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.
Sylvester Stallone admits that after Rocky II (1979), he ran out of ideas and this and Rocky IV (1985) focus more on the fight and training, whereas the first two films had more elements than just about boxing. See more »
The second fight between Rocky and Clubber. They are standing face to face as the referee refreshes them of the rules. Under Rocky's left eye you can see the outline of the cut that he's "going to receive" near the end of the second round. It's bleeding when he's back in his corner. See more »
[Arriving in Apollo's old L.A. gym filled with African-American boxers]
We gotta leave. I've got a reputation.
What do you mean reputation?
You heard. I don't like these people.
Maybe they don't like you either Paulie
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"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 »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
He made one more remake of "Rocky" and he nailed it again
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.
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