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Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sony VAIO PCG-3B1M Battery

Rocky starts out as a club fighter who later gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. It also stars Talia Shire as Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian's brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer Mickey Goldmill, and Carl Weathers as the champion, Apollo Creed.

The film, made on a budget of less than $1 million and shot in 28 days, was a sleeper hitSony VAIO PCG-3C1T Battery

it made over $225 million[1] the highest grossing film of 1976, and won three Oscars, including Best Picture. The film received many positive reviews and turned Stallone into a major star.[4] It spawned five sequels: Rocky II, III, IV, V and Rocky Balboa.Sony VAIO PCG-3D1M Battery

On November 25, 1975, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is introduced as a small-time boxer and collector for Anthony Gazzo (Joe Spinell), a loan shark, living in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The World Heavyweight Championship bout is scheduled for New Year's Day 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial. Sony VAIO PCG-3G2M Battery

When the opponent of undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is injured, Creed comes up with the idea of giving a local underdog a shot at the title and, because he likes Rocky's nickname, "The Italian Stallion", he selects the relatively unknown fighter. He puts it in lights by proclaiming "Apollo Creed meets 'The Italian Stallion'". Sony VAIO PCG-5R1M Battery

The fight promoter says the decision is "very American", but Creed adds it is also "very smart".

To prepare for the fight Rocky trains with a 1920s-era ex-bantamweight fighter and gym owner, Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith). Mickey always considered Rocky's potential to be better than his effort, and the two conflict over Mickey's motives for training Rocky for the big fight. Sony VAIO PCG-7141M Battery

Rocky's good friend Paulie (Burt Young), a meat-packing-plant worker, lets him practice his punches on the carcasses hanging in the freezers. During training Rocky dates Paulie's shy, quiet sister, Adrian (Talia Shire), who works as a clerk in a local pet store.Sony VAIO PCG-7143M Battery

The night before the fight Rocky confides to Adrian that he does not expect to beat Creed, and that all he wants is to go the distance with Creed (which no fighter had ever done), meaning that lasting 15 rounds (the typical scheduled length of championship fights at the time) against him would mean he "... wasn't just another bum from the neighborhood".Sony VAIO PCG-7151M Battery

On New Year's Day the climactic boxing match begins. Apollo Creed does not initially take the fight seriously, and Rocky unexpectedly knocks him down in the first round, embarrassing Creed, and the match turns intense. The fight indeed lasts 15 rounds, with both fighters suffering many injuries; Sony VAIO PCG-7154M Battery

Rocky suffers his first broken nose, and Creed sustains brutal blows to his ribs. As the match progresses, Creed's superior skill is countered by Rocky's apparently unlimited ability to absorb punishment, and his dogged refusal to be knocked out. As the final round bell sounds, with both fighters locked in each other's arms, Sony VAIO PCG-7162M Battery

an exhausted Creed vows "Ain't gonna be no re-match," to which an equally spent Rocky replies "Don't want one." After the fight Rocky calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring. As the ring announcer declares the fight for Apollo Creed by virtue of a split decision (8:7, 7:8, 9:6), Sony VAIO PCG-7181M Battery

Adrian and Rocky embrace while they profess their love to one another, not caring about the result of the fight.

Boxer Joe Frazier has a cameo appearance in the film. The character of Apollo Creed was influenced by outspoken boxer Muhammad Ali who fought Frazier three times. Sony VAIO PCG-41112M Battery

During the Academy Awards ceremony, Ali and Stallone staged a brief comic confrontation to show Ali was not offended by the film. Some of the plot's most memorable moments—Rocky's carcass-punching scenes and Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as part of his training regime—are taken from the real-life exploits of Joe Frazier, for which he received no credit.[6] Sony VAIO PCG-7153M Battery

Due to the film's low budget, members of Stallone's family played minor roles. His father rings the bell to signal the start and end of a round, his brother Frank plays a street corner singer, and his first wife, Sasha, was stills photographer.[7] Sony VAIO PCG-71312M Battery

