Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
Music: Bill Conti
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Stallone), Best Actress (Shire), Best Supporting Actor (Young), Best Supporting Actor (Meredith), Best Song (“Gonna Fly Now”) and Best Sound; currently #241 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: the heavyweight champion gives a local Philadelphia boxer a chance to fight him
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), July 2008
8/10 9/10 (One of my favorites).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for cinematography and music) c. 3.4/4 (Very good).
Damn good movie. Much to my surprise, not about boxing; that’s more like the setting. The music might be iconic, but the entire soundtrack is made up of two tracks…