Title: Rocky III
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Mr. T
Music: Bill Conti, Survivor
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Song (“Eye of the Tiger”)
Length: 99 minutes
Synopsis: after years of shallow success, Rocky gets his ass handed to him
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for concept, cinematography and music) c. 2.8/4 (Good).
What made the first two Rocky movies great was they were basically dramas about Rocky and Adrian, and those two characters just work great together. The boxing stuff was a secondary part of the story. Rocky III, however, is pure boxing movie. If you hadn’t seen the first two movies, you wouldn’t even know the characters from watching this one. That said, it’s very entertaining for a sports movie. Especially when all sorts of crazy stuff comes out of Mr. T’s mouth.