexpectedly knocks him down in the first round and the match turns intense. The fight indeed lasts 15 rounds with each fighter suffering many injuries. After the fight, Rocky calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring. As Creed is announced the winner by split decision, Adrian and Rocky embrace where they profess their love to one another. A split decision in boxing is the outcome of a boxing match (professional or amateur) in which two of the three judges score for the same boxer as the winner, while the third judge scores for the other boxer. ...


Cast

Main cast

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone[1] (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Robert Rocky Balboa, Sr. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is a two-time Academy-Award nominated American actress. ... Adrian Pennino (April 25, 1946- June 11, 2002) is a fictional character from the Rocky series, she is played by Talia Shire. ... Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American actor, painter and author. ... Paulie Pennino (born 1940) is a fictional character from the Rocky series. ... Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor, as well as former professional American and Canadian league football player. ... Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky (series) of films, initially portrayed as the World Heavyweight Champion. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907[1] – September 9, 1997) was a versatile American actor. ... Michael Mickey Goldmill (April 7, 1905 - August 15, 1981) is a fictional boxing trainer created by Sylvester Stallone and portrayed by Burgess Meredith. ... The term bantamweight usually refers to a class in boxing or boxers who weigh between 112 and 118 pounds. ... The 1920s they were sexy referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ...

Cameo appearances

With the character of outspoken Apollo Creed influenced by Muhammad Ali, one interesting detail is the cameo appearance of Joe Frazier, another real-life former world heavyweight champion who fought Ali three times. During the Academy Awards ceremony, Ali and Stallone staged a brief comic confrontation to show Ali was not offended by the film. For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... For the Major League Baseball player and manager, see Joe Frazier (baseball) Joseph William Smokin Joe Frazier (born January 12, 1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina) is a former world heavyweight boxing champion, active mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. ... For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Heavyweight (MMA). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


Due to the film's low budget, members of Stallone's family played minor roles. His father rings the bell to signal the start and end of a round, his brother Frank plays a street corner singer, and his first wife, Sasha, was the set photographer.[citation needed] Other cameos include Los Angeles television sportscaster Stu Nahan playing himself, alongside radio and TV broadcaster Bill Baldwin and Lloyd Kaufman, founder of the longest-running independent film company Troma, appearing as a drunk. Long time Detroit Channel 7 Action News anchor Diana Lewis has a small scene as a TV news reporter. Tony Burton appeared as Apollo Creed's trainer, a role he would reprise in the entire Rocky series, though he is not given an official name until Rocky II. Brad Leahy played a hot dog vendor. Frank Stallone, Jr. ... A photographer at the Calgary Folk Music Festival Paparazzi at the Tribeca Film Festival A photographer is a person who takes a photograph using a camera. ... American Sportscasters A sportscaster, sports announcer, or sports commentator is a type of journalist on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... A telvision veteran since the 1950s, Stu Nahan is best remembered for his role as a boxing commentator in all of the Rocky films as well as being a longtime sportscaster in the Los Angeles market. ... Lloyd Kaufman Lloyd Kaufman is an American film director, producer, and documentarian. ... Troma is a film production and distribution company, started by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz that, since 1974, has been producing low budget independent movies non-stop. ... Detroit redirects here. ... WXYZ-TV, channel 7, is the ABC affiliated television station in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is owned by The E.W. Scripps Company and is Scripps largest TV station. ... Action News is a local television newscast format in the United States. ... Tony Burton is an American actor. ...


Critical reception

Reviews

Rocky received positive reviews when it was released in 1976. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave Rocky 4 out of 4 stars,[7] and Box Office Magazine claimed that audiences would be "...touting Sylvester (Sly) Stallone as a new star".[8][9] However, Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it "pure '30s make believe" and slammed both Stallone's acting and Avildsen's directing, calling the latter "...none too decisive..."[10] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


More than 30 years later, the film enjoys a reputation as a classic and still receives generally positive reviews; Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 93% fresh rating.[11] Another positive online review came from the BBC Films website, with both reviewer Almar Haflidason and BBC online users giving it 5/5 stars.[12] In Steven J. Schneider's 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Schneider says the film is "often overlooked as schmaltz."[13] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Fat percentage can vary. ...


In 2006, Rocky was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ...


Awards

Rocky received ten Academy Awards nominations in nine categories winning three:[14] Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

Rocky has also appeared on several of the American Film Institute's 100 Years lists. ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

The Directors Guild of America awarded Rocky its annual award for best film of the year in 1976, and in 2006, Sylvester Stallone's original screenplay for Rocky was selected for the Writers Guild of America Award as the 78th best screenplay of all time.[20] The first of the AFI 100 Years. ... AFI’s 100 Years. ... 100 Years. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... // AFIs 100 Years. ... Director Guild of America building on Sunset Boulevard. ... The Directors Guild of America Awards are issued annually by the Directors Guild of America. ... Annual awards given out by the Writers Guild of America for outstanding achievements in film, TV, or radio writing. ...


