Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), when the undefeated fighter's scheduled opponent is injured. While training with feisty former bantamweight contender Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), Rocky tentatively begins a relationship with Adrian (Talia Shire), the wallflower sister of his meat-packer pal Paulie (Burt Young).

Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Director(s): John G. Avildsen
Production: United Artists
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

I'm here to warn ya, that ya gotta be very careful about this shot that you got at the title. Because, like the Bible sez, you ain't gonna get a second chance...Well, what ya need is a manager. A manager, listen to me. I know, because I've been in this racket for fifty years...I've seen it all, all of it. Ya know what I've done?...I have done it all...[He holds a bare lightbulb in front of his face] I've got twenty-one stitches over this left eye. I've got thirty-four stitches over this eye. Do ya know that I had my nose busted seventeen times?...[He glances at Rocky's poster of Rocky Marciano] Ya kinda remind me of the Rock, ya know that?...Ya move like him, ya got heart like he did...I got all this knowledge, I got it up here now, I wanna give it to you...I wanna take care of ya, I wanna make sure that all this sh*t that happened to me doesn't happen to you...Ya can't buy what I'm gonna give ya. I've got pain and I've got experience.

Well, I've got pain and I've got experience too.

Listen kid

Hey, Mick.


I needed your help about ten years ago, right? Ten years ago?


Ten years ago, ya never helped me none. You didn't care.

Well, if you wanted help... I say, if you wanted help, why didn't you ask? Why didn't you just ask me, kid?

Look, I asked, but you never heard nothin'

Well I, uh, I know I, I'm 76 years old. and uh well, where the hell is...

Took you long enough to get here. Took you ten years to come to my house. Huh, what's the matter? You don't like my house? Does my house stink? That's right it stinks! I didn't ask no favours from you! Don't slum around me! Talking about your prime. What about my prime Mick!? Least you had a prime! I didn't have no prime, I didn't have nothin'. Leg's are goin', everythin's goin'. Nobody's gettin' no nothin'. Guy comes up, offers me a fight. Big deal, you wanna fight the fight? Yeah I'll fight the big fight. I'm gonna go and fight that big fight and you know what's going to happen to me? I'm gonna get that! [punches mattress] I'm gonna get that! [punches mattress] And you wanna be ringside and see it? Do ya? You wanna help me out? Huh!? Do you wanna see me get my face kicked in!? Leg's ain't workin'. Nothin's workin'. They go "Go on fight the champ". Yeah I'll fight him. Get my face kicked in. And you come around here, you wanna move in here with me? Come on in it's a nice house! Real nice! Come on in and move! It stinks! This whole place stinks. You wanna help me out? Well help me out! Come on help me out, I'm standing here!

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  • Joe Smith
    Joe Smith
    Rocky showing a picture of him after a fight to Adrian :"I lost that fight but that's a nice picture, don't ya's think?"
    LikeReply 34 years ago
  • Karen West
    Karen West
    Do you have a criminal record? Rocky: Nothin' to brag about'
    LikeReply 25 years ago

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