The Rocky Movie Series happens to be one of our own favorites. A simple as it was the movie had a plot that immediatley was a crowd hit. Rocky Balboa(Sylvester Stallone) is a small-time boxer and debt collector for local loan shark in Philadelphia. When the opponent of undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is injured, Creed decides to give a
local underdog a shot at the title. Because he likes Rocky’s nickname, “The Italian Stallion“, he selects the unknown fighter. To prepare for the fight Rocky trains with an ex-bantamweight fighter and gym owner, Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith). Rocky’s good friend Paulie (Burt Young), a meat-packing-plant worker, lets him practice on the carcasses hanging in the freezers. While preparing for the fight, Rocky falls in love with Paulie’s shy sister, Adrian (Talia Shire). One of the many known quotes from the movie is when Rocky confides to Adrian that all he wants is to last 15 rounds against Apollo, which would mean he “… wasn’t just another bum from the neighborhood”. The match ends with a split decision for Apollo and Rocky ends up with a proposal to Adrian.
The original Rocky Movie was made on a budget of less than $1 million and in 28 days. The movie grossed over $225 million and won three Oscars including the best picture award.