Rocky - The 1976 Oscar winner for Best Picture, John G Avildsen's Rocky is the story of a down-and-out club fighter who gets his million-to-one shot at a world championship title. In the title role, Sylvester Stallone (who also penned the screenplay) draws a carefully etched portrait of a loser who, in Brando-esque fashion, "coulda been a contender". Rocky then becomes one thanks to a publicity stunt engineered by current champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), while finding love courtesy of timid wallflower Adrian (Talia Shire) along the way. Burgess Meredith revives... the spirit of 1940's genre pictures through his scenery-chewing performance as Rocky's trainer. An enormously entertaining film, Rocky is irresistible in its depiction of an underachiever who has the courage to start all over again--a description that could have been applied to Stallone's own life at the time. --Kevin Mulhall Rocky 2 - The Italian Stallion returns for a rematch with Apollo Creed, hoping, finally, to capture the heavyweight title. This time, even his girlfriend, Adrian, gives Rocky her blessing. Sylvester Stallone wrote and directed this exciting follow-up, with Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, and Burt Young all reprising their roles from the first film. Rocky 3 - Rocky's lifestyle of wealth and idleness is suddenly shaken when a powerful fighter challenges him to a fight for the championship. After being beaten, the previously over-confident Rocky resumes his training in preparation for a re-match. Rocky 4 - A World Heavyweight Boxing contest is to be staged between the champ, Rocky Balboa and the Soviet amateur champion, Ivan Drago. Both men know that this is more than just a tough contest of strength and skill. Rocky 5 - Times are hard for Rocky Balboa. A lifetime of taking punches has terminated his boxing career and a crooked accountant has left him in financial difficulties. The Balboa family moves back to its roots in a downtown neighbourhood where an aspiring boxer turns to the champ for training... Rocky Balboa - The sixth installment of the Rocky series picks up the story of the Italian Stallion 16 years after the morose Rocky V. And sure, at his advanced age, Sylvester Stallone now looks like one of those sides of beef his character used to pound on. No matter. Somehow you buy the premise after all these years, even if it takes forever for Rocky Balboa to stop wallowing in self-pity (Adrian is dead, his old haunts are demolished) and get down to the business of drinking raw eggs and running up steps. The business at hand is an unlikely exhibition fight with champion Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver), which the near-sexagenarian Mr. Balboa has no business accepting. Of course, just as sure as the horns of Bill Conti's theme music are even now trumpeting through your head, the ol' Rock might have a punch or two left in him. Stallone wrote and directed, and there isn't much to say except that the movie steps in its pre-determined paces with a canny sense of what has come before (it's practically an homage to all the previous Rocky pictures, complete with fleeting flashbacks). Burt Young is around again, and Geraldine Hughes makes an appealing, rather chaste female companion for Rocky. Stallone's Rocky has gotten suspiciously articulate over the years, but he still knows how to slouch. If Stallone never forgets that, he can probably keep the franchise rolling. --Robert Horton [show more]
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All six movies from the popular 'Rocky' franchise. In 'Rocky' (1976), club fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has hit rock bottom. Having turned 30, his boxing career is pretty much over and he now makes a living collecting payments for a loan shark. Things start to look up when he begins dating Adrian (Talia Shire), sister of his friend Paulie (Burt Young). However, when world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) decides to take on a 'nobody' in his title fight, Rocky finds himself chosen. Encouraged by his coach, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), he begins training for the big fight - much to Adrian's disapproval. In 'Rocky 2' (1979), Rocky's life returns to normality following his battle with world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. Anxious to prove that Rocky's performance was a mere fluke, Creed offers him a big money rematch. Now unemployed and with a child on the way, Rocky has little option but to accept. In 'Rocky 3' (1982), now world champion and having enjoyed ten wins in three years, Rocky has become over-confident and complacent. He pays the price when he is humiliated in the ring by Clubber Price (Mr T), and this disaster is compounded when Rocky's trusted trainer dies. Determined to reclaim his reputation, Rocky unexpectedly turns to his old adversary Apollo Creed for help. In 'Rocky 4' (1985), Rocky heads to the Soviet Union after Russian boxer Drago (Dolph Lundgren) beats Apollo Creed to death in the ring. However, will the Italian stallion be able to vanquish a fighter whose punches can deliver a one tonne-per-square inch impact? In 'Rocky 5' (1990), robbed of his millions and brain-damaged after years in the ring, Rocky is forced to move back to his old neighbourhood. Rocky Junior (Sage Stallone) finds it difficult to adjust to these hard times, and feels further alienated when his father takes on a protege. In 'Rocky Balboa' (2006), Rocky is now a 50-something widower after the death of his beloved Adrian. His relationship with his son has also deteriorated and Rocky finds his only solace in the stories he recounts to the customers who visit his deli. However, everything is about to change as a 'what if' debate emerges as to whether current champion Mason 'The Line' Dixon (Antonio Tarver) would have been able to beat Rocky in his prime. Nobody ever suspects that the match might actually happen, given the 30-year age difference. However, when Dixon's management sets up an exhibition fight, the gauntlet is well and truly thrown down and an enthusiastic Rocky grasps it with both hands.