Other cameos include Los Angeles television sportscasterStu Nahan playing himself, alongside radio and TV broadcaster Bill Baldwin and Lloyd Kaufman, founder of the independent film company Troma, appearing as a drunk. Longtime Detroit Channel 7 Action News anchor Diana Lewis has a small scene as a TV news reporter. Sony VAIO PCG-7144M Battery

 Tony Burton appeared as Apollo Creed's trainer, Tony "Duke" Evers, a role he would reprise in the entire Rocky series, though he is not given an official name until Rocky II. Though uncredited, Michael Dorn made his acting debut as Creed's bodyguard.

United Artists liked Stallone's script, and viewed it as a possible vehicle for a well-established star such as Robert Redford, Sony VAIO PCG-7191L Battery

 Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, orJames Caan. Stallone appealed to the producers to be given a chance to star in the film. He later said that he would never have forgiven himself if the film became a success with someone else in the lead. He also knew that producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff's contract with the studio enabled them to "greenlight" a project if the budget was kept low enough. Sony VAIO PCG-3C1M Battery

Certain elements of the story were altered during filming. The original script had a darker tone: Mickey was portrayed as racist and the script ended with Rocky throwing the fight after realizing he did not want to be part of the professional boxing world after all.[9] Sony VAIO PCG-3F1M Battery

Although Chartoff and Winkler were enthusiastic about the script and the idea of Stallone playing the lead character, they were hesitant about having an unknown headline the film. The producers also had trouble casting other major characters in the story, with Adrian and Apollo Creed cast unusually late by production standards (both were ultimately cast on the same day). Sony VAIO PCG-3H1M Battery

Real-life boxer Ken Norton was initially sought for the role of Apollo Creed, but he pulled out and the role was ultimately given to Carl Weathers. Norton had had three fights with Muhammad Ali, upon whom Creed was loosely based. According to The Rocky ScrapbookSony VAIO PCG-3J1M Battery

Carrie Snodgress was originally chosen to play Adrian, but a money dispute forced the producers to look elsewhere. Susan Sarandon auditioned for the role but was deemed too pretty for the character. After Talia Shire's ensuing audition, Chartoff and Winkler, along with Avildsen, insisted that she play the part. Sony VAIO PCG-8141M Battery

Inventor/operator Garrett Brown's new Steadicam was used to accomplish smooth photography while running alongside Rocky during the film's Philadelphia street jogging/training sequences and the run up the Art Museum's flight of stairs. Sony VAIO PCG-8161M Battery

It was also used for some of the shots in the fight scenes and can be openly seen at the ringside during some wide shots of the final fight. (Rocky is often erroneously cited as the first film to use the Steadicam, although it was actually the third, after Bound for Glory and Marathon Man.[10]Sony VAIO PCG-3C2M Battery

While filming Rocky, both Stallone and Weathers suffered injuries during the shooting of the final fight; Stallone suffered bruised ribs and Weathers suffered a damaged nose, the opposite injuries of what their characters had.Sony VAIO PCG-5N2M Battery

The poster seen above the ring before Rocky fights Apollo Creed shows Rocky wearing red shorts with a white stripe when he actually wears white shorts with a red stripe. When Rocky points this out he is told that "it doesn't really matter does it?". According to director Avildsen's DVD commentary, Sony VAIO PCG-5P1M Battery

this was an actual mistake made by the props department that they could not afford to rectify, so Stallone wrote the brief scene to ensure the audience didn't see it as a goof. Avildsen said that the same situation arose with Rocky's robe. When it came back from the costume department, it was far too baggy for Stallone. Sony VAIO PCG-5S1M Battery

And because the robe arrived on the day of filming the scene and there was no chance of replacing or altering it, instead of ignoring this and risk the audience laughing at it, Stallone wrote the dialogue where Rocky himself points out the robe is too big.

