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- 1976 John Avildsen film starring Sylvester Stallone as an underachieving club fighter who gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship.
- Stallone was inspired to write Rocky after watching the Muhammad Ali vs. Chuck Wepner fight.
- The film had a production budget of $1 million, yet grossed over $117 million domestically and $225 million worldwide.
- Ten Academy Award Nominations, including two for Stallone:
- Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
- Three Academy Award Wins:
- Best Director
- Best Film Editing
- Best Picture
- IMDb link
- 14 Best Boxing Movies (From the Art of Manliness)
- MGM's Official Site for Rocky
- Total Rocky.com
Boxing-Related Cast Members:
- Tony Burton (Apollo's trainer)
- Bobby Cassidy (ringside police officer, uncredited)
- Lou Filippo (championship fight announcer)
- Joe Frazier (as himself)
- Pedro Lovell (Spider Rico)
- Al Silvani (as himself)
- Frankie Van (club fight referee)
- The character of Apollo Creed in Rocky was initially going to be played by Ken Norton, but he pulled out to participate in the ABC sports competition show The Superstars.