Director: John G. Avildsen Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David, Joe Spinell, Jimmy Gambina, Bill Baldwin, Al Silvani, George Memmoli, Jodi Letizia, Diana Lewis, George O’Hanlon, Larry Carroll
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (John G. Avildsen); Best Film Editing
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Sylvester Stallone); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Talia Shire); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Burgess Meredith); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Burt Young); Best Original Screenplay (Sylvester Stallone); Best Sound; Best Original Song (Bill Conti, Carol Connors, & Ayn Robbins for “Gonna Fly Now”)
I First Saw In: 2010
Synopsis: Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Did You Know? With six as of 2015, Rocky has more sequels than any other Oscar Best Picture winner.
Quotables: MICKEY: You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!
And now a Word from the Guise:
Normally I’m not much for sports movies, but I do have a soft spot for Rocky. Stallone gives a monumental performance with a monumental script that he penned himself. Meredith Burgess and Talia Shire are both outstanding. Rocky’s workout montage and theme make me want to run up to the top of some stairs and raise my fists in triumph. (Naturally, I won’t. I’ll maintain my sedentary lifestyle instead.)
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233