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As with any trilogy the third film has to take a different direction and a fresh approach in the way that the characters evolve and grow. The previous two films in the Rocky saga dealt with Balboa becoming the champion against all odds and now he is the champion the film can open up the scope for telling a story about the man and his family. It clearly shows how his life has changed; a different style has been introduced that shows his elevated status. Rocky III takes the direction is a massive change in both the lives of the characters and the way in which the story unfolds.
Released back in 1982, the film begins with Rocky Balboa being the champion of the world, the opening montages show just how his life has changed since the defeat of Apollo Creed at the end of Rocky II and interestingly uses footage of Stallone in The Muppet Show and other guest appearances. The end scenes from the previous film are shown to allow a level of continuity to be held and the montage that covers the stories and the years between the second and third films show Rocky defending his title. However when a new face appears on the scene in the form of Clubber Lang then things begin to go wrong for Balboa, in what he thought would be a fight that he would win Balboa is floored by the awesome brute strength of Lang an loses the title. Balboa it seems has become complacent and the loss of the thing that he has strived to keep has become a major wake up call.
Stallone as Balboa looks a lot fitter in the role as Balboa, a lot lighter and less heavy than before. Although he is muscly in stature, the improvement in how he looks is easily noticeable when compared to Rocky II. Obviously the style of the early eighties gets incorporated into the film, with the sharp suits and volumised hair reflecting the era that I wish time would forget. With the sheer scale of grief that Balboa has to deal with in the first hour concerning his fight with Lang, the circumstances has Stallone play Balboa in a totally different manner than before and we get Stallone acting his socks off in some scenes with a high level of emotion to the extent that he is literally screaming in the pain of the grief that he is experiencing and is something that hasn't really been seen before. The scenes in question are powerful in nature as well as moving and somber, this is a key part to the story.and it isn't a nice thing to see as this got to me when I was watching it on a train as I had tears running down my face!!! With Rocky now on his plateau he has come to a dead end and knows that doing nothing is not an option, trouble is that he just doesn't know what to do.
The opponent of Clubber Lang is played by Mr T. This is total departure from his A Team appearances and the character he plays is brutal as well as far more focussed than Balboa. Mr T plays the character full on and throughout manages to verbally spar Balboa on all accounts. Watching this film you do realise that Mr T can act, rather than project some catchphrases as BA Baracus. His appearance is well built and bulky with the trademark Mohican present as well. Its also interesting to note that Mr T gets to fight Balboa twice in this film too, the way he is introduced to the audience is quite clever as you see brief shots of him sizing up Balboa for a future fight. If anything he looks the part of a boxer completely and proves he has the mouth of a boxer as well in the rather un-polite and uncouth way that he first meets Balboa.
Backing up the cast are Talia Shire as Rocky's wife Adrian. She is the force of reality and is determined to see Rocky do the right thing. It does seem that she does the same thing in every film and yet the way her part is used is slightly different each time. Apollo Creed was the opponent that Rocky beat to win the title in Rocky II, here he has cleverly been bought in as a plot device to rejuvenate The Italian Stallion, he obviously knows what its like to be on the receiving end and knows that his chance has passed so he steps in to effectively re-program Rocky in a different way of fighting.
Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed is good investment in this film. By the end he is the one person that Rocky knows he can turn too. The media write Balboa off at the first instance and this is used by Creed who says the Balboa "still owes him a favour". Weathers falls into the mentoring role in the film and teaches Rocky some new tricks.
Lastly Burgess Meredith, playing Mickey he has seen Rocky win and in this film sees Rocky lose the title. From the early part of the film you know Mickey isn't a well man and the problem grow with alarming consequences when Rocky is about to fight Lang. Burgess was the lynchpin in the film for Rocky and the relationship here is played to the full, allowing both himself and Stallone to give it everything. Oh and I have to mention Hulk Hogan as well!! He plays a complete over the top wrestler called Thunderlips, a character that Rocky takes on as part of a charity event in the early part of the film....Wrestler vs Boxer. It is a departure and a breather to see something like this; however it turns into a calamity by the end and is the much needed comic relief part of the film. Although there are sprinkles of humour spread out in the dialogue, which has been kept short and sharp in parts and manages to enhance the pace of the script in parts.
It's always a case that the films can be remembered for the training sequences, well here there are two and the first is the lacklustre one that Rocky is giving open sessions to the press and this completely backfires, you realise that he was never going to retain the title. However about 35 minutes later and you see a different one again, this time Balboa being rejuvenated and running in complete slo-mo against Creed on the beach. After the obligatory showdown with Adrian we have Balboa and Creed working together. This is full eighties slo-mo with an additional hint unintentional homo-erotic friendship added in as well. I do think its necessary to have this to show Rocky pushing himself to the limits completely and break out of the comfort zone on all accounts. It does work in the film, but watched as a stand alone scene on You Tube the training sequence does look a little strange without the back story to it.