The first date between Rocky and Adrian, in which Rocky bribes a janitor to allow them to skate after closing hours in a deserted ice skating rink, Sony VAIO PCG-9Z1M Battery

was shot that way only because of budgetary pressures. This scene was originally scheduled to be shot in a skating rink during regular business hours. However, the producers ultimately decided that they couldn't afford to hire the hundreds of extras that would have been necessary for that scene. Sony VAIO PCG-7171M Battery

Rocky has the 7th highest return of investment of any film ever made.[11] With a production budget of less than 1 million dollars,[2][3] it eventually earned worldwide box-office receipts exceeding $225 million.[1]

Stallone was inspired to create the film by Rocky Marciano and the famous fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner at Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Sony VAIO PCG-7186M Battery

Ohioon March 24, 1975. Wepner had been TKO'd in the 15th round by Ali, but nobody ever expected him to last as long as he did. Wepner recalls in a January 2000 interview, "Sly (Stallone) called me about two weeks after the Ali fight and told me he was gonna make the movie." Sony VAIO PCG-81112M Battery

The famous scene of Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become a cultural icon. In 1982, a statue of Rocky, commissioned by Stallone for Rocky III, was placed at the top of the Rocky Steps. City Commerce Director Dick Doran claimed that Stallone and Rocky had done more for the city's image than "anyone sinceBen Franklin." Sony VAIO PCG-31311M Battery

Differing opinions of the statue and its placement led to a relocation to the sidewalk outside the Philadelphia Spectrum Arena, although the statue was temporarily returned to the top of the steps in 1990 for Rocky V, and again in 2006 for the 30th anniversary of the original Rocky (although this time it was placed at the bottom of the steps). Sony VAIO PCG-8152M Battery

Later that year, it was permanently moved to a spot next to the steps.[12]

The scene is frequently parodied in the media. In The Simpsons episode "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can", Lisa Simpson runs up a flight of stairs wearing a tracksuit similar to the one worn by Rocky. Sony VAIO PCG-31111M Battery

 In You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Zohan's nemesis, Phantom, goes through a parodied training sequence finishing with him running up a desert dune and raising his hands in victory. In the fourth season's finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as the credits roll at the end of the episode, Will is seen running up the same steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Sony VAIO PCG-61111M Battery

however, as he celebrates after finishing his climb, he passes out in exhaustion, and while he lies unconscious on the ground, a pickpocket steals his wallet and his wool hat. Also in The Nutty Professor, there is a scene where Eddie Murphy is running up the stairs and throwing punches at the top. Sony VAIO PCG-51112M Battery

In 2006, E! named the "Rocky Steps" scene #13 in its 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment.[14]

During the 1996 Summer Olympics torch relay, Philadelphia native Dawn Staley was chosen to run up the museum steps. Sony VAIO PCG-51211M Battery

In 2004, Presidential candidate John Kerry ended his pre-convention campaign at the foot of the steps before going to Boston to accept his party's nomination for President.

Rocky received mixed reviews at the time of its release. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, however, Sony VAIO PCG-51212M Battery

gave Rocky4 out of 4 stars and said that Stallone reminded him of "the young Marlon Brando.[16] " Box Office Magazineclaimed that audiences would be "touting Sylvester 'Sly' Stallone as a new star".[17][18] The film, however, did not escape criticism. Vincent Canby, of the New York TimesSony VAIO PCG-41111M Battery

called it "pure '30s make believe" and dismissed both Stallone's acting and Avildsen's directing, calling the latter "none too decisive".[19] Frank Rich liked the film, calling it "almost 100 per cent schmaltz," but favoring it over the cynicism that was prevalent in movies at that time, although he referred to the plot as "gimmicky" and the script "heavy-handed". Sony VAIO PCG-41111V Battery

