After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

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Sylvester Stallone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire ... Adrian
Burt Young ... Paulie
Carl Weathers ... Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith ... Mickey Goldmill
Tony Burton ... Duke
Mr. T ... Clubber Lang
Hulk Hogan ... Thunderlips
Ian Fried Ian Fried ... Rocky Jr.
Al Silvani ... Al
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Clubber's Manager
Jim Hill Jim Hill ... Sportscaster
Don Sherman ... Andy
Dennis James ... Wrestling Commentator
Jim Healy Jim Healy ... Wrestling Commentator
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Storyline

Sylvester Stallone returns to the character which made him famous in this wildly successful sequel. Rocky III starts with the Italian Stallion so famous that his likeness is everywhere, including pinball machines. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to young thug Clubber Lang ( Mr. T ), who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's beloved trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), before their first championship bout. After sinking into a depression, Balboa must regain the love and support of his family, as well as the elusive "eye of the tiger," the hungry need to beat the opponent which former foe Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) teaches him during this film's training sequence. In the end, Balboa faces off against Lang for a second time.

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Taglines:

A Fighter. A Lover. A Legend. The Greatest Challenge. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the only movie in the Rocky series (not counting the Rocky II recap at the beginning) in which Rocky never says "yo." See more »

Goofs

Just before Round 2 of the rematch begins (as the commentator says "..and he had Lang at his mercy"), the word "CLUBBER" is reversed on Clubber's shorts. See more »

Quotes

Clubber Lang: [before the rematch with Rocky] Hey, boy. Hey, boy. After I crucify him, you next.
Apollo Creed: Just stay outta my face, chump.
[turns his back on Clubber]
Clubber Lang: Don't turn your back on me, sucka!
[he shoves Apollo and a melee breaks out]
Rocky Balboa: [after the scuffle is broken up] I thought you said be cool!
Apollo Creed: That *was* cool!
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Crazy Credits

"Rocky" is actually displayed on screen three separate times at the start of the film (first scrolling onto the screen from right to left (along with the number III), then spelled out with fireworks, and finally in simple text at the bottom right of the screen (again with III), several minutes later). See more »

Alternate Versions

Several scenes were added for the European Theatrical Release:
  • During the Thunderlips charity fight, there are several glances between Rocky and Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
  • A romantic scene between Rocky and Adrian before the Statue unveiling.
  • A funeral march for Mickey (Burgess Meredith).
  • The dialogue between Apollo ('Carl Weathers') and Rocky in Mick's Gym is longer.
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Connections

Referenced in Memories of Videodisc (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Eye of the Tiger
Composed and Produced by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Performed by Survivor
Survivor appears by courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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Makes you want to go the distance and hit someone :D
28 November 2005 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

You know, a few months ago, I felt that it's kinda silly for me to claim to be a movie fan yet not see the Rocky movies and my friend even told me that it's a must see to be an official movie fanatic. So, I had decided to see all the Rocky flicks, and low and behold there is a 6th one coming out next year, so what better time? I felt that people are a little harsh on "Rocky III". Yeah, it's lost a little more edge and originality, but I felt that they kept it cool and within it's origins. Come on, I mean it's the eye of the tiger! Mr. T, he's so cool. He's so bad and you want to hate him, but you can't because he's just so cool. I loved the twist of having Apollo help Rocky train to defeat Mr. T. What more could a Rocky fan want out of this film? It's going strong and I can't wait to watch the fourth one. I know what happens unfortunately, I watch those "I love the 80's" shows. :P But I'm still excited, I love these Rocky movies. I may just see Rocky X! Come on, fans, this doesn't deserve a 5.6, let's get that rating up! 7/10


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,431,486, 30 May 1982

Gross USA:

$125,049,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,052,686
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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