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03/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Overrated, but still entertaining.

I'll admit, it took me this long to actually see this film start to finish in one sitting. Everything is great about this film, the casting, the acting, the script, the cinematography, the direction, everything. But, it should not have won best picture. I repeat, not won best picture at the Academy Awards.

Throwing out Bound for Glory, I've never seen it, and quite frankly never heard of it, this year had 4 huge movies vying for Best Picture and the Academy chose wrong. All the President's Men was great, but I'm not sure if it was better than Rocky, but clearly Network and Taxi Driver were better films and in today's world of reality TV, you could argue that Network was quite prescient. This could be my next blog post...anyway Rocky is good, I'm sure I was probably the last person...

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3/4 

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01/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Rocky" by Yojimbo

A simple-minded but good natured nickel and dime prize fighter is given a shot at the title by the overconfident champion as a publicity stunt. The original Rocky is another example of a film that has become overshadowed by its legacy, and the franchise has become a glowing example of everything that's wrong with the studio system. The increasingly laughable and simplistic sequels ignored everything that was good about the original, which was really a story of the underdog who is given a chance at self respect and escape from his hope-free existence. Balboa was obviously influenced by Terry Malloy from On The Waterfront and Stallone's acting talents are clearly well suited to this shambling, self conscious and inarticulate character; the dialogue is repetitive and ineloquent, but that act...

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Daniel Corleone
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08/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rocky review

A loan shark enforcer by day, boxer by night, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is given a shot to fight for the heavy weight title. Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is going to be his opponent and endorses a fight with an underdog with a catchy nickname “The Italian Stallion.” Paulie (Burt Young) is Rocky’s friend who helped in the training. Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Merideth) also assists Rocky in achieving his goal. Adrian (Talia Shire), the sister of Paulie, becomes involved with Rocky. Some nice lines from the picture: Rocky - “I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, ya see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood.” “I just want to say hi to my girlfriend, OK? Yo, Adrian! It's me, Rocky.” Paulie – “Go out and live, enjoy life...I want ya outta here. Get outta th...

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4/4 

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08/03/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Your gonna eat lightning and gonna crap thunder

When you think of "Rocky", you probably think of that soaring music, the film's many sequels, and possibly Sylvester Stallone drinking raw eggs. While all of those things are certainly a part of the "Rocky" experience, the film has so much more to offer. Stallone wrote the screenplay about Rocky Balboa, a southpaw club fighter who makes his money as an enforcer for a Philadelphia loan shark despite his intrinsically sweet nature. Indeed, it is Rocky's sweet nature that leads him to see the beauty in Adrian, the shy girl that he visits at the pet shop every day. As Rocky helps Adrian to come out of her shell, he finds himself randomly chosen to go toe-to-toe with the heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed. Rocky" isn't just about boxing but about people daring to dream of something better for the...

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3.5/4 

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02/23/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rocky: The Original Underdog

Rocky is the movie that made Sylvester Stallone the man. It was also the cause of many, many people running up the steps like maniacs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rocky is without a doubt the best Drama/sports/inspirational film of all time.

The film is about a down on his luck club fighter living in the slums of Philadelphia. He is a collector by day, and if he doesn't get the money, "I break ya thumb." When he isn't collecting, he is usually at Mickey's Gym. He has been at Mickey's Gym for 10 years but never got anywhere because he doesn't take care of himself (smokes, drinks). He also has a crush on a girl that works at a pet shop named Adrian. Rocky goes there every day and tells Adrian a joke, but she never shows him any interest. It seems like Rocky is just drifting through...

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4/4 

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01/08/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Inspirational and still Champion!

Let's be honest - how often can you say that a movie has been truly inspirational? That a movie has gotten so into your psyche that it's led you down a certain path and given you something to aspire to, not just in sporting achievement but in every aspect of your life? Not very often? Thought so.
'Rocky' achieves this on so many levels. Let's get this out of the way - 'Rocky' isn't a sports movie. It's a drama where the main character happens to box. It's a love story, where the sporting content is the catalyst for the emotions in the two main leads. Sports or action orientated it is not (until Rocky III anyway!).

The basic plot, for those who haven't seen it, goes like this. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a club level boxer who has bypassed the opportunity to better his ...

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4/4 

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01/30/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Review - Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) was a down-on-his-luck small time boxer when he was found by the champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Now he has a chance to go the distance in “Rocky.”

It seems that every once in a while I finally find a movie I love in a genre I hate. I am not a fan of sports movies, but this is one that I can say I really enjoyed. Stallone’s story is really inspiring and his acting is great. I don’t know what exactly it is about this movie, but I feel like I could watch it over and over and never get tired of it.

There’s honestly nothing I can complain about with this movie. Everything about it is perfectly done just as it should be done. I have a feeling Stallone had more to do with it than just writing and directing because it has the quality of a movie he dire...

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4/4 

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