I enjoyed this film as it's a rollercoaster of emotions, from joy to immense grief in one ride over the course of the film. You do get a lot of boxing for your money, including the flashback to Rocky II there are four fights in total shown, the issues here is that the stuff in-between these have to slow the story down as such to allow the audience to keep pace with what is happening on-screen. That's not a problem really considering what has taken place affects everyone involved anyway, however it's the depth that the scenes go to that makes the difference to the story entirely. In retrospect something along the lines of what happens in Rocky III had to take place as this is the film that brings the characters back down to Earth in quite a major way and makes the lead character realise that he is only human in what he does and doesn'y necessarily like what he has become, however if this happens to a boxer in real life I suspect the last thing on his mind would be attempting to get the title back as I would be looking elsewhere for work straight away. Bottom line is that Balboa has to get that drive back or as Creed tells him The Eye of the Tiger! The film itself ticks all the boxes in terms of entertainment and its only when you realise that the film is 100 minutes in length that the time has passed very quickly and seems a lot shorter than what it actually is, I think this is credit to the writer of the film, who just happens to be the lead star as well!
Extras wise, this is a total disqualification! None. Okay this is where I could say that the opening sequences depicted by the legendary song Eye of the Tiger by Survivor could have been backed up by the shots shown being included as extras in their own right, for example The Muppet Show or Stallone receiving his Oscar. Nope, absolutely nothing at all, but hen again this is UMD and so the picture quality will be superb and totally watchable on your PSP. Unfortunately the extras department will be sparse. Also the sound is good as well and the impact of the punches have that definite thump to them.
For those who haven't seen it and I am sure there are a few, I am not going to spoil the ending, but I am sure you can guess the outcome anyway as it quite predictable in nature as to what will happen and applies to the formula. One thing that I thought was a little wrong was watching the fights take place was that in some places you can see various boxing gloves not making impact and yet the sound of the impact is heard. Okay this doesn't happen much, but is easily noticeable. The film was a pivot point in the series as this was followed by Rocky going to Moscow to fight Ivan Drago, watching how the film ended may have been a good time to stop as from here on the story of Rocky Balboa doesn't improve with the gloom of Rocky V and the twee rounding off of the story in Rocky Balboa, the sixth film.
What I liked about Rocky III is a man who is essentially lost finds out who exactly his friends are and come round him at his time of need and get him back to where he believes he should be.
Rocky III starts off with a recap of the second film when Rocky finally becomes champion of the world and the movie moves on to show that he is at the height of his success. However, there is a new no.1 challenger named Clubber Lang (played by Mr.T) that is out to grab that title from Rocky. When they do fight, Rocky loses and in the process, his trainer, Mickey, dies, leaving Rocky in despair and he loses his hunger to carry on. However, his old nemesis, Apollo Creed, comes back to help him win back the title from Lang.
This is an enjoyable sequel, however, it lacks the drama and class of the first two films.
This is more of a typical, direct action film.
Mr. T is great as Clubber and is an intimidating character. He is a worthwhile adversary for Rocky.
Burgess Meredith is great as always, as Mickey, his passing is emotional to the viewer and is a character that is sorely missed in the fourth film.
Stallone is also great as Rocky and his character shows emotions that wasn't present in the first two films.
Eventually, Rocky and Apollo become friends during the course of the film and, even though this is a little unbelievable, the film is good at showing how that friendship develops.
The boxing scenes are great but without trying to spoil the conclusion, and how it happens, I wish we had seen more of them and because of this, it lacks the drama of the first two film's fight scenes.
Nevertheless, they are breathtaking for the time that they are present.
This is a really good sequel in the series and if you have watched the first two films, this one is well worth seeing.
Rocky III is the third film in the rocky franchise and stars Mr.T as Clubber Lang and in this film, life starts to impinge on hollywood.
Rocky III starts with Rocky deciding to retire after his tenth defence of the world heavyweight championship. Announcing his retirement at the unfurling of a statue of him and all the kids dancing around at the top of the museum of Art when he is challenged by a brash young heavyweight called Clubber Lang. Insults are hurled and Rocky decides he will have one more fight and take on the brash upstart.
Clubber Lang is played by Mr.T and is bigger, stronger and younger than Rocky and has no respect for any of the old heavyweights who he believes is blocking his way to the top of the boxinfg tree. He's abrasive unpleasant and loud and is incredibly confident. Rocky is now well off, lives in a nice house well away from his philadelphia east side beginnings and appears on adverts for credit cards.
Rocky is the persona of the successful businessman with the brand Rocky taking off away from the Rocky the fighter, he fights wrestler Terry Bolea played by Hulk Hogan. Rocky thinks the fight will be just a bit of pantomine tosh but is thrown out of the ring and beaten up by the wrestler. At the end, Rocky fights back and the fight ends, Terry comes up to him at the end and shakes his hand and says "its just a show".
n.b. they say that Terry is 7 foot tall but in reality Hulk Hogan is about 6 3", this is the constant problem that Sylvester Stallone isn't as tall as he'd wish as a heavyweight.
