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.
In his portrayal of the character of Paulie, Burt Young decided to make him mildly arthritic, so prior to each take, he would put turpentine on his hands.
Club fight attendee:
Come on, Spider!
When Apollo gets in the ring he does not have gloves on, this continues until we see the top shot as the microphone is being lowered to the ring announcer, where we see Apollo now has his gloves on.
Butkus the dog is credited as "Butkus Stallone".
A different ending was originally filmed for this movie. In the original ending, Rocky walked out of the ring and met Adrian in the tunnel to the stadium. They walked down the tunnel, hand in hand, and the last shot was from behind of Rocky and Adrian walking down the tunnel. Test audiences said the end was too depressing and it was reshot with Adrian's now classic run to the ring while Rocky screams her name.
$5,000,000 (USA) (5 December 1976)