PG | | Drama, Sport
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.
The song Rocky plays on his record player after returning home to his apartment after the Spider Rico fight is 'Summer Madness' by Kool & The Gang. It is commonly mistaken for 'Reflections' by Bill Conti which features on the soundtrack album but does not feature in the film itself. 'Reflections' is clearly influenced by 'Summer Madness' and even samples some of the distinct tune - it is unclear however what the origin of this composition was. It's possible that because 'Summer Madness' was not featured on the soundtrack album (possibly to avoid paying royalties) that Conti composed it to 'represent' the scene in question, or it may also have been a potential substitute track in the event that the rights to use 'Summer Madness' in the film were not cleared. 'Reflections' would however feature as a new version in Rocky II (1979) during Rocky's time working at the meat factory (though it would ironically be omitted from the soundtrack album leaving this version unreleased), but would feature in it's original form on the soundtrack to Rocky III (1982) even though (again) the piece was not used in the actual film. This means the original version of 'Reflections' was never used on screen, and the version actually featured in the series was never released.
Club fight attendee:
Come on, Spider!
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!"
The film opens with the title of the film scrolling from right to left underscored by music. However, instead of just doing the opening credits for the cast, Rocky is shown boxing. The rest of the credits appear later as Rocky is shown walking down a street, and this time there is nothing underscoring the credits.
Talia Shire's character Adrian becomes Adriana in the Italian version.
$5,000,000 (USA) (5 December 1976)
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