Clubber soon insults Adrian Rocky's wife and they are set for a fight at the Philadelphia spectrum. The preparation for the fight is a huge contrast away from the tough hard philadelphia slugger in the first two films, now the training is almost a circus in a posh hotel with plenty of chances to spare with the world champion. Mickey the trainer constantly looses it with Rocky and keeps telling him that Clubber lang is a killer.
Onto the fight, just before the fight Clubber and Rocky meet as they are entering the arena and Clubber pushes mickey out of the way. Mickey has a heart attack and Rocky goes into the fight worrying about trainer. The fight starts with Rocky beating Clubber but once Clubber hits him a couple of times the fight is almost over and in the second round Clubber knocks him out.
The film then moves along in both predictable and different ways. Firstly Mickey dies and Rocky struggles to find out what to do with his life until salvation comes from his old foe Apollo Creed.
Its at this point in the film that the film moves away from fairly predicatable fare of a younger more aggressive figher beating an older more established champion. Apollo in the first two films is the villain but never disrespectful to Rocky or his family and disliking the new champion Clubber Lang offers to hep Rocky train so he can beat Clubber.
How does he beat the younger fitter man? Well watch and find out.
This film doesn't have the huge long fight at the end of the film as the first two films has but instead has two short two/three round fights and a short compilation showing rocky winning his ten defences. Mr.T steals the film with his antagonism and unpleasant, it was this role which helped him win the role of BA Baracus in the A Team. Slyvester stallone grunts and grumbles through the film as he did through the first two films and the screenplay isn't up to the same standard as the first two films. This film doesn't have the edge which the first two films has, Rocky has moved on and the film tried to show that a comfortable living turns into a fighter into a staid fighter.
Its only with the death of his trainer that he realsies the folly of his lifestyle and he tries to reclaim some of his old love for the game and in truth he needed to finish with boxing before he could move on.
Of course he'll be back!!
I don't think Rocky would ever sat comfortably as a trilogy. Nevertheless, Rocky III offered a chance of reconciliation with his opponent in first two films and ends with that conclusion. Apollo Creed never was painted as the bad guy even when he did wage a humiliation campaign against Rocky in Rocky II. It was the way the films did this, viewing it as the story of two very different sportsmen rather than as the tired old battle of good versus evil, that put both films above virtually all their imitators. In Rocky III we get to see yet more of the character of Apollo, including some of his back story. In an interesting role-reversal it is Rocky who is the pampered the champion and it is Apollo who shows him the importance of going back to basics of being a fighter. Apollo acknowledges he had lost "The Eye of the Tiger", the hunger, and that is what he blames for his defeat in Rocky II.
This time Rocky has a new opponent. After 10 successful title defences, he is suddenly faced with a completely unknown quantity. Clubber Lang, played in image-defining role by newcomer Mr T, is a man who has the hunger and the drive to become a world champion. Lang is a man from streets, like Rocky was, and is very much the darker side of the American dream. He is the franchise's first attempt at a bad guy. Nevertheless, he isn't a straight down the line heel. Rather Lang is all the ideals of the self-made man - "I train alone, I'll win the title alone" - without any of Rocky's sincere compassion or altruism - "I pity the fool". He's a crude Ayn Rand figure if you think about it!
Rocky III is now looked upon with a lot of affection by both Stallone and the fans. The '70s were over and this was the era when the glamour and the style could really push out the substance. This really was Stallone's year, as he would be featured in the first of his other hugely successful franchise playing the role of John Rambo that same year. "Eye of the Tiger" became the workout track for gyms all over the world and Stallone was established as a major action star. The drama is kept alive by following the sequel formula established in Rocky II. It uses the rematch angle again albeit in a different way and continues to develop the much-loved characters of the first two films. This includes blending in some tragedy - a tactic to be used to a greater degree in Rocky IV - making Creed even more sympathetic and bulking Adrian's role to demonstrate her importance. Paulie's violent alcoholic side is also recalled within the film's first act in a scene that doesn't really work. his words about Rocky being pampered and forgetting his past might be seen as prophetic in hindsight, but ultimately the scene seems a little surplus to the rest of the plot.
Rocky III like Rocky IV is all about the big spectacle and we love every moment of it. This includes more fun, including the rather ridiculous yet very enjoyable wrestler versus boxer charity match. My rating for this film is not reflective of how much I enjoyed the film. As a Rocky fan I love them roughly equally, but it should be noted that although Rocky III and First Blood would establish Stallone as a legitimate superstar, it would also cement his reputation as only an action star and not as a serious actor. First Blood was technically a better film than Rocky III; however, its sequels would immediately descend into the pure low-plot/high-machismo moneymaking projects that would forever overshadow Stallone's real acting ability. See Copland if Rocky doesn't convince you.
