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.
For the rematch with Clubber Lang, Rocky's corner men wear red polo's. Apollo and Duke's shirts say "Rocky" on the back. However, Paulie's shirt says "Paulie" on the back. See more »
During the first round of the second fight with Clubber, Apollo is on the left, Paulie is next to him. When Apollo makes comments to Paulie ("He looks fantastic!") Paulie is seated to the left of Apollo, positions they do not assume until the second round. 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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The opening credits are played over a montage of Rocky's title defenses and Clubber Lang's rise to power in the ring. The closing credits are played over a painting of Rocky and Apollo fighting. See more »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
30 minutes shorter than its predecessors-- according to audience reactions I still disagree with, that's the same curse that held "Superman IV" in Hollywood Purgatory (or maybe lower).
Thank heavens "Rocky III" is still an enjoyable piece of work!
For Stallone's second shot in the director's chair, he pits his famous character against Clubber Lang, a testosterone-oozing Mr. T. The trouble is, has Rocky grown complacent in light of his massive celebrity?
While it does stick to something of a formula, R3 still comes out swinging, with more humor and better drama than the first two, but doesn't reach the cheer-inspiring fever pitch of the second.
A worthwhile entry.
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