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Rocky (1976)

PG   |    |  Drama, Sport


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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.

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16 February 2005 | yxcool
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If there is a chance for you which can turn you from nobody to somebody, how would you treat it? Would you let it go pass because it is almost impossible to achieve or you want to use all you have to give it a great shot? This is what the movie about, how a struggling underdog became hero, legend or more. This is the one of my favorite movies. Because it has a simplest storyline but it successfully gave expression to it's theme-if you want to be on the top, you have to pay the price which means hardworking and determination A good movie must require an understandable storyline which clearly tells its theme. That is why I think rocky is a great movie. The movie is about the sudden life change of a struggling underdog boxer-Rocky, the world champion set up a fight between himself and Rocky, but he decided to give it the greatest shot just to prove that he is not a bum for a entertainment show. So basically, whole movie is about how Rocky trying so hard to achieve his goal: go the distance with the champion.

The acting of the film is another shinning point; it has many great actors in it. Especially the main actor Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) he made a great impression in my mind by his excellent pyrotechnic acting skill. In the famous fighting scene, Stallone performed an emotion of a boxer who is suffering from pain, frustration and exhaustion, but he is not giving up. The scene became so real because Stallone's incredible performance. Also, other actors like Burt Young (Pauline), Tailia Shire (Adrian) Burgess (Mickey) acted perfectly in the movie.

If there is anything else can highlight the movie that is the fantastic music used in the movie. Because the music played in the movie perfectly contributed to the atmosphere of each individual scene. E.g. when Rocky started his morning run, pumping up style music plays simultaneously while he is running, that generated a memorable scene. Also again in the fighting scene, a part of passionate and stirring background music played when rocky is trying so hard to stand on his feet, it has successfully reinforced the mood of the scene.

This movie is simple but well made. Fantastic music, excellent action sequences and incredible acting crew lined with a nice storyline to express its theme: a man can be anyone he wants to be but is requires great determination and stamina to achieve that. The movie is appealed to audiences who are 15 or above, and strongly recommended to every boxing fan! PG Rating: 8/10

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Club fight attendee: Come on, Spider!


Goofs

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!"


Crazy Credits

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.


Alternate Versions

Talia Shire's character Adrian becomes Adriana in the Italian version.


Soundtracks

Gonna Fly Now
Music by
Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
Performed by Deetta West and Nelson Pigford

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Genres

Drama | Sport

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