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In November 20 1976, was released one of the most iconic movies from the 90’s, ‘The Addams Family’. The movie is about Rocky Balboa, a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a “nobody” to become a “somebody”. The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time.
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Director: John G. Avildsen
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Rocky’s dog Butkus was actually Sylvester Stallone’s dog in real life.
- Writer Sylvester Stallone was inspired to write the screenplay for the film after seeing the Chuck Wepner-Muhammad Ali fight on March 24, 1975 at the Richfield Coliseum outside of Cleveland in Richfield, Ohio.
- The highest-grossing movie of 1976.
- The ice rink scene was originally written to feature 300 extras, but the production couldn’t afford so many people. When Sylvester Stallone turned up to shoot the scene, to his horror, there was only one extra. So, Stallone hastily threw together the scene as it exists in the completed film. Ironically, this scene has become one of the most popular in the entire Rocky saga.
- Rocky’s old injury to his finger which enables him to pretend he had broken it, is a real injury Sylvester Stallone suffered whilst playing college football.
- Burgess Meredith got the part of Mickey, because the other actors they considered for the role were insulted that Sylvester Stallone wanted them to read for it.
- The first sports film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
- The two scenes where Rocky runs up the museum stairs (the first where he can’t do it and the second during the “Gonna Fly Now” training sequence where he runs up them triumphantly) were filmed two hours apart. The first before the sun rose, the second afterwards.
- Rocky is not the character’s actual name. His real name is Robert Balboa – this was seen in a rough script from the second film. He took the nickname from real-life boxer Rocky Marciano.
- The movie’s line “Yo, Adrian.” was voted as the #80 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).