He attributed all of the film's weaknesses to Avildsen, describing him as responsible for some of the "most tawdry movies of recent years", and who "has an instinct for making serious emotions look tawdry" and said of Rocky, "He'll go for a cheap touch whenever he can" and "tries to falsify material that was suspect from the beginning. ... Sony VAIO PCG-61412V Battery

Even by the standards of fairy tales, it strains logic." Rich also criticised the film's "stupid song with couplets like 'feeling strong now/won't be long now.'"[20]

Several reviews, including Richard Eder's (as well as Canby's negative review), compared the work to that of Frank Capra. Sony VAIO PCG-71112M Battery

Andrew Sarris found the Capra comparisons disingenuous: "Capra's movies projected more despair deep down than a movie like Rocky could envisage, and most previous ring movies have been much more cynical about the fight scene," and, commenting on Rocky's work as a loan shark, says that the film "teeters on the edge of sentimentalizing gangsters. Sony VAIO PCG-81111V Battery

" Sarris also found Meredith "oddly cast in the kind of part the late James Gleason used to pick his teeth." Sarris also took issue with Avildsen's direction, which he described as having been done with "an insidious smirk" with "condescension toward everything and everybody," specifically finding fault, for example, Sony VAIO PCG-81111V Battery

with Avildsen's multiple shots of a chintzy lamp in Rocky's apartment. Sarris also found Stallone's acting style "a bit mystifying" and his character "all rough" as opposed to "a diamond in the rough" like Terry Malloy.[21]

More than 30 years later, the film enjoys a reputation as a classic and still receives positive reviews; Sony VAIO PCG-81212M Battery

Rocky holds a 91% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[22] Another positive online review came from the BBC Films website, with both reviewer Almar Haflidason and BBC online users giving it 5/5 stars.[23]In Steven J. Schneider's 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Schneider says the film is "often overlooked as schmaltz."[24] Sony VAIO PCG-81212V Battery

In 2006, Rocky was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[25][26]

In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Sony VAIO PCG-51111M Battery

 Rocky was acknowledged as the second-best film in the sports genre, after Raging Bull.[27][28]

In 2008, Rocky was chosen by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Rocky's soundtrack was composed by Bill Conti. Sony VAIO VPCS13X9E/B battery

The main theme song, "Gonna Fly Now", made it to number one on theBillboard magazine's Hot 100 list for one week (from July 2 to July 8, 1977) and the American Film Institute placed it 58th on its AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.[37][38] The complete soundtrack was re-released in 1988 by EMI on CD andcassette.[39] Conti was also the composer for RockysIIIIIV, and Rocky Balboa.[40] Sony VAIO VPCS12V9E/B battery

The version of "Gonna Fly Now" used in the film is different from the versions released on later CDs and records. The vocals and guitars are much more emphasized than the versions released. The "movie version" has yet to be released.

Although the Conti version of "Gonna Fly Now" is the most recognizable arrangement, Sony VAIO VPCS12V9E/B battery

a cover of the song performed by legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on hisConquistador album prior to the release of the motion picture soundtrack actually outsold the soundtrack itself.

Rocky II is a 1979 American film that is the sequel to Rocky, a motion picture in which an unknown boxer had been given a chance to go the distance with the World Heavyweight Champion. Sony VAIO VPCF13M8E/B battery

 Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young and Talia Shire reprised their original roles. Although this film was released in 1979, the ring announcers say that it takes place ten months after Rocky's first fight with Apollo Creed, putting the Rocky II fight with Apollo in November 1976. Sony VAIO VPCF13Z0E/B battery

The Ring Magazine heavyweight championship belt makes its first appearance in the series.