Music

Rocky's soundtrack was composed by Bill Conti. The main theme song "Gonna Fly Now" made it to number one on the Billboard Magazines Hot 100 list for one week (from July 2 to July 8, 1977) and the American Film Institute placed it 58th on its AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs.[21][22] The complete soundtrack was re-released in 1988 by EMI on CD and cassette.[23] Bill Conti was also the composer for Rocky II, III, V, and Rocky Balboa.[24] In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) is the theme song from the movie Rocky, composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta Little & Nelson Pigford. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... Rocky II is the 1979 sequel to Rocky, a motion picture in which an unknown boxer had been given a chance to go the distance with the World Heavyweight Champion. ... Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series. ... Rocky V is the fifth film in the Rocky film saga. ... Rocky VI redirects here. ...


Although the Bill Conti version of "Gonna Fly Now" is the most recognizable arrangement, a cover of the song performed by legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on his Conquistador album prior to the release of the motion picture soundtrack actually outsold the soundtrack itself.[25] Walter Maynard Ferguson (May 4, 1928 – August 23, 2006) was a Canadian jazz trumpet player and bandleader. ...


U.S. Box Office

Rocky: US$117.2 million


The original Rocky was the most profitable entry of the series, with a budget of US$1.2 million.


Home video release history

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Stallone's Inspiration

Sylvester Stallone was inspired to create the film by the famous fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. Wepner had been TKO'd in the 15th round by Ali, but nobody ever expected him to last as long as he did. Wepner recalls in early January, 2000, "Sly (Stallone) called me about two weeks after the Ali fight and told me he was gonna make the movie." Chuck Wepner (born February 26, 1939) is a former heavyweight boxer, of Bayonne, New Jersey. ...


Rocky Steps

Main article: Rocky Steps
The statue, situated just northeast of the steps.
The statue, situated just northeast of the steps.

The famous scene of Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become a cultural icon. In 1982 a statue of Rocky, commissioned by Stallone for Rocky III, was placed at the top of the Rocky Steps. City Commerce Director Dick Doran claimed that Stallone and Rocky had done more for the city's image than "anyone since Ben Franklin."[26] The Rocky Steps are the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1062, 199 KB) Description: Philadelphia Museum of Art File links The following pages link to this file: Philadelphia Museum of Art ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1062, 199 KB) Description: Philadelphia Museum of Art File links The following pages link to this file: Philadelphia Museum of Art ... The Philadelphia Museum of Art, located at the west end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphias Fairmount Park, was established in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Exposition of the same year and is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 1. ... The Philadelphia Museum of Art, located at the west end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphias Fairmount Park, was established in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Exposition of the same year and is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. ... Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series. ... The Rocky Steps are the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. ... Dick Doran (1935-2007)served as a legislative assistant to Philadelphia Congressman William J. Green, as executive director of the Philadelphia Democratic County Executive Committee, as Chief of Staff to Governor Milton J. Shapp, as President of the Greater Philadelphia First Corporation, as Philadelphia City Representative and Director of Commerce... Portrait of Benjamin Franklin Dr. Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706–April 17, 1790) was an American journalist, publisher, author, philanthropist, abolitionist, public servant, scientist, librarian, diplomat, and inventor. ...


Differing opinions of the statue and its placement led to a relocation to the sidewalk outside the Philadelphia Spectrum Arena, although the statue was temporarily returned to the top of the steps in 1990 for Rocky V, and again in 2006 for the 30th anniversary of the original Rocky movie (although this time it was placed at the bottom of the steps). Later that year, it was permanently moved to a spot next to the steps.[26] The Wachovia Spectrum (formerly known as the Spectrum (1967-1994), CoreStates Spectrum (1994-1998) and First Union Spectrum (1998-2003)) is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Rocky V is the fifth film in the Rocky film saga. ...


The scene is frequently parodied in the media. In the Simpsons episode "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can", Lisa Simpson runs up a flight of stairs wearing a tracksuit similar to the one worn by Rocky.[27] In 2006 E! Entertainment Television named the "Rocky Steps" scene number 13 in its 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment.[28] Simpsons redirects here. ... Im Spelling as Fast as I Can is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons fourteenth season. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ...


