Many of us have loved the Rocky Movies. These inspirational movies starring Sylvestor Stallone tell the story of an underdog who ultimately makes it to the top. The movies tell of his ups and down but ultimately how this champion bounces back. Here’s a brief history of these movies.

The original Rocky movie came out in 1976 and starred Sylvestor Stallone who also wrote the screenplay. It was produced for under $1 million and became a sleeper hit with worldwide revenues of $225 million.

The movie became the highest grossing film of 1976. That year it won three Oscars including one for Best Picture. It also received critical praise from the media and launched Stallone into a major star.

The original Rocky movie tells the story of Rocky Balboa who is an uneducated but kind hearted debt collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Through a stroke of luck, Rocky found himself as having a shot at the world heavyweight championships when the scheduled contender broke his hand.

The movie’s cast also includes Talia Shire as Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian’s brother and Rocky’s friend Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky’s trainer Mickey Goldmill, and finally Carl Weathers as the current champion Apollo Creed.

It is not generally known but due to the low budget of this film, a number of Stallone’s family members played minor roles. Stallone’s father played the person who rung the bell to signal the start and end of a round; his brother Frank played a street corner singer, and his first wife Sasha served as the set photographer. Read the rest of this entry »

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