The film opens with the ending of its predecessor, Rocky, with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) successfully defending his world heavyweight title courtesy of a split decision. Both fighters are taken to the same hospital due to the extent of their injuries from the match, Sony VAIO VPCM13M1E/L battery

where Apollo challenges Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to a rematch in front of press. Rocky declines and declares his retirement, his decision supported by his girlfriend, Adrian (Talia Shire), and doctors, who reveal he will require surgery for a detached retina which could lead to permanent blindness. Sony VAIO VPCM13M1E/W battery

After Rocky is discharged from the hospital, he begins to enjoy the benefits of his life's changes resulting from the match: Rocky's new fame attracts him an agent who sees Rocky as a potential endorsement and sponsorship goldmine and his sudden wealth encourages him to propose to Adrian. Sony VAIO VPCF22M1E battery

She happily accepts and they marry in a small ceremony. Soon after, Rocky and Adrian happily learn that Adrian is pregnant with their first child.

Meanwhile, fueled by hate mail he has started to receive, Apollo becomes obsessed with the idea that a rematch is the only way to prove that Rocky's performance was simply a fluke. Sony VAIO VPCF11M1E/H battery

Determined to rectify his boxing career's only blemish, Apollo ignores all pleas by his friends and family to move on to other potential opponents and demands his team do whatever necessary to goad Rocky out of retirement and into a rematch.

Rocky at first seems unaffected by Apollo's smear campaign, but his inexperience with money causes him to run into financial problems. Sony VAIO VPCF13M0E/B battery

After largely unsuccessful attempts to find employment, Rocky visits Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), his trainer, at his gym to talk about the possibility of returning to the ring. At first, Mickey refuses, worried about Rocky's health, but changes his mind after Apollo publicly insults Rocky on television. Sony VAIO VPCYB2M1E battery

News of the rematch quickly spreads with Adrian hearing about it through the news. She confronts Rocky about it and reminds him of the risk to his eyesight. Rocky argues he knows nothing else so this is the only way he can provide. Adrian, angry at Rocky for breaking his promise, refuses to support him. Sony VAIO VPCYB3V1E battery

Rocky and Mickey begin training, but it soon becomes apparent Rocky is lacking motivation. Adrian's brother, Paulie (Burt Young), confronts his sister about not supporting her husband, but she faints during the confrontation and is rushed to the hospital where she goes into labor. Despite being premature, the baby is healthy but Adrian falls into a coma. Sony VAIO VPCY11M1E battery

Rocky blames himself for what has happened and refuses to leave Adrian's bedside until she wakes up, and will not go to see his new baby until they can see it together. When Adrian comes out of her coma, she finds Rocky by her bedside and the couple are shown their new baby, a boy, which they name after Rocky. Sony VAIO VPCS12L9E/B battery

Adrian gives her blessing to the rematch which enables Rocky to refocus on his training and he quickly gets into shape for the fight.

The night of the fight arrives and Apollo has made a public goal of beating Rocky in no more than two rounds to prove the first fight going the full 15 rounds was a fluke. Sony VAIO VPCF11S1E/B battery

Rocky is not able to mount much of an offensive effort through the first two rounds but manages to survive them disproving Apollo's theory that the first fight's result was a fluke. As before, the fight once again reaches the 15th round, by which point Apollo has built a lead on points that Rocky cannot possibly beat. Sony VAIO VPCYB3V1E/R Battery

However, Apollo's obsession with knocking Rocky out (against the advice of his corner men) leads him to trade blows with Rocky despite his lead. Rocky lands a devastating blow on Apollo that knocks the champ down, but an exhausted Rocky loses his balance and falls to the canvas as well. Sony VAIO VPCF23P1E Battery

Rocky manages to stand up before the referee counts to ten, while Apollo is counted out. Rocky thus wins the fight by knockout and becomes the heavyweight champion of the world. In his post-fight announcement Rocky, who has won back the respect of his fans and his wife Adrian, humbly thanks Apollo. Sony VAIO VPCF23N1E Battery

Rocky III is a 1982 American film that is the third installment in the Rocky film series. It is written and directed by and stars Sylvester Stallone as the title character, with Carl Weathers as former boxing rival Apollo Creed, Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer Mickey, and Talia Shire as Rocky's wife, Adrian. Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/L Battery

