The Real Rocky (2011)

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The story of Chuck Wepner, an underdog boxer who went the distance against Muhammad Ali and inspired the creation of Rocky.


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19 August 2012 | MartinHafer
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| Yet another entertaining installment of "30 for 30".
This installment of "30 for 30" concerns the boxer Chuck Wepner--who, according to many, was the inspiration for the character "Rocky". About the only one in the show who felt this was NOT the case was Sylvester Stallone--who eventually was sued by Wepner for part of the film royalties. This is odd, as there is quite a bit of evidence Wepner WAS Stallone's inspiration--especially since they show footage of Stallone himself back in the 1970s saying how he was inspired by the famous fight between Wepner and Muhammad Ali. However, this is NOT the sole focus of the documentary. Instead, it told the story of Wepner's career before and after this very famous 15-round fight. It's all rather interesting--especially since Wepner himself spends most of the film narrating his underdog story. Not among the very best of the series but still quite good--and very interesting.

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