|Directed by||John G. Avildsen|
|Produced by||Robert Chartoff
|Written by||Sylvester Stallone|
|Music by||Bill Conti|
|Editing by||Richard Halsey
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date(s)||November 21, 1976(New York City premiere)
December 3, 1976 (US)
|Running time||119 minutes|
The movie was made on a budget of less than $1 million. It was shot in 28 days. Many people liked the movie. It turned Stallone into a major star.
- Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, an enforcer for a loan shark by day and a semi-pro boxer by night. He is given the chance at the heavyweight title.
- Talia Shire as Adrian Pennino, Rocky's love interest; a quiet pet store clerk who falls in love with Rocky and supports him through his training.
- Burt Young as Paulie Pennino, Adrian's brother; a meat-packing plant worker by trade, Paulie lets Rocky train in the freezer.
- Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, Rocky's opponent and heavyweight champion. The character was based on real-life boxing great Muhammad Ali.
- Burgess Meredith as Mickey Goldmill: Rocky's manager and trainer, a former bantamweight fighter from the 1920s and the owner of the local boxing gym.
- Thayer David as George Jergens: the fight promoter who has "promoted fights all over the world".
- Joe Spinnell as Tony Gazzo, loan shark and Rocky's employer.
Rocky received ten Academy Awards nominations in nine categories, winning three:
|Best Picture||Won||Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler|
|Best Director||Won||John G. Avildsen|
|Best Actor||Nominated||Sylvester Stallone|
|Best Actress||Nominated||Talia Shire|
|Best Original Screenplay||Nominated||Sylvester Stallone|
|Best Supporting Actor||Nominated||Burgess Meredith|
|Best Supporting Actor||Nominated||Burt Young|
|Best Film Editing||Won||Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad|
|Best Music (Original Song) for Gonna Fly Now||Nominated||Bill Conti
|Best Sound Mixing||Nominated||Harry Warren Tetrick (posthumous)
Lyle J. Burbridge
The Directors Guild of America awarded Rocky its annual award for best movie of the year. It was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America Award selected it as the 78th best screenplay of all time.
- Rocky II (1979)
- Rocky III (1982)
- Rocky IV (1985)
- Rocky V (1990)
- Rocky Balboa (2006)
- Creed (2015)
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