Rocky - 1976

An inspiring sports movie

An entertaining and inspiring motion picture to get you back into the exercise groove or spur you into fitness action.

rected by John G. Avildsen

Stars:Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

Rocky in a nutshell: Small-time Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. With five movies in the franchise, it’s impossible to ignore the clichéd Rocky series as inspirational works – especially when Stallone climbs into the ring as the ‘Italian Stallion’ to work boxing miracle after boxing miracle.

Why Rocky is inspirational: The first movie is arguably the best and is famous for its Bill-Conti-scored run through the streets of Philadelphia. Watching a triumphant Rocky climb all the steps at the end of the run should be more than enough to get you going! Also, if you get hold of other movies in the series, check out some of the training scenes in Rocky IV (1985). The scenes in Siberia – in which Rocky runs in thick snow, climbs mountains, does sit-ups on suspended wooden beams and drags ox-carts – should make you feel inspired enough to tackle anything!

Fact about Rocky:The fight scenes at the end of Rocky were filmed in reverse order, starting with the fifteenth round and Stallone and Carl Weathers in heavy make-up. As filming continued, the make-up was slowly removed until they were at round one and looking untouched.

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