During the 1996 Summer Olympics torch relay, Philadelphia native Dawn Staley was chosen to run up the museum steps. In 2004, Presidential candidate John Kerry ended his pre-convention campaign at the foot of the steps before going to Boston to accept his party's nomination for President.[29] The 1996 Summer h Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... Dawn Staley on the Houston Comets Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an US-American basketball player and coach. ... The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2004. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


Other films and media

To date Rocky has generated five sequels. The first, Rocky II (1979) sees Rocky reluctantly called back for a rematch with Apollo Creed. Rocky II reunited the entire cast of the original Rocky, and was just as successful, grossing $200 million worldwide.[30] A new character appears in 1982's Rocky III, Clubber Lang (played by Mr. T), an outspoken young fighter insisting on a fight with Rocky. Rocky loses this bout, with Mickey suffering a fatal heart attack before the fight (he dies thinking Rocky won, Rocky doesn't have the heart to tell him otherwise.) Rocky accepts an offer from his rival-turned-friend Apollo Creed for help in regaining the title. Rocky IV (1985) introduces Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a strong Soviet fighter who is convinced he can defeat any American fighter. A retired Apollo takes up the challenge and is killed in the ring by Drago. After Apollo's death, Rocky decides to fight against Drago, despite his wife Adrian urging him not to, and travels to the Soviet Union to train for the fight. Rocky defeats Drago but has to give up his official heavyweight title as the boxing commission did not sanction the fight. Released in 1990, Rocky V was a departure from the rest of the series, as Rocky no longer fights professionally, due to brain injuries, but instead trains younger fighters, including Tommy Gunn (played by real life boxer Tommy Morrison). It becomes apparent that Gunn is merely using Rocky's fame for his own ends, and the film ends with Rocky defeating Gunn in a fight in the street. The movie also is the first to introduce Rocky's son, Robert, as a major character. The final addition to the Rocky series,[31] Rocky Balboa , released in 2006, has the 60 year old Rocky fighting against a real-life boxer again, in this case former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver playing Mason "The Line" Dixon. Rocky Balboa was the most critically well received Rocky film of the entire series since the original, 30 years earlier. Rocky II is the 1979 sequel to Rocky, a motion picture in which an unknown boxer had been given a chance to go the distance with the World Heavyweight Champion. ... Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series. ... James Clubber Lang is a character that appeared as Rocky Balboas rival in the 1982 movie Rocky III. He was played by the popular bodyguard to the stars Mr. ... This article is about the actor. ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... For the soundtrack to the movie, see Rocky IV (album). ... Ivan Drago (Russian: ; portrayed by Dolph Lundgren) is a fictional character in the movie Rocky IV. Drago is characterized as an extremely tall (2011cm tall, as the real-life man) and powerful amateur boxing champion from the Soviet Union, as well as a former Olympic gold medalist. ... Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren, November 3, 1957[1]) is a Swedish actor, director and karateka. ... Rocky V is the fifth film in the Rocky film saga. ... Tommy The Machine Gunn is a fictional character from the film Rocky V. He is played by professional boxer Tommy Morrison. ... This article is about the American boxer. ... Rocky VI redirects here. ... Antonio Deon Tarver (born November 21, 1968), nicknamed the Magic Man, is a professional boxer from Orlando, Florida, who is the former undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world. ... The fight poster from the set of Rocky Balboa promotes the boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Mason The Line Dixon. ...


Video games

Several video games have been made based on the film. The first Rocky video game was released by Coleco for ColecoVision in August of 1983; the principal designer was Coleco staffer B. Dennis Sustare. Another was released in 1987 for the Sega Master System. More recently, a Rocky video game was released in 2002 for the Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Sony PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Xbox, and a sequel (Rocky Legends) was released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. In 2007 a video game called "Rocky Balboa" was released for PSP. Coleco (1932 - 1989) was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as Connecticut Leather Company. It became a highly successful toy company in the 1980s, known for its mass-produced version of Cabbage Patch Kids and, to a lesser extent, for its video game consoles Coleco Telstar and ColecoVision. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Sega Master System ) or SMS for short (1986 - 2000), is an 8-bit cartridge-based video game console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... The Game Boy Advance is a best-selling handheld. ... The two versions of the PS2 with an Eye Toy camera The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... For the Xboxs successor, see Xbox 360. ... For other uses, see Sequel (disambiguation). ... Rocky Legends is the sequel to the 2002 video game Rocky. ...


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  4. ^ a b "Rocky Trivia". Retrieved on 24 August, 2006.
  5. ^ Steadicam 30th anniversary press release.
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  25. ^ Liner notes of the Conquistador album
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  30. ^ Business Data for Rocky II at the Internet Movie Database
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