Rocky's opponent is James "Clubber" Lang, played by Mr. T. Lang is a younger and more aggressive boxer than Rocky. He is brash, arrogant, outspoken, and immensely strong. The film also features professional wrestler Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea as the supporting character "Thunderlips".Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/G battery

The film's theme song "Eye of the Tiger", was written by the group Survivor at the request of Stallone, and became a smash hit single, topping the US Billboard music charts and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

In the three and a half years since winning the world heavyweight title, Sony VAIO VPCF24M1E battery

Rocky has had a string of successful title defenses (10) and has seen his fame, wealth and celebrity increase. Now 1981, while unveiling a statue of himself at thesteps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rocky is publicly challenged by James "Clubber" Lang (Mr. T), a ferocious new boxer rapidly climbing the ranks. HP 448007-001 battery

Lang accuses Rocky of intentionally accepting challenges from lesser opponents and after sexually insulting Rocky's wife Adrian (Talia Shire), his challenge is accepted.

Rocky's trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) initially wants no part of it and admits to the champion that Lang was right, HP Pavilion DV7 battery

he had handpicked Rocky's opponents to protect him and to ensure Rocky remained successful and healthy. He also informs Rocky that Lang is young and hungry and that Rocky has no chance of beating him, as he has not retained his edge as a fighter. Rocky manages to convince Mickey to train him regardless, HP DV6-1120SA battery

but his Las Vegas-style training camp is filled with distractions and Rocky clearly does not take the challenge seriously.

Lang and Rocky meet at Philadelphia's Spectrum. During a melee before the fight, Mickey is shoved out of the way by Lang and suffers a heart attack. HP DV6-1210SA battery

A now distraught Rocky wants to call the fight off, but Mickey angrily urges him on while he stays in the dressing room. By the time of the fight, Rocky is both enraged and severely distracted by his mentor's condition. The fight begins with Rocky pounding Lang with several huge blows, going for an early knockout, Compaq CQ50 battery

but the stronger and better prepared Lang is unfazed and quickly takes charge, dominating Rocky and knocking him out with ahaymaker in the second round. Beaten, Rocky makes his way back to the dressing room and to the dying Mickey. Kneeling at his side, Rocky speaks to his friend, telling him that the fight ended in the second round by a knockout, which Mickey misinterprets as a win for Rocky, shortly before dying. HP Pavilion DV8 battery

Stopping by Mickey's closed gym, Rocky is confronted by his former nemesis Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) who offers to help train him for a rematch with Lang in exchange for "a big favor." At first, Rocky is too demoralized to put forth his best efforts which frustrates Apollo, but pulls himself together after Adrian helps him come to terms with Mickey's death. Sony VGP-BPS13 battery

The rematch is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At the start of the fight, Rocky sprints from his corner, fighting with a level of skill and spirit that no one including Lang expected. As a result, Rocky completely dominates the first round, demonstrating his new-found speed. HP DV9700 battery

After the bell, Lang is in a fit of rage over what has just happened and has to be restrained by his trainers. In the second round, Lang gains the upper hand, and Rocky adopts an entirely different strategy that bewilders Apollo by intentionally taking a beating from Lang, Compaq CQ35-100 battery

and even gets knocked down at one point but manages to get up before he is counted out whilst taunting Lang for being unable to knock him out.

In the third round, Lang (who is used to winning fights swiftly with knockouts in the early rounds) Sony VGP-BPS11 battery

becomes increasingly angry and quickly exhausts his energy trying to finish Rocky off with repeated knockout blows, most of which miss the newly-agile Rocky entirely. Rocky taunts the champion in order to psych him out and the aggressive Lang is infuriated. He attacks even harder walking right into Rocky's trap. HP Pavilion DV6 Battery

The tide turns and Rocky is able to overpower the winded and outboxed Lang, landing blow after blow and dodging attempted punches before knocking him out and re-gaining the heavyweight championship of the world.

