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1976 US boxing film directed by John Avildsen

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama movie. It was written by, and starred, Sylvester Stallone. The movie is about a man living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who is trying to become a great boxer.

Directed byJohn G. Avildsen
Produced byRobert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Written bySylvester Stallone
StarringSylvester Stallone
Burgess Meredith
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Carl Weathers
Music byBill Conti
CinematographyJames Crabe
Edited byRichard Halsey
Scott Conrad
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 21, 1976 (1976-11-21) (New York City premiere)
  • December 3, 1976 (1976-12-03) (US)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million
Box office$225,000,000[1]

It won three Academy Awards and was ranked #78 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list. It was followed by 5 sequels, the most recent came out in 2006.

The movie was made on a budget of less than $1 million.[2][3] It was shot in 28 days. Many people liked the movie. It turned Stallone into a major star.[4]

Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
  United States 3 December 1976
  Brazil 7 January 1977
  Greece 6 February 1977
  Australia 17 March 1977
  Denmark 25 March 1977
  France 25 March 1977
  Italy 25 March 1977
  West Germany 1 April 1977
  Uruguay 2 April 1977
  Netherlands 7 April 1977
  Japan 16 April 1977
  United Kingdom 21 April 1977
  Sweden 25 April 1977
  Ireland 29 April 1977
  Colombia 4 May 1977
  Mexico 5 May 1977
  Norway 10 May 1977
  Hong Kong 19 May 1977
  Spain 23 May 1977
  South Korea 11 June 1977
  Argentina 23 June 1977
  Soviet Union August 1977
  Finland 12 August 1977
  Portugal 10 November 1977
  Poland 8 December 1978
  Hungary 28 December 1978
  Turkey September 1982


The statue, just northeast of the steps Rocky runs up in the movie.
  • Sylvester Stallone as Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr., an enforcer for a loan shark by day and a semi-pro boxer by night. He is given the chance at the heavyweight title.
  • Talia Shire as Adrian Pennino, Rocky's love interest; a quiet pet store clerk who falls in love with Rocky and supports him through his training.
  • Burt Young as Paulie Pennino, Adrian's brother; a meat-packing plant worker by trade, Paulie lets Rocky train in the freezer.
  • Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, Rocky's opponent and heavyweight champion. The character was based on real-life boxing great Muhammad Ali.[5]
  • Burgess Meredith as Mickey Goldmill: Rocky's manager and trainer, a former bantamweight fighter from the 1920s and the owner of the local boxing gym.
  • Thayer David as George Jergens: the fight promoter who has "promoted fights all over the world".
  • Joe Spinnell as Tony Gazzo, loan shark and Rocky's employer.

Boxer Joe Frazier has a cameo appearance in the movie. Due to the movie's low budget, members of Stallone's family played minor roles. Michael Dorn made his acting debut as Creed's bodyguard.[6]




  1. "Movie Rocky – Box Office Data, News, Cast Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  2. "'Rocky'". The New York Times. November 1, 1976. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  3. Nashawaty, Chris (February 19, 2002). "The Right Hook". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  4. "Inside the Actors Studio with Sylvester Stallone". Retrieved 28 September 2006.
  5. "Cast and Crew bios for Rocky". Retrieved 15 November 2006.
  6. "Star Trek Database - Dorn, Michael". Star Trek Database. CBS Entertainment. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  7. "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  8. "The 101 Best Screenplays by [[Writers Guild of America, West]]". Retrieved 2006-08-24. URL–wikilink conflict (help)

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