Rocky

1976

Rocky (1976)

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Critic Consensus: This story of a down-on-his-luck boxer is thoroughly predictable, but Sylvester Stallone's script and stunning performance in the title role brush aside complaints.

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A slightly dimwitted amateur boxer from Philadelphia's tough neighborhood gets a surprise shot at fighting for the heavyweight championship, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the local pet store.

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Cast

Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Burt Young
as Paulie
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Thayer David
as Jergens
Bill Baldwin
as Fight Announcer
Al Silvani
as Cut Man
George Memmoli
as Ice Rink Attendant
Diana Lewis
as TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon
as TV Commentator
Larry Carroll
as TV Interviewer
Stan Shaw
as Dipper
Don Sherman
as Bartender
Billy Sands
as Club Fight Announcer
Pedro Lovell
as Spider Ricco
DeForest Covan
as Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow
as Club Cornerman
Tony Burton
as Apollo's Trainer
Hank Rolike
as Apollo Cornerman
Shirley O'Hara
as Jergens' Secretary
Kathleen Parker
as Paulie's Date
Frank Stallone
as Timekeeper
Shirley O'Hara Krims
as Jergens' Secretary
Joe Sorbello
as Buddy the Bodyguard
Chris Avildsen
as Chiptooth
Frankie Van
as Club Fight Referee
Lou Filippo
as Championship Fight Announcer
Robert L. Tangrea
as Streetcorner Singer
Peter Glassberg
as Streetcorner Singer
William E. Ring
as Streetcorner Singer
Joseph C. Giambelluca
as Streetcorner Singer
Joe Frazier
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Rocky

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (10)

Like the movies of Frank Capra, Rocky is a glowing tribute to the human spirit - a chin-up reminder that the decent, little guys of the world often accomplish the impossible if only because they try so hard.

Feb 24, 2016 | Full Review…

In addition to a heart-warming script, Stallone has created on the screen a character of enormous appeal and charm -- half-articulate but funny, gruff but good-hearted.

Nov 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound.

Feb 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The story is achingly familiar, and though Stallone has a certain power, he is certainly not the subtlest actor to crawl out from under Marlon's overcoat.

Jul 26, 2011 | Full Review…

There are occasional flashes that the film may be patronizing the lower end of the blue-collar mentality, as much if not more than the characters who keep putting Rocky down on the screen. However, Avildsen is noted for creating such ambiguities.

Feb 20, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

I wanted to like it more than I did, but it'll do.

Dec 13, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rocky

½

What makes this underdog story so special is that it is not just a mere "guy movie" about boxing but instead a touching and profoundly honest drama about a man and his personal struggle to go the distance and be the best he can - and Stallone's performance is superb.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It's really amazing believe that Sylvester Stallone had made such a great screenplay and stunning performance. Rocky proves that not all action macho it's just a strong men that fight against bad guys in comercial movies, but sometimes are pretty good writers and actor. Dispite the predictable plot and story and the sentimentalism, Rocky still is impressive and make us review the unforgettable American 70's cinema.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

With an exceptional script, exceptional acting, several iconic sequences (the stairs scene), and the classic use of "Gonna Fly Now," Rocky is an affecting, moving film that keeps you cheering on Stallone throughout its entirety.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

The story of a boxer who is living in an old run-down apartment, with very little money, until someones rings his bell with a chance at the title! Going through life changing moments, falling for a girl, going through training, hard times and unrelentless power, Rocky is one of the best films of the 70's. Sylvestre Stallone gives the best performance of his career and truly makes himself a believable boxer at heart! I have never thought I would love a boxers life journey so much, but here I have to give it more credit that any boxing movie ever made. With magnificent direction, great editing, a well-told story, and Stallone at his very best, "Rocky" is fantastic!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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