Number of Times Seen – 5 or so times (Video, DVD, 27 Aug 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A down and out professional boxer gets an opportunity to fight the Heavyweight Champion of the world to kick off the Bicentennial Celebrations in 1976
My Take on it – Rocky is THE ultimate boxing movie.
This is the first time where I really paid attention to the story and was pleasantly surprised that Sylvester Stallone was able to take his own experiences as a struggling actor and use that as a motivation for this Oscar winning movie.
Stallone was only the 3rd actor to be nominated for acting and writing in the same year. (He didn’t win either award).
Greta supporting cast: Burgess Meredith, Burt Young and Talia Shire (all 3 were nominated for supporting Oscars but didn’t win)
Movie was nominated for 10 Oscars (The above supporting roles, writing, music, Actor (Stallone), and Sound) and won 3 (Picture, Director and Film Editing). This movie is also the first sport themed movie to win Best Picture.
Just like it’s storyline, this movie was considered an underdog against heavyweights Taxi Driver (1976) and Network (1976) and still managed to go the distance against them.
Because the storyline was so close to his heart, Stallone supposedly wrote the first draft in just 3 days and shopped it around for a while until it was ultimately bought by the producing team of Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff.
This is definitely the strongest Rocky movie and it’s somewhat unfortunate that they continued the series instead of leaving this as a stand alone movie.
Bottom Line – This isn’t the best Best picture, but the theme of the underdog trying just to prove himself works well. Recommended.
Rating – Globe Worthy