T’s ' Clubber' Lang, Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago), and one not so formidable (Tommy Morrison’s Tommy Gunn).
Despite its dedicated boxing backdrop, the Rocky films appeal to the underdog in each of us; the subconscious part of our minds that remains convinced - no matter how stacked against us the odds are - that we could go the distance if only we were given the opportunity.
The couple were the star attraction at the PSLA/Carolina Herrera Winter Gala, which was raising funds for the Philanthropy Society Of Los Angeles.
Former fashion model Jennifer looked in fine form indeed in a flowing white gown, which showcased her toned yet slender figure to the maximum, and towered over her pint-sized husband thanks to her high heels.
won three 1976 Academy Awards, one each for direction (John Avildsen), editing (Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad), and the aforementioned Best Picture of the year (carried off by producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler).
not only launched Stallone’s career as an actor and filmmaker, it touched a chord with a generation of moviegoers.
Apollo Creed, the reigning champ, gets the idea of fighting an unknown boxer and he picks Rocky based purely on his nickname; The Italian Stallion. While it's a whim for Apollo, for Rocky it represents the chance of a lifetime.
Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a small-time boxer who seems to be going nowhere in life, as he works day-in and day-out as a collector for a loan shark and fights in sleazy clubs for low-paid reward, to which Rocky is mocked and told that he's nothing but a 'bum', especially by gym trainer Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith).Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores. Sylvester Stallone might have inflicted some real clunkers on us later in his career, including a multitude of sequels to this movie, but you can't deny that he created a classic here.One night, to cheer myself up, I took the last of my entertainment money and went to see the Muhammad Ali/Chuck Wepner fight. Chuck Wepner, a battling bruising type of club fighter who never really made the big time, was now having his shot, but the fight was not regarded as a serious battle. I’m sitting there, looking around at the audience and a drama is unfolding. And then, all of a sudden, Ali falls down – he tripped – but now the place is going crazy.And here comes the last round and Wepner finally established himself as one of the few men who had ever gone the distance with Muhammad Ali. Now the only thing I’ve got to do is get a character to that point and I’ve got my story.” Robert Chartoff (producer): From my point of view, the appeal of the script was the fact that Rocky lost the fight.