Rocky Gift Set

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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,...
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Overview

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 de rigueur training sequence. In the end, Balboa faces off against Lang for a second time. "Eye of the Tiger," the theme song Stallone commissioned from the band Survivor, became a huge hit single. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide
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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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