Rocky

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Rocky is a motion picture released in 1976 starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed. It tells a rags-to-riches tale about Balboa, a slightly dull-witted but good-hearted "collection agent" for a loan shark in Philadelphia with a penchant for boxing who gets a shot at the world heavyweight title in the Philadelphia Spectrum. It was written by Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. The movie was inspired by a real-life fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, as well as having parallels to Ali's two fights with George Chuvalo.

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Rocky Balboa is a dead-end, "bottom of the barrel" guy from Philadelphia who is going nowhere in life. With the nation's bicentenary coming up, the undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed searches desperately for a match worthy of the nation's birthday. With all the deserving competitors unavailable for one reason or another, Creed comes up with the perfect bout: he will fight the local underdog "Italian Stallion" Rocky, and by doing so give him a chance at the world title. In the time leading up to the fight, Rocky trains with crusty, 1920s-era bantamweight fighter Mickey Goldmill, played by Burgess Meredith. At the same time, he falls in love with his best friend's sister, Adrian (Talia Shire). After intense training and with a new found focus and determination, Rocky takes his thousand-to-one shot at the title, deciding that even though he probably can't win he will go the distance (compete in the maximum duration of 15 rounds) with Creed. In the first round, Rocky nearly knocks Creed out, but from that point on Creed takes the match seriously and the fighters beat each other bloody. Rocky refuses to give up and fights Creed for all fifteen rounds (a feat no one had previously accomplished) only to lose on a split decision, but not before gaining instant fame worldwide. Rocky proves himself to all those who had doubted him before, including his trainer Mickey, and demonstrates that one man can stand in the face of overwhelming odds.

Given the inevitable comparison between the outspoken Apollo Creed and the real-life outspoken Muhammad Ali, one interesting detail is the cameo appearance of Joe Frazier, a former world heavyweight champion who fought Ali three times and who Apollo accuses of "dodging him" prior to the start of the match with Rocky. This comparison was extended to that year's Academy Awards where Ali had a little comic scene of confronting Stallone onstage which ended amiably to make it clear that he was not offended by the film.

Other co-stars included Burt Young as Rocky's best friend Paulie and Thayer David as the fight's promoter and ringside announcer. Los Angeles television sportscaster Stu Nahan played himself. Michael Dorn, who would later play the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Worf, played an uncredited role as one of Apollo Creed's bodyguards.

Rocky won the 1976 Oscar for "Best Picture" and earned Stallone a nomination for "Best Actor." It also won Oscar awards for John G. Avildsen for best director, as well as best film editing for Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad.

The success of Rocky spawned four sequels, though none were quite as successful as the original.

The film was made on an extremely low budget of $1.1 million, and was shot in only 28 days. The American Film Institute placed Rocky at number 78 of its "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" list.

One legacy of the original movie is the theme music that was composed by Bill Conti and is often played at sporting events. Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson put "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" on the pop charts with an instrumental disco rendition from his 1977 album, Conquistador.

Another legacy of the Rocky movies is a statue of Stallone as Rocky Balboa that stands in front of Wachovia Spectrum, the arena where the first Balboa-Creed fight took place in the original movie.

The steadycam, a video camera attached to a weighted system of pulleys so that it would not shake while its operator ran, was invented for this movie, during Rocky's training run up the flights of stairs.

The Rocky video game was released in 2002 for many of the popular consoles at that time.



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. From Mel Brooks' interview (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/doubleissue/heroes/brooks.htm):. The Rocky video game was released in 2002 for many of the popular consoles at that time. The lead actors will be the same, with the exception of Will Ferrell as Franz and Uma Thurman as Ulla. The steadycam, a video camera attached to a weighted system of pulleys so that it would not shake while its operator ran, was invented for this movie, during Rocky's training run up the flights of stairs. A film based on the musical has been announced and set for a 2005 release. Another legacy of the Rocky movies is a statue of Stallone as Rocky Balboa that stands in front of Wachovia Spectrum, the arena where the first Balboa-Creed fight took place in the original movie. The Producers was nominated for the following Tony Awards in 2001:.

Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson put "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" on the pop charts with an instrumental disco rendition from his 1977 album, Conquistador.. Overall the musical is much more upbeat and ends more happily with the two producers becoming successful after being released from jail. One legacy of the original movie is the theme music that was composed by Bill Conti and is often played at sporting events. Dubois (LSD), a hippie who played Hitler in the 1968 movie, does not appear in the musical. The American Film Institute placed Rocky at number 78 of its "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" list. The character Lorenzo S. The film was made on an extremely low budget of $1.1 million, and was shot in only 28 days. Ulla has a much larger role, as does Springtime for Hitler's director Roger DeBris.

