Sylvester Stallone's career-defining vehicle (he was a relative unknown before ROCKY with 35 previously rejected scripts) as the down-and-out boxer from Philadelphia won three Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Rocky Balboa, a once-promising boxer, is stuck working for a loan shark and taking small fights for chump change. When offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get into the ring with reigning champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) for a publicity stunt, he vows to "go the distance." DIR John G. Avildsen; SCR Sylvester Stallone; PROD Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler. U.S., 1976, color, 120 min. RATED PG
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