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Rocky (1976)
USA / English
"His whole life was a million-to-one shot."
A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire Adrianna "Adrian" Pennino
Burt Young Paulie
Carl Weathers Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith Mickey Goldmill
Thayer David Jergens
Joe Spinell Gazzo
Jimmy Gambina Mike
Bill Baldwin Fight Announcer (as Bill Baldwin)
Al Silvani Cut Man (as Al Salvani)
George Memmoli Ice Rink Attendant
Jodi Letizia Marie
Diana Lewis TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon TV Commentator
Larry Carroll TV Interviewer
Director: John G. Avildsen
Producer: Robert Chartoff,Irwin Winkler
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
70's trashy fairytale story
Stallone is just perfect as Rocky, a "bum" who gets a shot at the Heavyweight title in Boxing.

What works perfectly here is the era in which this film was made. I seriously doubt that had this movie been made a decade later it would be half as charming. It's got that glorious 70's trashy style film-making and setting which made films like Midnight Cowboy or even Five Easy Pieces so appealing to begin with. The characters here feel real and authentic, and most of all, completely human. Nothing spectacular about them, more or less lowlifes who wouldn't arouse any interest in other people than social workers perhaps.

The script by Stallone is exceptionally good and completely deserved the Oscar. Rocky is a treasure of a character and Stallone plays him to perfection, really should have picked up an Oscar for that as well. This is basically a fairytale story in a different setting and almost feels very real.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
User credit 1:1001 movies you must see before you die
User credit 2:610
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 7.9
Musician: Bill Conti
Running time: 119 min
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Last modified: 2008-01-14 13:11:53