Rocky III doesn't completely stray from its roots, it's still the Rocky Balboa we know and love, but he is somehow elevated to superhero status. Suddenly with the success of his fight in Rocky II, the star has miraculously lost his "ham and egger" handicaps that made it neigh on impossible for him to play the role of the celebrity. Suddenly Rocky is affecting a type of sophistication. Despite the huge amount of work Mickey apparently put in just to get Rocky to fight from an orthodox stance in Rocky II, Apollo is able to turn from an old fashioned catcher to a fleet-footed technician and by the final bout Rocky defies all we have come to expect from him by coming up with a strategy all of his own!
To those of us who grew up with Rocky or completely relate to the '80s hard work ethic in sports training, Rocky III will always have a special place in hearts. It's a guilty pleasure. However, I disagree with the majority of fans, including Stallone, in considering it be a better picture than its predecessor. It's boy's own fun with plenty to get excited and nostalgic about, but the poignant and well-balanced sports drama that was contained in the original film and carried over into Rocky II is gone.
Well after watching Rocky 1 then naturally we should have watched the second but as we were not able to get it we skipped straight to Rocky 3, luckily I have seen them all before so I do know the story so was still able to follow them. Hubby actually says this one is the best and it is his favourite as it star Mr T!
Rocky is now the Heavyweight Champion of the World after defeating Apollo Creed in the previous film so things are going exceptionally well and he is fighting all the time and is still undefeated. Whilst rocky is fighting he is being watched by Clubber Lang who is played by Mr T. He is watching and studying Rocky as he is determined to challenge his title.
In private Rocky is happily married to Adrian and they now have a son who Rocky is extremely proud of. Rocky is still very close to Mick who is still working as his manager and pushing Rocky to be the best he can be.
Things take a turn for the worse when Rocky is due to fight Clubber Lang and poor Mick has a bad turn. Rocky is forced to leave Mick with Adrian and go and fight but with his mind on Mick and not the fight just will he be able to hold onto his title?
I think I do have to slightly agree with hubby about this being the best of the films, but for me only so far as my personal favourite was the new Rocky Balboa film. I did enjoy the story in this film and thought it was a great mix with the boxing and also the personal storyline. I thought Sylvester Stallone did a great job again playing the role of Rocky and I liked how he moved the character on from the previous films and made him smarter and more confident. He portrayed this very well. I also found the character of Adrian to be much better in this film as she was much more confident and she would speak to people without being so shy and quiet. I liked how they bought her out of her shell.
The role of Mick in this film was excellent. I loved the relationship between him and Rocky as it went much deeper than trainer and boxer and I think Rocky looked up to him as a father figure. I found the scenes when Mick was ill extremely moving and especially the later scenes with Rocky and Adrian talking about him.
The arrival of Mr T to the film was great and he really did look tough and scary and definitely a contender for the title from Rocky. I found him to be slightly wooden at times but I did see past this and take his character for what it was. I also found the return of characters from the first film to be a welcome addition to this story.
The effects in the film were really good and I found the fight scenes were at times brutal looking. I did notice a few times that I could clearly see a gap between fist and face instead of it making contact but I found that this only happened a few times and the rest of the scenes really did look authentic and great. At times I was wincing with the pain that the fighters must have been feeling! The music in this film was also great and I liked how some of the tracks from the previous films had been used again. I have to say that my favourite track is definitely Eye of the Tiger.
The setting for the film is again in Philadelphia in the late 1970's and I thought that all of the sets and costumes were all well done and made the film look very authentic of the year it was set. I think at times it did look slightly dated and old but this film can definitely stand up in today's market and beat a lot of the new recent films in popularity ratings.
The running time of this film is 95 minutes and the certificate is a PG, the film does contain moderate violence but nothing which is too strong for children to view.
We managed to get this DVD for just £3 from Tesco which I felt to be a bargain. I think it will; also be available for just a few pounds from places such as EBay and Amazon. I definitely recommend this film as it is the best of the Rocky's so far and has a good storyline and this one is not just centred around the boxing.
It's fair to say that there probably shouldn't have been a third Rocky film - I don't think too many would have been bothered considering how well the second film tied things up for the old dog. Nevertheless, considering the financial success of the previous two films, it's no surprise Stallone reprised his role for a third time (and another three after that).
After defeating Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) for the title in the last film, he's had a few successful title defences and is looking for a new challenge. He finds that challenge in thuggish brute Clubber Lang (played by Mr. T in his first appearance on screen), an unsavoury boxer but he also has a curiously admirable moral code, and frequently laments how the media are ruining the purity of the sport. The film features two fights between Rocky and Lang, the first of which Rocky loses quickly, and the rest of the film documents his attempt to win the title back, aided by former opponent Apollo Creed, who gives him some useful tactics to have a fighting chance.
Rocky III may not reach the heights of the previous films, but it's still a fun ride thanks to good performances once again, as well the appearance of Mr.T in his first acting role, who delivers a ferocious performance as Rocky's toughest opponent yet, Clubber Lang. The use of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" has also made the film an iconic part of the pop-culture lexicon.
