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Rocky III (1982)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 28 May 1982 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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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:

$125,049,125
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Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Chuck Wepner, the match between Rocky and Thunderlips was based on Wepner's match with André the Giant. Wepner was tossed out of the ring in the same way that Rocky is in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, there's an overhead shot (of Rocky and "Thunderlips" facing one another) where the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the back of Thunderlips's head. See more »

Quotes

Paulie: Don't listen to it, Rocky.
Apollo Creed: No, do listen to it Rock. Because when it's over, everybody's gonna owe you an engraved apology. And you're gonna owe me a favor.
Rocky Balboa: What favor?
Apollo Creed: When it's over Rock.
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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 Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge: Day 3 (2011) 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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User Reviews

 
He made one more remake of "Rocky" and he nailed it again
28 December 2016 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

After "Rocky II", which is almost a remake of original "Rocky", "Rocky III" is pouring sand in the desert. If someone told me what is it about, I would be like - Really, Sylvester, how long do you think you can take people's money by simply rearranging the same movie in slightly different arrangements?! The answer is - Obviously longer than common sense allows. The movie was blockbuster, it launched the song "Eye of the Tiger" in unbelievable heights, and it achieved crazy success in every way. However crazy it may sound, rearranging of the Rocky story works and it works well. The story is good, acting and directing too, the soundtrack kicks ass, and the movie keeps attention from the first till the very last moment, and it really leaves a strong impression. I'm a little bit ashamed to like it, but I really do, very much.

8/10


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