in 1976 Sylvester Stallone created and performed for the first time the striving Rocky Balboain the film that would become a classic and give way to a film series.
That saga now arrives on Netflix, starting Friday, October 23, with its eight movieswhich we review here, from its beginnings in the 70s to his days as Adonis Creed’s mentor.
Although he had been acting for a few years, with secondary roles in series and movies, the story of Rocky Balboa would give a complete turn to the professional life of Sylvester Stalloneboth in his role as an actor and as a screenwriter.
A story marked by self-improvement and perseverance set in Philadelphia, the hometown of young working-class Italian-American Robert “Rocky” Balboa, who practice boxing in an amateur waywhile collecting the debts of a usurer.
But everything can get better when you have the opportunity to face the world champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Instance for which he will prepare with the veteran former boxer and trainer Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith).
And as Rocky gets into shape for the big fight, running through the streets and beating meat at the slaughterhouse, he strikes up an affair with Adrianna “Adrian” Pennino (Talia Shire), a girl from his neighborhood who works part-time at the grocery store. of animals.
This sports drama had 10 Oscar nominationsfinally obtaining three, among them that of Best film.
Rocky II, the revenge (1979)
But since there is no first without a second, two years after the original film Stallone wrote the script for its sequel, which he also directed.
This begins immediately after the previous tape, after Balboa faced Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). And although the latter defended his title, the fight served to confirm the talent in the ring of the young Italian-American.
Nevertheless, Rocky is determined to leave professional boxingmore after being told that a retinal detachment could leave him blind.
Now she will have time for a new life with Adrian (Talia Shire), whom she marries in an intimate ceremony. But Creed becomes obsessed with the idea of a new fight with Balboaafter he is accused of fixing the New Year’s match in his favor.
After initially refusing a new confrontation, the lack of money will force Rocky to climb back into the ring and he must prepare with Mickey (Burgess Meredith) and his brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young) to confront Creed.
Rocky III (1982)
After keeping his championship title intact, Balboa enjoys being one of Philadelphia’s celebrities; something that is reflected in the statue in his honor that will be erected in front of the city’s Art Museum, the same one with the stairs that he climbed in his first film.
But in the middle of the ceremony in which said statue is unveiled, James “Clubber” Lang (Mr. T), a young boxing promise who accuses him of having kept his world title by fighting opponents inferior to him and challenges him to fight for the championship.
Things get even worse on the day of the match, when Mickey (Burgess Meredith) suffers a heart attack and a distracted Rocky is gunned down by Clubber. Without his friend and trainer, in addition to the boxing title, the former champion finds himself adrift.
However, help comes from those who least expect it: Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who offers to train him to once again face Lang. A fight that will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York, after an arduous season of preparation.
Listen to his main song: the famous eye of the tigerfrom Survivor.
Rocky IV (1985)
One of the classic antagonists of cinema sports dramas makes his appearance in this film of the saga, which is set in the middle of the Cold War. his name is Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), Soviet boxer visiting the United States.
Accompanied by his wife, the swimmer Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen), Drago arrives ready to demonstrate his superiority as a boxer and athlete, accepting Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) challenge to star in an exhibition match in Las Vegas.
Balboa reluctantly agrees to train his friend Apollo for the meeting, which takes place at the MGM Grand Hotel, preceded by a james brown show. But the spectacle turns to tragedy after Drago takes down the former champion.
Determined to honor Creed’s name, Rocky, against the advice of his concerned wife, agrees to fight Drago in the Soviet Union, in a clearly planned showdown for the latter to emerge victorious after an unusual 15 rounds.
Stallone recently announced that in November, for the 35th anniversary of his debut, he will release a Director’s Cut of it.
Rocky V (1990)
The American filmmaker John G. Avildsen, director of the Rocky original, he teamed up again with Stallone to bring to life this fifth installment of the boxer’s saga, which begins when the veteran athlete suffers the physical consequences of the fight with Drago.
But things get even worse when a bad deal done by his brother-in-law at the behest of his own accountant causes Rocky to lose his home and be forced to return with his wife and son to the working-class neighborhood where he grew up.
In addition, due to a neurological disease triggered by the blows, should retire from boxing and not accept a fight whose money could have solved something of their financial problems. However, a ray of hope crosses his path.
One that appears when he visits the old gym of his missing trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith) and realizes that his destiny is to become a trainer; then focusing on the training of the young promise of the ring Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison).
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Three decades after Rocky Balboa will star in his first film, his creator and interpreter, Sylvester Stallone, decided that he should return to his story and give it a better closure, after Rocky V It will not be a good culmination for it on screen.
Thus, in the sixth film, the former boxer continues to live in Philadelphia, where he owns the Italian restaurant Adrian’s, which he named in this way in memory of his late wife, who died a few years ago suffering from cancer.
Who continues to be his support is his brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young), since the relationship with his son Robert (Milo Ventimiglia) is increasingly difficult. However, the reappearance of Marie (Geraldine Hughes), whom she met 30 years ago, gives her life a new lease of life.
But his love for boxing remains intact and a computer simulation of a fight, where a young Rocky defeats champion Mason “The Line” Dixon (Antonio Tarver), leads him to resume training with a view to once again getting into a ring. .
Creed: Heart of a Champion (2015)
Ryan Coogler, the same director of Black Pantherhad the mission of making the film that brought Rocky Balboa back to the screen in the middle of the previous decade, but no longer as the axis of the plot, but as trainer of its young protagonista.
The latter is Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, born from an extramarital relationship of the boxer, but who was adopted by his widow, Mary Ann (Phylicia Rashad), when he was a young man.
Donnie’s dream is to become a professional boxer like his father, but it won’t be that easy, as his adoptive mother refuses to allow him to have the same fate as Apollo and he is also not accepted into a prestigious boxing academy in Los Angeles.
For this reason, he decides to travel to Philadelphia to ask for help from his father’s friend, Rocky Balboa, who initially refuses to train him, but eventually becomes his mentor.
Thanks to his performance in this applauded chapter of the saga, Stallone won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar..
In this movie not only Stallone and Jordan return, as Balboa and his protégé Donniebut also one of the figures that became a reference in the history of Rocky and sports dramas: Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
But before his appearance, the plot of the film reveals what has happened since the young boxer narrowly lost the final fight of the original Creed; when he continued to demonstrate his power with his fists and became the WBC lightweight champion.
This is where the veteran Russian athlete shows up to challenge the son of apollo creed to a fight with his own scion: Viktor (Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu). However, when Donnie asks Rocky for help in meeting this challenge, the latter refuses.
This leads Donnie to definitely return to Los Angeles, where he settles with his girlfriend, Bianca (Tessa Thompson), and later clashes with the violent Viktor. He fights where the latter will be disqualified, but will manage to consolidate his fame in Russia.
And although the reviews for this film were not as good as those of its predecessor, it was a success at the box office and a third part has already been confirmed.
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All the Rocky Balboa movies are already on Netflix
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