A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
"Rocky" is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted working class Italian-American boxer working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. Rocky starts out as a small-time club fighter, and later gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film also stars Talia Shire as Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian's brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer Mickey Goldmill, and Carl Weathers as the champion, Apollo Creed.
"Rocky" was the third motion picture for Inventor/operator Garrett Brown's new Steadicam and was used to accomplish smooth photography while running alongside 'Rocky' during the film's Philadelphia street jogging/training sequences and the run up the Art Museum's flight of stairs, now colloquially known as the 'Rocky Steps'. It was also used for most of the shots in the fight scenes which were shot in Los Angeles.
In 2006, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". "Rocky" is considered to be one of the greatest sports films ever made and was ranked as the second-best in the genre, after "Raging Bull", by the American Film Institute in 2008.
Genre': Drama, Sport
Release date: December 3, 1976 (US)
Director: John G. Avildsen
Screenplay by: Sylvester Stallone
Music: Bill Conti
Cinematography: James Crabe
Edited by: Richard Halsey, Scott Conrad
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David, Joe Spinell, Jimmy Gambina
Distributed by: United Artists
* © 1976 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.