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.
John G. Avildsen can be seen as the cameraman, and Cinematographer James Crabe plays the lighting man for Rocky's television interview in the meat-house.
Club fight attendee:
Come on, Spider!
When Rocky is boxing in the meat-packing plant, he is in an orthodox stance, not southpaw.
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)