The success of Rocky spawned four sequels, though none were quite as successful as the original. Although the musical has many scenes and jokes taken directly from the film, there are still many differences. Avildsen for best director, as well as best film editing for Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad. Its first run starred Nathan Lane (who reprised that role during the show's first run on London's West End) and Matthew Broderick and won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. Rocky won the 1976 Oscar for "Best Picture" and earned Stallone a nomination for "Best Actor." It also won Oscar awards for John G. The movie was adapted as a Broadway musical by Mel Brooks in 2001. Michael Dorn, who would later play the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Worf, played an uncredited role as one of Apollo Creed's bodyguards. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Los Angeles television sportscaster Stu Nahan played himself. It won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen and was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Wilder). Other co-stars included Burt Young as Rocky's best friend Paulie and Thayer David as the fight's promoter and ringside announcer. The movie was written and directed by Mel Brooks. This comparison was extended to that year's Academy Awards where Ali had a little comic scene of confronting Stallone onstage which ended amiably to make it clear that he was not offended by the film. However, the producers end up in prison where they cast a new show amongst the prisoners. Given the inevitable comparison between the outspoken Apollo Creed and the real-life outspoken Muhammad Ali, one interesting detail is the cameo appearance of Joe Frazier, a former world heavyweight champion who fought Ali three times and who Apollo accuses of "dodging him" prior to the start of the match with Rocky. The producers see it as a final — yet futile — plan to reap their ill-gotten gains.

Rocky proves himself to all those who had doubted him before, including his trainer Mickey, and demonstrates that one man can stand in the face of overwhelming odds. He and the producers bomb the theatre to end the production. Rocky refuses to give up and fights Creed for all fifteen rounds (a feat no one had previously accomplished) only to lose on a split decision, but not before gaining instant fame worldwide. Franz Liebkind (the writer, played by Kenneth Mars), who really believed they were producing a tribute to Hitler, is insulted by the audience's laughter. In the first round, Rocky nearly knocks Creed out, but from that point on Creed takes the match seriously and the fighters beat each other bloody. Unfortunately for the con artists, the Broadway musical is misinterpreted as an over the top satire on Nazism and becomes a hit. After intense training and with a new found focus and determination, Rocky takes his thousand-to-one shot at the title, deciding that even though he probably can't win he will go the distance (compete in the maximum duration of 15 rounds) with Creed. Springtime for Hitler, a musical comedy about Adolf Hitler, is the result.

At the same time, he falls in love with his best friend's sister, Adrian (Talia Shire). They set out to purposely make a flop, so that no one will ever audit the flop's books. In the time leading up to the fight, Rocky trains with crusty, 1920s-era bantamweight fighter Mickey Goldmill, played by Burgess Meredith. Their plan is to oversell shares in a show and then go bankrupt and keep all the unspent funds. With all the deserving competitors unavailable for one reason or another, Creed comes up with the perfect bout: he will fight the local underdog "Italian Stallion" Rocky, and by doing so give him a chance at the world title. Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a failed, aging Broadway producer who meets up with accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder). It was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2001. With the nation's bicentenary coming up, the undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed searches desperately for a match worthy of the nation's birthday. The Producers is a 1968 feature length comedy film set in New York City in which two con-men attempt to cheat theatre "angels" (investors) out of their investment money.

Rocky Balboa is a dead-end, "bottom of the barrel" guy from Philadelphia who is going nowhere in life. Tony Award for Best Orchestrations WINNER. The movie was inspired by a real-life fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, as well as having parallels to Ali's two fights with George Chuvalo. Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical WINNER. Avildsen. Tony Award for Best Choreography WINNER. It tells a rags-to-riches tale about Balboa, a slightly dull-witted but good-hearted "collection agent" for a loan shark in Philadelphia with a penchant for boxing who gets a shot at the world heavyweight title in the Philadelphia Spectrum. It was written by Stallone and directed by John G. Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical WINNER.

Rocky is a motion picture released in 1976 starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed. Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical WINNER. Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical WINNER. Tony Award for Best Performace by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Cady Huffman) WINNER. Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Gary Beach) WINNER.

Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Nathan Lane) WINNER. Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Matthew Broderick). Tony Award for Best Original Score WINNER. Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical WINNER.

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