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.
Before the start of the second bout between Rocky and Clubber Lang, Rocky's weight is given as 191 pounds. This would have meant Rocky would be classified as a cruiser-weight, rather than a heavyweight. This would not preclude him from challenging for the heavyweight title however. The original limit was 190 pounds; raised to 200 pounds in 2003. That makes him a heavyweight. See more »
Just after the rematch has started in one shot you see in the background Apollo is on the left and Paulie is on the right, then in the next when Apollo says, "He looks fantastic," Apollo is on the right and Paule is on the left. See more »
I said why you doin' this?
Because you can't win, Rock! This guy will kill you to death inside of three rounds!
What else is new?
He's just another fighter.
No, he ain't just another fighter! This guy is a wrecking machine! And he's hungry! Hell, you ain't been hungry since you won that belt.
What are you talkin' about? I had ten title defenses.
That was easy.
What you mean, "easy"?
They was hand-picked!
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At the end of the credits there is the following statement: 'This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver'. See more »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
Another film worthy of a Frank Stallone sound track, Rocky 3 has been one of the biggest box office turn outs in history. Not only did every Italian American run out to see this film when it was in the theaters but it made the song "Eye of the Tiger" a national hit. Rocky 3 was also a debut film for MR. T. An excellent performance as one of the best villains in movie history. This one is not only written by Sly....it is also directed by him as well. Check it out.
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