Rocky Balboa is on top of the world. Fresh from dramatically winning the world title in the previous film from his nemesis Apollo Creed, Rocky scores 10 consecutive title defenses to add to his growing legendary status. On the back of his success he wins a number of advertising contracts and becomes wealthy and world famous. However, little does Rocky know that he is up against one of sports biggest enemies - complacency. Whilst Rocky is scoring wins against mediocre opponents, the brutal Clubber Lang (Mr T) is knocking out opponents for fun on his way to a title shot against Rocky. Clubber Lang knocks out Rocky in a humiliating defeat, leaving Rocky having to do some soul searching and also cope with a personal tragedy. On the bring of hanging up his gloves, Rocky receives help from a unlikely friend - his former foe Apollo Creed. With Creed on his team, Rocky trains harder than ever to get a re-match against Lang and try and regain the world championship and the "eye of the tiger".
Overall, whilst this film is often seen as one of the weaker Rocky movies it is a very watchable and action packed sequel. The fighting scenes are excellent. This makes it somewhat easier to overlook some of the weak acting particularly from Talia Shire (Adrian Balboa), and the shameless promotion in the film of the main soundtrack "eye of the tiger".
Rocky III, in my opinion the weakest of the four Rocky films that really count. I don't count Rocky V and VI as they are both films that should never have been made and lose sight of the core principles of what made Rocky I - IV as good as they were (are).
A lot of people may disagree with me on Rocky III being the weakest and can use compelling evidence like the non-stop action of the fights between Balboa and Clubber Lang, played by Mr T, the heart wrenching death of Rocky's trainer Mickey and the story of how Rocky and former nemesis Apollo Creed became great friends. However, I would point to the fact that this movie just doesn't seem to have the same overall emotion as the first 2 and doesn't have the heroic victory against all odds that Rocky II and Rocky IV has.
It is still more than watchable, but there are 3 better Rocky films than this. However, I urge you to watch all of Rocky I, II, III and IV in that order. I did them all in the same day once, I love the series that much.
As a mid-point of the Rocky series, to many people this is the film where Mr T plays a boxer, if that is the key point of the film then understandably, it ain't a great film.
Thankfully, Mr T is in the film, but he certainly isn't the star or the key point, he is a character designed to explain the new life of Rocky Bilboa, the Heavyweight Champion of the world. After defeating Apollo Creed, Rocky has become a household name, rich, more confident, happy in his big home, with a son and adoring wife. But then bad things happen, Clubber Lang (Mr T) gets in his face insulting him and goading him to fight for the title, then his beloved trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith) becomes sick.
With a fight scheduled against Lang, Rocky struggles to concentrate on this with his mentors health fading, allied to this, his brother in law, Paulie is being a royal pain in the bottom, as he wants to be more involved and other issues threaten to take Rocky away from the sport he loves, as he has to deal with taxes and other issues he really didn't sign up for.
The film is excellent when discussing these issues, Meredith is heart breaking in his role, whilst Carl Weathers steps up again as Rocky's foe turned friend Apollo Creed to offer humour and support throughout the film.
Rocky is one of the let downs of the film, he is more confident, but the fights remain unrealistic and the action sequences forced, on the other side, Stallone gives all the best lines to others meaning he accepts a foil role.
The film is smart and sad, it has a very touching moment which defines this picture for me.
If your memory of this film is simply that Mr T was in it, then you weren't watching it properly.
I have this on the Rocky Boxset which is £9.99 from Amazon, this is great value for all 7 films.
Sylvester Stallone...Rocky Balboa
Carl Weathers...Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith...Mickey Goldmill
Mr. T...Clubber Lang
Ian Fried...Rocky Jr.
Wally Taylor...Clubber's Manager
Following the success of the first two Rocky films, the team got together again for this 1982 release, Rocky 3. The first two films had been big hits, and much was expected of this film, particularly with the introduction of Mr T, flavour of the month due to the A-Team, as Rocky's next opponent. However, it didn't prove to be quite as impressive as the first two.
This review will contain spoilers for Rocky 1 and Rocky 2 if you haven't seen them yet. Following the defeat at the hands of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in Rocky 1, Rocky Balboa (Sly Stallone) bounced back in Rocky 2 to win the respect of the world and Creed himself, and alos to win the fight! Overcoming the odds as the underdog, Rocky's next challenge comes in the form of Clubber Lang (Mr T), loud-mouthed and ham-fisted, who threatens to destroy everything in his way in the ring to get to Rocky's championship belt.
Rocky's girlfriend Adrian (Talia Shire) and her brother Pauly (Burt Young) are against the idea of Rocky fighting Lang, fearing for his safety against such a bruiser, but not to be out-egoed, Rocky sets to his training with his boxing coach Mickey (Burgess Meredith) and Creed himself in his corner.
The plot was, in essence, very good, but it didn't really do much different that we hadn't already seen in the first two Rocky films. The filming and acting is once again impressive on the whole, although Mr T's aggressive streak seems to be all or nothing, and Adrian's wining started to grate on me a bit.
