Rocky is the plucky crowd-pleaser that took courage and determination on Stallone’s part to produce. While trying to make it as a screenwriter, the unknown Stallone created his famous character after watching the Ali-Wepner bout, and clearly drawing parallels with his own underdog status.
He insisted on playing the lead, though offered much-needed cash to sell the script; he made the right choice, as Stallone’s character and the movie became international sensations, touching the plucky underdog in every audience. Washed-up canvas-back Stallone gets the chance of a lifetime when cocky champion Weathers lets an unknown take a shot at his title.
With his trainer Meredith and shy girlfriend Shire supporting him, Stallone hits the pavement to train for his moment of glory. As well as setting up a chain of sequels (still resonating today with reboot Creed) Rocky also won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama and notched up 10 Academy Award Nominations including Best Actor: Sylvester Stallone; Best Actress: Talia Shire; Best Supporting Actor: Burgess Meredith; Best Supporting Actor: Burt Young; Best (Original) Screenplay.
USA / United Artists / 1976 / 125 minutes
Screenwriter: Sylvester Stallone / Director of Photography: James Crabe / Composer: Bill Conti / Production Designer: William Cassidy / Costume Designer: Robert Cambel, Joanne Hutchinson / Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler / Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young,