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Best Picture – Rocky (1976)

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith & Talia Shire

Rating 6/10

This is one film I watched for the love of Oscar Club only. I’m sorry to say but I’m not big on boxing films, or Stallone for that matter. But, I confess, I did like it, didn’t love it but appreciated the 70s vibe, the love story and the character of Rocky Balboa.

Balboa (Stallone) is a boxer at the end of his career. He’s a cool dude, a nice guy with muscles. When he’s not boxing he’s working for a loan shark, intimidating customers. When heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) loses his opponent to injury, he suggests finding a local talent to put on a show for the crowd. If the challenger wins, he takes home the title as World Champion. As if!  Creed chooses the Italian Stallion, Balboa.

Meanwhile, Rocky is getting all romantic with his friend’s sister Adrian (Shire) who is a shy little thing. They go out on a very funny and awkward date, then Balboa makes his move and they’re in love! Awwww. His focus then shifts to training: running, boxing and running, jogging, sprinting, punching large bags and carcasses, then more running, this time with a mean looking dog.

Then it’s fight time. In one corner, there’s the humble Italian Stallion and in the other, the stars and stripes clad and cocky Creed. Who will be left standing?

This is a great 70s flick. The music, the bouffant hair, the dramatic scenes with zooms. The first half plods by while the second is over before you can blink. Rocky and Adrian have a sweet romance – one might say it is true love. That will get the ladies watching and the punching, bloody scenes will keep the men keen.

I love a good rags to riches story. This is a film that ticks almost all of the Oscar boxes for me, but not quite. Perhaps because I’m not a huge fan of boxing. But it is a watchable film, so if you’re in the mood, check it out!

Rocky Trivia: 

  • A mere $1 million
  • Stallone insisted he star in this film after selling the rights to producers, Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff.
  • It was shot in 28 days
  • Stallone wrote the script in 3 days … but then it was rewritten 9 times.
  • The character of Rocky Balboa is actually named Robert Balboa!
  • Elvis wanted Stallone to bring him a copy of Rocky but Stallone was too scared of him so just sent the film.
  • Stallone’s dad rings the bell at the beginning of the fight and his brother is seen as one of the street people singing.
  • When Gazzo (Joe Spinell) uses the inhaler it was not in the script, Spinell was actually having an asthma attack.
  • The biggest expense was makeup
Well that’s Rocky and next is a film I’ve been dying to see, Annie Hall starring Woody Allen & Diane Keaton.

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