The fighting choreography and soundtrack are once again awesome, with Eye of the Tiger by Survivor ringing true as well as the Rocky theme tune, a rousing pair of tracks if ever there was. Overall, I rate this as a good film, but it doesn't appeal to me as much as the first two, nor as much as the 4th film, to follow this one. The film is made well enough, and flew on the success of 1 and 2 in order to get an audience. Stallone was flying high by this point, and the overall production of the film is well done.
The DVD for Rocky 3 is available from amazon.co.uk for around the £5 mark, or similarly you can buy the Rocky Anthology with all 6 films and extras on the DVDs. The copy I have contains no extras.
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Producers: Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton and Mr T.
Released in 1982 this hour and forty minute film continues in the life of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa from Philadelphia.
Rocky Balboa, (played by Sylvester Stallone), is still happily married to Adrian, (again played by Talia Shire), but unfortunately her brother Paulie is becoming more and more jealous of Rocky's fame as he is now the heavy weight champion of the world.
He has to defend the title against many fighters, winning more than just boxing matches, including fame and stardom....
James "Clubber" Lang, (played by Mr T), is a new fighter on the scene and fights his way to the top so he can have a crack at taking Rocky's title away from him...
In the meantime, Rocky agrees to a charity fight against a wrestler called Thunderlips, (played by Hulk Hogan), which turns into a bit more than a friendly fight for charity, more like a battle of the muscles.
With Rocky about to retire he learns the truth about his climb to become the champion as Clubber demands a challenge at the title.
After much deliberation and sole searching the fight is on and the two are ready to climb into the ring only for a ruckus involving Rocky's trainer Mickey Goldmill, (played by Burgess Meredith).
With a complete twist to the story, and a complete turn in Rocky's training, involving the ex-world champion Apollo Creed, (played by Carl Weathers), the fight is more a grudge match between the loud mouthed Clubber Lang and the fresh faced Rocky.
With both men in the ring and adrenalin high the fight is on....
1- Eye of the Tiger
2- Take you back
6- Take you Back
8- Gonna fly Now
Another great action film, with some rather emotional scenes.
Stallone does it again as the muscleman with heart. His acting is as you would expect as the punch drunk boxer.
The storyline is essentially the same as the previous Rocky films, "man with emotional problems trains to become a great fighter, seems to be losing then springs to life in the end...".. a simple format indeed and a winning one at that.
Although the basic format is the same it is the rest of the movie which keeps you interested, the humorous fight as the boxer goes up against a wrestler twice his size, the emotional outcome as people fall ill and the total twist in the way Rocky actually takes on the fight....
Again, the training schedule which Rocky has to endure is so realistically portrayed that even the healthiest of viewers will feel week as they watch.
With the first of Rocky's opponents being the incredibly impressive Hulk 'I can act' Hogan, who you know in a real life fight would annihilate Rocky with-in one round with just his pure size and power, but the fictitious fight between the two is well choreographed and has a rather strange outcome.
Then with the massively built, and may I say rather scary, Mr T playing the part of Clubber Lang to perfection, as an aggressive animal with a thirst for blood, you know you are in for a riveting fight, albeit fictional.
In all an excellent movie, considering it is the third in line to a rather great first movie.
The action is good and the emotional aspect is well acted as we see Rocky fighting with his emotions once again before he enters the ring to fight another massive opponent.
**Would I recommend this...?
Yes I certainly would, but again I am possibly being biased as I really do like the Rocky collection, (well about 66% of it anyway).
I do realise that this has the same kind of storyline as the previous films but it still doesn't spoil the entertainment value of this one.
It has everything in the movie, action, a few laughs, a lot of fight sequences and the right amount of emotional drama to keep most people happy....
This is the third film for Sylvester Stallone's popular Rocky character. After the relative failures of the second film compared to the first Rocky 3 had alot of work to do if it was to rescue the ailing series. In order to achieve this Stallone brought in cameo apperances from Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
The story follows the new champion Rocky defending his title against several opponents, however we see several glimpses of an up and coming fighter, Clubber Lang, played by Mr. T watching Rocky with ambitions to defeat him. A highlight of the film is Hulk Hogans apperance as wrestler Thunderlips who faces Rocky in a charity Boxing versus Wrestling match up. Rocky eventually wins the contest angering Clubber further. At the build up to Rocky's first fight with Clubber Lang the death of someone close to him causes him to lose and he struggles to recuperate. He manages to recover and, with the help of Apollo Creed, rematches Clubber Lang in an attempt to avenge the death indirectly caused by Mr. T's character.
Again the film acting is superb and the two cameo performances are a greta addition to the cast. Hulk Hogan creates a crazy wrestler and Mr. T an arrogant contender. Add this to Stallone and the rest of the previous cast and this film is a real return to form for the Rocky series.
The soundtrack contains the regular hits from the first two films, but the introduction of 'Eye of the Tiger' adds to the punch of the film.
