Rocky (1976)


Drama | Sport


John G. Avildsen




Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David, Joe Spinell, Tony Burton, Pedro Lovell


When he is chosen to take on Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), the reigning world heavyweight champion, small-time boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) starts training as hard as he can in order to earn his own self-respect while beginning a relationship with Adrian (Talia Shire).


Just like "Rambo", "Rocky" is one of those Stallone movies to see at least once in a lifetime, that's why I decided to take advantage of my brother's collection and watch this film, that turned out to be more than just an underdog sport film, but a great character study.

Like the typical underdog story, this film tells about a man who exceeds past all expectations and does the best he can. It is a story of hope and dreams coming true. It is basically a fairytale that because of its different setting feels real. It is a simple yet touching story of a man, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Its major subplot is a romance that works well and it's actually one of the film's greatest strengths. 

But the story, although interesting, isn't the important part, the characters are. I must admit I wasn't expecting such deep and complex characters considering they were written by Stallone. I don't judge a book by its cover, I just judge Stallone by the films he makes which aren't exactly bright. Actually are quite the opposite. That being said, other than a strong leading character that is portrayed in a very human yet not pathetic way, the film features a few, but memorable characters, the manipulative Paulie, the sweet Adrian and the sneaky Apollo Creed.

Another great thing about "Rocky" is the phenomenal musical score by Bill Conti that transforms the film and it will probably give you goosebumps.

Also strong are the performances. Sylvester Stallone gives an excellent performance as Rocky Balboa as he's able to deliver pain, frustration but also a lot of strength of will. Talia Shire does a good job as well as Adrian, and she does have a nice chemistry with Stallone. Burt Young is impressive as the desperate Paulie, and Burgess Meredith also does a good job as the wistful trainer Mickey.


  1. I'm really glad you enjoyed Rocky! I watched it last year kind of begrudgingly knowing it was one of those 'must watch' movies and I was blown away, it wasn't the kind of movie I was expecting at all! Great review :)

    1. Thanks! I had exactly the same reaction as you.

  2. Che devo aggiungere... Davvero un cult!

  3. The best part about Rocky, and what often gets lost is that isn't really about boxing. Like you said, it's about the characters. What also gets lost is that Stallone is actually a really good writer...when he wants to be. Glad you liked it.