Release Year: 1982
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton, Mr. T, Hulk Hogan, Ian Fried, Al Silvani
Rating: Nominated for 1 Oscar: Best Original Song for “Eye of the Tiger”. Nominated for 1 Golden Globe: Best Original Song for “Eye of the Tiger”.
After being World Champion for a while, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself falling into a hole when a new contender challenges him. Rocky is forced to pull himself up to regain his selt-esteem and defend his title with some help from an old enemy.
This second sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s classic Rocky (1978) continues the story of our prize fighting champion Rocky Balboa. Now a husband and father, as well as a successful boxer, Rocky rests a bit too much on his laurels and finds himself surprised by how unprepared he is for a real challenger to his title. This new, rather aggresive and unlikable, challenger is Chubber Lang, played by Mr. T, who is a formidable foe in terms of the physical, but not as interesting a character as the previous arch-nemesis Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who steps in as a mentor in this one. The film has some funny moments, good training sequences, a good final show-down and some good moments between Rocky and Creed, as well some touching scenes with Rocky’s ageing coach Mickey, played by the great Burgess Meredith (Of Mice and Men, 1939). Rocky III shows that the series still has steam enough to entertain, but it does not has quite as much heart as the first two. On the other hand it has one of the most iconic theme songs in movie history: Eye of the Tiger! Recommended.
The film was Mr. T’s film début. He took is mother to the premiere of the film. When they reached the scene in which his character yells lurid remarks at Rocky’s wife, his mother turned to him saying “I did not raise you to talk to a lady like that” and walked out of the theatre.
Picture Copyright: MGM