This is a return to form for the series and with great cameos one of the best of the series.
This is the one where Rocky Balboa meets the Mr T (the hilariously nasty Clubber Lang) - two dumb actors doing bad impersonations of boxers in the ring. Here we see Rocky gets hammered and needs the assistance of his former opponent with the camp name - Apollo Creed - in order to make his inevitable come back bout. The film concentrates more on the action and less on Rocky's domestic affairs. There are further tedious training sequences, some of which are regurgitated repeats from the first two Rocky films. If that isn't hitting the movie goer/DVD buyer below the belt I don't know what is - bloody cheek. Rocky 3 drags along devoid of any dramatic build-up or emotional tension. There is also a lack of humour that was at least somewhat present in the first two films. Stallone's script and performance are only consistent in their sheer awfulness, but this time the charm of his earlier attempts is also lacking. This film was clearly made with one aim in mind: to stack up Sly's bank balance.
And then there was that bloody awful theme song "Eye of the Tiger", performed by Survivor (who else?) - an example of soulless American rock music at its most barren. It topped the charts for six weeks - horrible, horrible, horrible!
One film critic of the New Yorker described the film as, "primitive, shrewd, empty and inept." I would say that it is slightly worse than that. Who will Rocky meet next? Probably some big dumb commy Russian... no don't be daft.
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Mister T, Hulk Hogan
Length: 99 minutes
Sylvester Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa in the sixth instalment of his long running blockbuster series following the career of a shy loan shark made good world champion Rocky Balboa. Some of the films are a bit pants in parts and the fifth one in particular in my opinion lost the plot a bit. But for some strange reason the films follow the climate of the time.
This review concentrates on the third epic that is Rocky 3.
The film starts as predictable as all the remakes, showing Rocky fighting and usually winning the fight at the end of the last film. Rocky is shown beating Apollo Creed by the narrowest of margins just before the end of the fight by knockout. Rocky lost the first fight by split decision in the first Rocky film. Rocky fought bravely in both fights and was seen as a huge underdog in the first fight against Creed who was 46-0 (46-KO's) at the time.
The new film starts blasting Survivors "Eye of the Tiger" showing Rocky defending his title and making money from advertising and being a popular household favourite. A video shows most of Rocky's defences of his coveted Ring Magazine Award belt, no WBA or WBC titles here. Rocky makes millions of dollars, buys a huge house, cars, bikes and is living contentedly with his wife Adrian and young son. During the opening minutes we are introduced at the same time to a new nemesis for Rocky, a young hungry fighter called Clubber Lang. Clubber Lang is a ruthless fighter who trains hard and seems invincible. He destroys all opposition in front of him. Rocky is oblivious to the new threat, although his manager Micky Goldmill quite professionally is well aware of the new threat.
Rocky in the meantime takes a charity match against world wrestling champion Thunder lips played by Hulk Hogan. Lang's sights are firmly set on Rocky at this time, and he works his way into the number one contender spot with a stunning knockout in his last fight.
Rocky is awarded a Statue at the top of the steps in Philadelphia, whilst the award is being given Clubber insults and challenges rocky to a fight, Micky wants no part but Rocky does. Rocky takes the fight against Mick's wishes and starts to train for the fight. Micky is shocked that Rocky's training is a sham and a pantomime for the press and fans, "if this is the way you train for Clubber, he ain't going to kid ya, he's going to kill ya".
Micky is ill before the fight and cannot make it to ringside, he has heart problems.
Rocky tries to come out wild against Clubber, but Clubber takes everything he has and beats Rocky by savage knockout in the second round. Clubber is the new champion of the world.
Rocky goes back to his dressing room and Micky dies. I'm not sure if Micky new whether Rocky had lost or not, I would like to think he did and was glad that Rocky was not seriously hurt over a long fight. Rocky is devested at the loss of Micky.
Rocky is in the wilderness for a while, he things he's lost everything, this is a sad part of the film and Rocky seems finished. However, Apollo Creed who saw the film from Ringside and has no love for Clubber Lang agrees to train Balboa for a rematch against.
Rocky, Adrian and Paulie join Apollo and trainer Duke in Apollo's home town gym. It takes a while for Rocky eventually get into the spirit of things. But when he does and the music starts playing Rocky changes his whole style and becomes a light faster boxer. The rematch happens with Clubber and Balboa beats him after a few rounds in a stunning fight, that sees Rocky on the canvas after reverting back to his own style. Although Rocky uses the tools Apollo gave him, he uses his heart and physical strength to win the fight too.
Rocky and Apollo become great friends after the fight. They even share a ring together. It seems Apollo found it very hard to lose by one second in their second fight.
This film shows what happens when a fighter gets all the money, fame and how it changes them. They lose sight of where they came from and what got them there. In boxing terms Micky did a great job of keeping Rocky safe from hard challengers and bad promoters.
A great film.
Whats it about?
Rocky Balboa, Heavyweight Champion of the World, faces his toughest challenge when brutal fighter Clubber Lang is determined to take his title.
