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Rocky  Balboa

Rocky Balboa on the steps at dawn           links

Rocky films, 1-6
Rocky VII: Creed

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The really special thing about the Rocky Balboa Saga is how it all began. The story goes that struggling actor Sylvestor Stallone wrote a 'spec' script about a struggling boxer who gets a chance to fight the heavyweight champ, fights his own inner demons to get in shape, and knocks the champ down in the first round, which suddenly makes the boxer a serious challenger for the heavyweight title.
Producers Chartoff & Winkler liked Stallone's script, but wanted to star somebody bigger, like Robert Redford. Unknown Stallone stood his ground and said that he was the only actor who would star as Rocky – Stallone won that first round, and the rest is cinematic history.

Rocky Links
'Rocky Balboa' character entry at Wikipedia
'Rocky' film series entry at Wikipedia
'Rocky Lives!' fansite
John G. Avildsen {director of 'Rocky' & 'Rocky 5'} credits at IMDb
Kevin's Rocky fansite
MovieProp Rocky fansite
HJ's 'Total Rocky' fansite

satirical short film "Rocky VI" [1986]: IMDb credits watch [8:17] online at YouTube

Sylvester  Stallone  Links
official Sylvester Stallone website
Sylvester Stallone's credits at Internet Movie Database
Sylvester Stallone catalog at AllPosters.com
CZ's 'StalloneZone' fansite
Robert's Sylvester Stallone fansite

Sylvester Stallone catalog on VHS or on DVD at Amazon

Other  Links
Magic Lantern's Boxing Movies Film Festival Page
Magic Lantern's Muscle-Head Film Festival Page



The  Rocky  Films

Rocky movie series category at Amazon.com
search on keywords 'Rocky movies' on DVD at Amazon

Sylvester Stallone Rocky Undisputed Collection Blu-ray boxed set   "Sylvester Stallone - Rocky: The Undisputed Collection Boxed Set" [2009]
includes the six Rocky films, 1976-2006, plus the "Rocky Anthology" disk with a dozen featurettes, a video game, trailers, commentary, and TV ads
MGM Video widescreen color Blu-ray set [11/2009] 7 disks for $46.49
not available on Region 1 DVD
Rocky Complete Saga Collection  "Rocky: The Complete Saga Collection" [2007]
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [12/2007] 6 disks for $89.95
Best of Rocky soundtrack CD  "Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky" [2006]
17 tracks by Bill Conti, Survivor & others
Capitol soundtrack CD [12/2006] for $17.42
Rocky DVD boxed sets  "Rocky Anthology: Rocky I thru Rocky V" box sets
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [12/2006] 5 disks for $93.50
M.G.M. color DVD [12/2004] 5 disks - out of prodn/used
MGM/UA widescreen DVD boxed set [4/2001] 5 disks for $114.99
MGM/UA VHS boxed set [4/2001] 5 tapes - for $7.42 {sic}
Rocky Story soundtracks  "The Rocky Story: The Original Soundtrack Songs From The Rocky Movies" [1990]
Volcano audio CD [7/91] for $8.97
Universal/PolyGram audio CD [7/91] out of prodn/used

listed #3 on Empire Magazine's Top 50 Sports Movies, July 2012  "Rocky"  [Chartoff-Winkler/United Artists Nov 1976]
Best Picture Oscar  Best Director Oscar  Best Editing Oscar  
Rocky I  
Small-time Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa works out to stay in shape, but his trainer says he isn't trying hard enough to make the big time. Rocky meets shy Adrian at her pet-store job, and they fall in love. Current heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed decides to take on an unknown as a publicity stunt, and chooses Rocky. Rocky understands the odds against winning, but is determined to 'go the distance' against the champ. Directed by John G. Avildsen; written by & starring Sylvester Stallone, co-starring Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith & Tony Burton; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, 7 other Oscar noms including Best Original Script & Best Actor; also won DGA Award, WGA nom & 5 BAFTA noms; listed on the National Film Registry (2006)
MGM/UA color VHS [4/2001] out of stock/used
MGM/UA widescreen DVD [4/2001] for $16.99
Capitol soundtrack CD [10/90] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb studio website theme song [2min:47sec]

"Rocky" [1976] novelization by Julia Sorel
Ballantine movie tie-in mass pb [11/76] out of print/many used
Ballantine movie tie-in mass pb [3/77] out of print/used

"Rocky  II"  [Chartoff-Winkler/UA June 1979 sequel]
Rocky II  Rocky's sudden success doesn't last, and he takes a job at a meat-packing plant, then is laid off. Apollo Creed is stung by taunts that the fight with Rocky was fixed, and pressure mounts on Rocky for a rematch, even though the damage to his eye could be worsened. During the birth of Rocky Junior, Adrian lapses into a coma and Rocky quits training; but when Adrian revives, she tells Rocky to beat Apollo Creed, so this time Rocky is determined to win against Apollo Creed. Written & directed by & starring Sylvester Stallone; co-starring Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith & Tony Burton
videos available new only as part of boxed sets above (Jan 2003)
MGM/UA widescreen DVD [9/97] out of stock/used
MGM/UA color VHS [4/96] out of stock/used
Capitol soundtrack CD [10/90] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb studio website

