Rocky Gift Set

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Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone, a Philadelphia boxer, is but one step removed from total bum-hood. A once-promising pugilist, Rocky is now taking nickel-and-dime bouts and running strongarm errands for local loan sharks to survive. Even his supportive trainer, Mickey Burgess Meredith, has given up on Rocky. All this changes thanks to Muhammad Ali-like super-boxer Apollo Creed Carl Weathers. With the Bicentennial celebration coming up, Creed must find a "Cinderella" opponent for the big July 4th bout -- some ...
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Overview

Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone, a Philadelphia boxer, is but one step removed from total bum-hood. A once-promising pugilist, Rocky is now taking nickel-and-dime bouts and running strongarm errands for local loan sharks to survive. Even his supportive trainer, Mickey Burgess Meredith, has given up on Rocky. All this changes thanks to Muhammad Ali-like super-boxer Apollo Creed Carl Weathers. With the Bicentennial celebration coming up, Creed must find a "Cinderella" opponent for the big July 4th bout -- some unknown whom Creed can "glorify" for a few minutes before knocking him cold. Rocky Balboa was not the only Cinderella involved here: writer/director Sylvester Stallone, himself a virtual unknown, managed to sell his Rocky script one of 35 that he'd written over the years on the proviso that he be given the starring role. Since the film was to be made on a shoestring and marketed on a low-level basis, the risk factor to United Artists was small. For Stallone, this was a make-or-break opportunity -- just like Rocky's million-to-one shot with Apollo Creed. Costing under a million dollars, Rocky managed to register with audiences everywhere, earning back 60 times its cost. The film won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Weary of playing dimwitted thugs, realtively anonymous character actor Sylvester Stallone wrote himself a starring vehicle in 1976, got it produced on a shoestring budget and, much like the character he crafted, found himself quite unexpectedly atop the world. The Rocky series, five films shot over a 14-year span, is a contemporary saga of nearly Homeric proportions, chronicling both the triumphs and the tragedies of its warm-hearted, indomitable protagonist. The first film introduces Stallone as Rocky Balboa, a two-bit Philadelphia boxer who longs for a title shot and trains relentlessly while working as a collector for loan sharks -- and wooing the local girl, Adrian Talia Shire. Burgess Meredith shines as Paulie, Rocky's grizzled trainer, and former football player Carl Weathers rounds out the cast as cocky champ Apollo Creed. Director John G. Avildsen The Karate Kid handles clich├ęd characters and situations adroitly, crafting them into the archetypal underdog film of our time; it's easy to see, 25 years later, why both he and the film won Oscars. The 1979 follow-up, the best of the sequels, reunites the major cast members and pits an uncertain Rocky -- grappling with sudden success -- against Apollo once again. Rocky III 1982 finds the champ matched against tough-talking Mr. T while coping with the demands of fatherhood. Rocky IV 1985 finds Rocky standing tall for America in the midst of the Cold War, heading to Moscow to vanquish the brutal Russian fighting machine Dolph Lundgren who has beaten Apollo to death in an exhibition fight. The series' final entry, Rocky V 1990, shows a deeply troubled, brain-damaged champ, financially strapped by bad investments and estranged from his adolescent son, returning to the ring for one last, potentially fatal bout. The sequels never enjoyed the first film's critical success, but they continue to delight viewers who love to root for the underdog. The handsomely packaged Anthology collects all five Rocky movies and includes a special edition of the Oscar-winning first film, which features commentaries by Stallone, Avildsen, and other cast members, as well as other bonus material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • UPC: 027616860316
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  • Source: MGM (VIDEO & DVD)
  • Format: VHS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Rocky Rates #1

    All Five Rocky movies, I give a two thumbs up on. The movies tell a great story of a boxer ''Rocky Balboa'' and how he boxed with is heart and never gave up on his dream of being the World Champion boxer. I enjoyed all five movies the story line is great!!! The characters are unforgettable.

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