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.
Just before the rematch between Rocky and Clubber Lang, the commentators express their surprise at how slim Rocky looks. However this would have been seen at the weigh-in and even if neither commentator had attended the weigh-in or seen footage of it they would definitely have known the weights of both boxers going into the bout. See more »
Don't listen to it, Rocky.
No, do listen to it Rock. Because when it's over, everybody's gonna owe you an engraved apology. And you're gonna owe me a favor.
When it's over Rock.
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"Rocky" is actually displayed on screen three separate times at the start of the film (first scrolling onto the screen from right to left (along with the number III), then spelled out with fireworks, and finally in simple text at the bottom right of the screen (again with III), several minutes later). See more »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
Rocky III isn't better than the previous two. The gritty realism and characterization is no longer with us and what we are given is something that's more comic-strip like and predictable. However, although it isn't brilliant, Rocky III stands out in a unique way. You can't help to be lured into fantasy when 'The Eye Of The Tiger' begins to play over the opening titles as we get a glimpse of Rocky at his best - beating an array of challengers in triumph. Rocky is a true champion. Then, we have Clubber Lang. He falls short to Apollo Creed in terms of humaness and conviction but nevertheless is a suitable draw-up for the film's story. The boxing champion of the world finds his world close to ruins after the all-mean Clubber causes his manager to have a heart attack and then beats him for his precious title. Actually, it's a common case. The bad beat the good to steal something which is good. However, the good don't usually fight back due to fear or the fact that this isn't possible. But you can place a smile on your face because we're in the movies, we're in a Rocky picture. Although the specific plot in Rocky III isn't realistic we can to relate it by this way. Rocky III helps us to enjoy ourselves while gathered around the television and also in confronting our demons.
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