Afterwards, Rocky fulfills Apollo's vague "big favor": a private rematch with him. HP Pavilion DV6-1000ET Battery

The film concludes with both of the fighters throwing their first punch simultaneously, but this time, they fight in the spirit of friendly competition rather than as fierce rivals.

A bronze statue of Rocky, called "ROCKY", was commissioned by Sylvester Stallone and created by A. Thomas Schomberg in 1981.HP Pavilion DV6-1001TX Battery

Three statues were created, and one was placed on the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the filming of Rocky III. After filming was complete, a furious debate erupted in Philadelphia between the Art Museum and the City's Art Commission over the meaning of "art". HP Pavilion DV6-1001XX Battery

Claiming the statue was not "art" but rather a "movie prop" the city considered various alternate locations and settled upon the front of the Spectrum in South Philadelphia. It was later returned to the Art Museum where it was used in the filming of Rocky V, as well as Mannequin and PhiladelphiaHP Pavilion DV6-1002TX Battery

Afterward, it was again moved to the front of the Spectrum. The statue was returned to the museum's steps on September 8, 2006.

In Rocky Balboa, when Rocky told Paulie that he is going to make a comeback, Paulie suggested "you mad because they took down your statue?" which Rocky denied. HP Pavilion DV6-1003TX Battery

The third of the three statues was listed on eBay in early 2005, with a starting bid of $5 million. It was being auctioned to raise funds for the International Institute for Sport and Olympic History. It failed to sell and was listed again for $3 million; after receiving only one bid, which turned out to be fraudulent, it has been re-listed several times for $1 million. HP Pavilion DV6-1004TX Battery

The statues weigh 800 pounds each and stand about 8'6" tall.

Rocky IV is a 1985 American film written by, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is the fourth and financially most successful entry in the Rocky franchise. In the film, Rocky Balboa plans to retire from boxing after regaining his title from HP Pavilion DV6-1005EA Battery

Clubber Lang in Rocky III while an amateur boxer from the Soviet Union, Ivan Drago (played byDolph Lundgren), makes a bid to enter professional boxing.

After winning his title back in Rocky III, Rocky Balboa,(Sylvester Stallone) returns home with his family to go into retirement and live a private life. HP Pavilion DV6-1005EZ Battery

However, in 1985, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a highly intimidating 6-foot 5 inch, 261-pound Soviet boxer, arrives in America with his wife Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen), and a team of trainers from the USSR and Cuba. His manager, Nicolai Koloff (Michael Pataki), takes every opportunity to promote Drago's athleticism as a hallmark of Soviet superiority. HP Pavilion DV6-1005TX Battery

After seeing on T.V., and motivated by patriotism and an innate desire to prove himself, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) challenges Drago to an exhibition bout. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) has reservations, but agrees to train Apollo, as he considers it a return favor for Apollo training him in Rocky III. HP Pavilion DV6-1006TX Battery

Apollo enters the ring in an over-the-top patriotic entrance with James Brown performing Living in America. The fight turns from positive to serious, as Drago beats Apollo mercilessly. Apollo is in dire straits and taking the worst beating of his life as the first round ends. HP Pavilion DV6-1007TX Battery

Rocky and Apollo's trainer Duke (Tony Burton) plead with him to give up, but Apollo refuses to do so, and tells Rocky not to stop the fight no matter what happens. Drago's vicious assault continues in the second round, and despite Duke begging Rocky to throw in the towel, Rocky chooses to honor Apollo's wish. HP Pavilion DV6-1008TX Battery

This proves to have fatal consequences, as Apollo tragically dies in the ring from his injuries. In the immediate aftermath, Drago displays no sense of remorse, commenting to the assembled media: "If he dies ... he dies."