The entire story of Rocky Balboa one of the greatest cinematic heroes of all time is included in this limited edition collection Rocky (Dir John G Avildsen 1976) Rocky Balboa is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere But when a stroke of fate puts him in the ring with the World Heavyweight Champion Rocky knows that it&39;s his one shot at the big time - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner Rocky II (Dir Sylvester Stallone 1979) It&39;s the rematch of the century as Rocky Balboa takes on Apollo Creed in this powerful follow-up to one of the most acclaimed movies in film history After club fighter Rocky Balboa (Stallone) goes the distance with heavyweight champ Apollo Creed (Weathers) boxing fans clamour for a rematch But Rocky having sustained massive injuries in the bout announces his retirement He concentrates on his relationship with Adrian (Shire) marrying her and attempting to settle into the routine of family life But as Rocky tries to make a new start for himself he realizes that he can&39;t escape his true calling The ring beckons once more and the "Italian Stallion" must prepare for the fight of his life Rocky III (Dir Sylvester Stallone 1982) As Rocky Balboa (Stallone) fights his way into the hearts of millions life couldn&39;t be better He scores ten consecutive wins lands lucrative endorsement contracts and becomes famous throughout the world But when Clubber Lang KO&39;s Rocky in a humiliating defeat it becomes apparent that the "Italian Stallion" has lost his edge Considering hanging up his gloves Rocky receives encouragement from an unlikely ally his old nemesis Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) With Creed&39;s help Rocky strives to regain the "eye of the tiger" before confronting Lang in a gruelling rematch for the world heavyweight championship Rocky IV (Dir Sylvester Stallone 1985) When Rocky&39;s old friend Apollo Creed is killed during a fight with a super-fit Russian boxer Ivan Drago Rocky blames himself for the death when he could have thrown in the towel before the crucial moment Fuelled by the Russian&39;s arrogance Rocky arranges a fight with the new champion only this time on Christmas Day in Russia Rocky V (Dir John G Avildsen 1990) Upon returning home from his latest triumph Rocky (Stallone) learns that all of his money has been lost by an unscrupulous financial advisor To make matters worse his fight related injuries force his retirement from the ring So Rocky his wife Adrian (Talia Shire) and his son Rocky Jr (Sage Stallone) move to their old low-rent neighbourhood in South Philadelphia There the fighter must resolve the deep-rooted resentment held by his son a bitterness that grows when Rocky trains Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison) a young boxer who soon rises to national prominence When Tommy turns against his mentor and publicity taunts him Rocky knows despite the fatal danger to his health he must fight once more Rocky Balboa (Dir Sylvester Stallone 2006) When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) reigning heavyweight title holder Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver) retaliates by challenging the Italian Stallion to a nationally televised 10-round exhibition bout To the surprise of his son (Milo Ventimiglia TV&39;s Heroes) and friends Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who&39;s faster stronger and thirty years his junior With the odds stacked firmly against him Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history a hard-hitting action-packed battle of the ages!