Whos in it?
As with the first two films, most of the original cast return, although with somewhat different roles. Heading up the cast is Sylvester Stallone, still good as Rocky, although, as with all the characters in this film, he suffers from an underwritten part. The relationship between Rocky and Adrian (Talia Shire) part of what made Rocky and Rocky II so convincing is now woefully underplayed as relationship issues take a back seat to the boxing. On the plus side, this means that Rockys trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) has an expanded role, whilst Apollo Creed is able to get his acting chops around a new role as Rockys friend and trainer. Also joining the cast is Mr T as Clubber Lang, a brutal fighter out to take Rockys crown. Mr T is fine, but you cant help but feel that this is just B A Barracus with boxing gloves not exactly a stretch for him!
Indeed, this is the problem with much of the cast in the film. You get the impression that, after three films, they are simply growing too comfortable in the role and are not really making much of an effort any more. Much of the sparkle and fizz that came from the well-written and well-acted characters is now missing.
Is it any good?
Rocky III represents quite a significant shift in the series. Parts one and two were more about relationships (particularly between Rocky and his wife) and drama, with a little bit of boxing thrown in. In Part III, however, fighting becomes a much more central part of the film, dominating the plot and driving most of the relationship issues and drama into the background. Sadly, its not a change for the better. The original Rocky was watchable by more or less anyone, regardless of whether or not they like boxing; Rocky IIIs main audience is Rocky/sports film fans.
The quality of writing has also decreased dramatically, with greater reliance on clichés or predictable plot lines. I recently watched Rocky III with someone who had it all worked out by about the 25 minute mark. As such, much of the excitement and tension has gone.
Equally, the dialogue is corny and lazy. In the original films, characters spoke and acted like real people. In Rocky III, they all sound like theyre saying lines that have been written for them. Apollo Creed suffers worst in this regard, and appears to have become a motivational speaker. Listen to how many times he is forced to utter mindlessly Eye of the tiger, Stallion. Eye of the tiger or some variation. Clearly, this was done to tie in with the theme tune for the movie, but the constant utterances just come across as trite and annoying.
The song itself is also slightly annoying, simply because it is overused. Other Rocky films can be praised for the music actually being an integral part of the movie, as well as interesting and varied. In Rocky III, however, there is very little musical variety. Bill Contis excellent, iconic score is sidelined in favour of endless repetition of Survivors power ballad. Its not that its a bad song, but when you hear variations on so many times over the course of 90 plus minutes, it starts to wear a little thin.
The law of diminishing returns for sequels can equally be seen in the characters. As mentioned above, they are much more one-dimensional and lose the nuances which made the original so appealing. The murky greys of character morality (particularly for the first film, where Rocky does some debt collecting/enforcement work to make ends meet) has all gone. Characters in Rocky III are either snowy-white good or pantomime-villain bad.
Some fans, however, may prefer the new approach. Some people criticise the first film for being too slow-paced and having a lack of action. This criticism has certainly been addressed here with two fights featured for the first time, together with a much faster build up and shorter running time. I guess it depends on your preference really, but personally, I preferred the slower build-up which gave you a greater opportunity to become emotionally attached to the character.
Perhaps because of this, Rocky III is a curiously emotionless affair. Things happen which are clearly meant to tug on the heartstrings, but they just dont have the desired impact. Instead, they just feel like plot contrivances (which, of course, they are!) designed to try and get the viewer to engage with the film on a deeper level. Unfortunately, badly written and poorly handled, they simply end up like scenes out of the worst kind of TV melodrama.
The film isnt however, completely devoid of interest or fun. In particular, the opening montage is clever and uses split screens a technique that was at that time relatively unusual to show how Rocky has essentially become more interested in show business and less interested in boxing, whilst Clubber Lang is hungry for success and focussed solely on the heavyweight crown. Similarly, the now traditional training montage is well-worked, showing Rocky surrounded by razzamatazz playing up to the cameras, whilst Clubber Lang trains alone, determined to succeed in his shot at the title. Its provides echoes of the original Rocky, only this time the positions are reversed: Rocky is now in the Apollo Creed mode of complacent champ, whilst Clubber Lang is now Rocky, the hungry young fighter.
Equally, the fight sequences when they come are again, superb. OK, theyre totally unrealistic in that the fights would all be stopped by the referee if these were proper boxing matches. However, they are still thrilling as spectacles and youll feel yourself wincing at some of the punishment being handed out.
Overall, though, you cant help but feel that Rocky III is just well, a little pointless. Vaguely entertaining in a its Sunday afternoon and its on the telly and I cant be bothered moving kind of way, its not worth going out of your way to see.
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Running Time: approx. 99 minutes
The montage sequence showing Rocky appearing on The Muppet Show is actual footage of Stallones 1979 appearance on the programme. Kermits introduction was re-recorded by Frank Oz to say Rocky instead of Sylvester Stallone. The footage of Rocky at the Oscars is also genuine footage of Stallone.