Incensed by Drago's cold indifference and feeling a deep sense of guilt, HP Pavilion DV6-1009EL Battery

Rocky decides to avenge Apollo's death by agreeing to relinquish his title and fight Drago in Russia on Christmas Day in an unsanctioned 15-round bout. Rocky then leaves for Russia without Adrian, who doesnt agree with Rocky's decision, saying that he won't have any moral victories, and that Apollo is dead, win or lose. HP Pavilion DV6-1009TX Battery

Rocky leaves, setting up his training base in Krasnoyarsk with only Duke and brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young) to accompany him. Duke encourages Rocky,saying that he will win, and honor Apollo's memory, who Duke said was like his son, and a piece of him died along with Apollo. HP Pavilion DV6-1010EA Battery

To prepare for the fight, Drago uses very high-tech equipment with (implied) use of anabolic steroids and a team of trainers and doctors monitoring his every fiber. Rocky, on the other hand, throws heavy logs, chops down trees, pulls an overloaded snow sleigh, jogs in heavy snow and treacherous icy conditions and climbs a mountain. HP Pavilion DV6-1010ED Battery

Despite having doubted his chances for victory, Adrian (Talia Shire) shows up unexpectedly to give Rocky her support, lending an added focus to Rocky's training.

At the fight, Drago is introduced with an elaborate, patriotic ceremony that puts the Russian crowd squarely on Drago's side, the same as the fight in Vegas, where Apollo was cheered and Drago was booed. HP Pavilion DV6-1010ET Battery

Rocky is booed by all in attendance. In contrast to his fight with Apollo, Drago immediately goes on the offensive and Rocky takes a fierce pounding. Rocky comes back toward the end of the second round and silences the Russian crowd with a strong right hook that cuts Drago just below his left eye. HP Pavilion DV6-1010TX Battery

With Drago visibly shaken, Rocky presses his advantage and begins to pummel the Russian through the end of the round. While Duke and Paulie cheer Rocky for his heroism, they remind him that Drago is not a machine, but a man. Ironically, Drago comments that Rocky "is not human",HP Pavilion DV6-1011TX Battery

with his own corner reprimanding him for being "weak" in comparison to the "small American."

The two boxers continue their battle over the next dozen rounds, with Rocky holding his ground despite Drago's powerful punches. HP Pavilion DV6-1012TX Battery

His resilience rallies the previously hostile Soviet crowd to his side, which unsettles Drago to the point that he shoves away Koloff for berating his performance. Rocky finally knocks out Drago in the final round to the shock of the Soviet Politburo watching the fight. A bloody and battered Rocky then gives a victory speech, HP Pavilion DV6-1013EA Battery

comparing the initial and mutual disdain between himself and the crowd to the general disdain between Russians and Americans, and acknowledging how they've come to respect and admire each other during the course of the fight. He finishes by saying that everybody can "change." HP Pavilion DV6-1013TX Battery

The Soviet General Secretary stands and passionately applauds Rocky and his aides follow suit. Rocky ends his speech by wishing his son a Merry Christmas, and throws his arms into the air in victory as the crowd applauds.

Wyoming doubled for the frozen expanse of the Soviet Union. HP Pavilion DV6-1016EZ Battery

The small farm where Rocky lived and trained was in Jackson Hole, and the Grand Teton National Parkwas used for filming many of the outdoor sequences in Russia. The PNE Agrodome at Hastings Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, served as the location of Rocky's Soviet bout. HP Pavilion DV6-1018EL Battery

Sylvester Stallone has stated that the original punching scenes filmed between him and Dolph Lundgren in the first portion of the fight are completely authentic. Stallone wanted to capture a realistic scene and Lundgren agreed that they would engage in legitimate sparring. HP Pavilion DV6-1020EC Battery

One particularly forceful Lundgren punch to Stallone's chest slammed his heart against his breastbone, causing the heart to swell and his breathing to become laboured. Stallone, suffering from laboured breathing and a blood pressure over 200, was flown from the set in Canada to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica and was forced into intensive care for eight days. HP Pavilion DV6-1020ED Battery

 

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