"Rocky II" novelization [1979] by Sylvester Stallone
Ballantine movie tie-in mass pb [6/79] out of print/used

"Rocky  III"  [MGM/UA May 1982 sequel]
Rocky III  Ten years older, Rocky has lost his fire to win and trainer Mickey advises retirement. But Mickey dies and Rocky is defeated by newcomer Clubber Lang, and pal Apollo Creed takes Rocky in hand and trains him for the rematch. Written & directed by & starring Sylvester Stallone; co-starring Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton, Mr. T & Hulk Hogan; Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "Eye of The Tiger"
videos available new only as part of boxed sets above (Jan 2003)
MGM/UA color VHS [4/96] out of stock/used
Capitol soundtrack CD [10/90] for $11.98
Capitol audio [10/90] for $7.58
full credits from IMDb studio website theme song [3min:48sec]

"Rocky III" novelization [1982] by Sylvester Stallone
Ballantine movie tie-in mass pb [5/82] out of print/used

"Rocky  IV"  [MGM/UA Nov 1985 sequel]
Rocky IV  A Russian 'super athlete' kills Apollo Creed during an exhibition match. Against Adrian's wishes, Rocky vows revenge in behalf of the U.S.A. and of Apollo, and goes to Russia to train for the match. Written & directed by & starring Sylvester Stallone; co-starring Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Tony Burton, Michael Pataki & Dolph Lundgren
videos available new only as part of boxed sets above (Jan 2003)
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [10/97] out of stock/used
M.G.M. color VHS [4/96] out of stock/used
Scotti Bros. soundtrack CD [3/92] for $11.98
Scotti Bros. audio [3/92] for $7.58
full credits from IMDb studio website theme song [3min:17sec]

"Rocky IV" novelization [1985] by Sylvester Stallone
Ballantine movie tie-in mass pb [11/85] out of print/used

"Rocky  V"  [Chartoff-Winkler/UA Nov 1990 sequel]
Rocky V   After his triumphant return from Russia, Rocky's life falls apart: injuries from the fight against Drago surface, a crooked accountant has squandered Rocky's money, and he owes the IRS, and the forced move back to the old neighborhood puts Rocky Junior amongst bad influences. Rocky agrees to train rookie boxer Tommy Gunn, who dumps Rocky when he attains success, and cannot understand why the crowds boo him. At the end, Tommy goads Rocky into a Christmas Eve street brawl. Directed by John G. Avildsen; written by & starring Sylvester Stallone, co-starring Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Tommy Morrison, Richard Gant & Tony Burton
videos available new only as part of boxed sets above (Jan 2003)
MGM/UA color VHS [1/94] out of stock/used
Virgin soundtrack CD [8/95] for $36.49
full credits from IMDb studio website


"Rocky  Balboa" aka "Rocky VI"
[Chartoff-Winkler/United Artists Dec 2006]
Rocky Balboa / Rocky VI poster in b&w   Stallone announced in December 2003 an agreement with Irwin Winkler to produce "Rocky VI"; filming began in December 2005 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. In middle age, Rocky is now the owner of a delicatessen. When ESPN broadcasts a virtual fight where young Rocky beats the current 'paper champion', Rocky realizes that he wants back in the game. He reapplies for a license, which sets off a media storm, and the champion's handlers get the idea of a Battle of The Ages. Written & directed by & starring Sylvester Stallone; also starring light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver, Burt Young, Geraldine Hughes, Milo Ventimiglia & Tony Burton
Sony widescreen color DVD [3/2007] for $11.49
full credits at IMDb official movie site

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"Rocky VII:  Creed"  
[Chartoff-Winkler/United Artists 2014?]

Announced 7/2013: Ryan Coogler of hit "Fruitvale Station" is set to direct, and probably Oscar-worthy "Fruitvale Station" star
Michael B. Jordan will portray Apollo Creed's grandson; Sylvester Stallone will produce and co-star not yet listed at IMDb



Books  on  Rocky & Stallone

Official Rocky Scrapbook   "The Official Rocky Scrapbook" [1977]
by Sylvester Stallone

Grosset & Dunlap pb [1/77] out of print/used
Stallone / Rocky Life   "Stallone: A Rocky Life" [1998]
by Frank Sanello

Mainstream/Trafalgar 9x6 pb [10/98] for $15.60
Rocky Guide to Life, Heavyweight Wisdom book by Jennifer Leczkowski  "The Rocky Guide To Life: Heavyweight Wisdom
To Help You Go The Distance" [2006]
by Jennifer Leczkowski

Running Press 6¼x6 hardcover [11/2006] for $9.95
Rocky Ultimate Guide   "Rocky: The Ultimate Guide" [2006]
by Ed Gross, Foreword by Sylvester Stallone

includes material on all six movies
D.K. Adult 12x10¼ hardcover [12/2006] for $16.49



Other  Media

"Rocky: The Musical"  
Announced 6/2011: Musical stageplay version by Sylvester Stallone & Thomas Meehan is set to open
in Germany in Fall 2012, with a Broadway debut in Spring 2013.



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