Throughout cinema history, few movies have been able to inspire a generation the way that Rocky did when it hit theaters in 1976. Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the film tells the rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted working-class boxer from the slums of Philadelphia who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship.
The film’s budget was just over $1 million, but it went on to earn $225 million globally. It was critically acclaimed and received ten Academy Award nominations, winning three, including Best Picture and in 2006, Rocky was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Why is Rocky so “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant?” And how is it that a movie that had no business being as successful as it was, spawn not only one or two sequels, but seven, each of which was actually good? That’s the topic of discussion on this week’s episode. Listen as Val, Tracy, and Jake break down the Rocky franchise starting with the original all the way through to Creed II.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!
– Rocky Balboa
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