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119 min
Drama | Sport
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John G. Avildsen
Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 20 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1976-12-03
Filming Locations: 2822-2824 Rosehill St, Philadelphia, Pensylvannia, USA
Budget: $960,000
Gross: $117,235,247 (USA)$225,000,000 (Worldwide)
Sylvester Stallone
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Burgess Meredith
Thayer David
Joe Spinell
Jimmy Gambina
Bill Baldwin
Fight Announcer
Al Silvani
Cut Man
George Memmoli
Ice Rink Attendant
Jodi Letizia
Diana Lewis
TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon
TV Commentator
Larry Carroll
TV Interviewer
Stan Shaw
Don Sherman
Billy Sands
Club Fight Announcer
Pedro Lovell
Club Fighter
DeForest Covan
Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow
Club Corner Man
Tony Burton
Apollo's Trainer
Hank Rolike
Apollo Corner Man
Shirley O'Hara
Kathleen Parker
Paulie's Date
Frank Stallone
Lloyd Kaufman
Jane Marla Robbins
Owner of Pet Shop
Jack Hollander
Joe Sorbello
Christopher Avildsen
Frankie Van
Club Fight Referee
Lou Fillipo
Championship Fight Announcer
Paris Eagle
Robert L. Tangrea
Streetcorner Singer
Peter Glassberg
Streetcorner Singer
William E. Ring
Streetcorner Singer
Joseph C. Giambelluc
Streetcorner Singer
Joe Frazier
Butkus Stallone
Rocky's Dog
Bobby Cassidy
Ringside Police Officer (uncredited)
Michael Dorn
Apollo Creed's Bodyguard
Arnold Johnson
Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Leh
Reporter (uncredited)
Jeri McBride
Tony Gazzo's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Stu Nahan
Fight Commentator (uncredited)
Frank Pesce
Spectator (uncredited)
John Pleshette
Aftershave Commercial Director (uncredited)
Lavelle Roby
Mary Anne Creed
Arthur Tovey
Reporter (uncredited)
Chino 'Fats' Williams
Man in unemployment line (uncredited)
Did you know?
When Mickey's trying to convince Rocky to let him be his manager, he talks about the night he knocked Guinea Russo out of the ring. He says it happened on September 14, 1923, and that it was the same night that Luis Firpo knocked Jack Dempsey out of the ring in the main event, thus stealing Mickey's thunder. This is a reference to a real life incident. On September 14, 1923, 82,000 people packed into New York's Polo Grounds to watch world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey face Argentinean no-hoper Luis Angel Firpo. Dempsey immediately began to pummel Firpo, knocking him down seven times within the first two minutes. Somehow however, in the middle of the first round, Firpo managed to land a right uppercut with such force that it literally knocked Dempsey out of the ring. Dempsey was completely disorientated upon returning to the ring, but he managed to survive the rest of the round and regain his composure. The second round lasted less than a minute, during which time he knocked Firpo down twice; Firpo was unable to get up from the second fall.
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John Boorman turned down the opportunity to direct.
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For the championship fight, the filmmakers had trouble getting extras to fill the arena because it was a low-budget film that was not yet known to anyone. Stock footage of crowds was used to help this problem, but empty seats are still visible in some shots.
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When Rocky is talking to Adrian on Thanksgiving through the door, the camera shot goes to Paulie who is about ten feet away. You can see one of the movie cameras in the mirror.
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When Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is knocked down during the fight, and on the verge of defeat, you can audibly hear Rocky's manager and trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith's voice on an ADR dub) yelling to Rocky, "Stay down!" as he does not want to see Rocky take a further beating. However, you can see Rocky's corner man, Mike (Jimmy Gambina), mouthing "Get up!"
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When Rocky sees Marie and asks her if her brother knew she was hanging out with those "coconuts", he's smoking a cigarette. When he grabs her, the cigarette disappears.
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Rocky: I been comin' here for six years, and for six years ya been stickin' it to me, an' I wanna know how come!
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Paulie: You do that to Apollo Creed, they'll put us in jail for murder.
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Adrian: Is this you?
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What are the names of Rocky's pets?
The turtles are called Cuff and Link; the fish is called Moby Dick; the dog (a Bulldog Mastif) is called Butkus. Cuff and Link reappear in Rocky Balboa (played by the same two turtles who play them in Rocky). Butkus (played by Butkus Stallone) also appears in Rocky II.
Is 'Rocky' based on a book?
No. Rocky is based on a screenplay written by title character actor Sylvester Stallone. Stallone drew inspiration from real-life boxers Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Chuck Wepner, and Joe Frazier. Rocky fostered five sequels -- Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), and Rocky V (1990). Rocky comes out of retirement in Rocky Balboa (2006). Rocky won the 1976 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.
How much does Rocky get paid for his fight against Spider Rico?
He gets winner's share: $65, less $15 for use locker and cornerman, $5 for use of shower and towel, and 7% tax. In the end, he gets a total of $40.55. Spider Rico gets loser's share: $40, less $15 for use of locker and cornerman, $5 for use of shower and towel, and 7% tax; a total of $17.20
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Photos from cast
Carl Weathers