(update of a previous post – the original is here)
Length: 119 minutes
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 #208 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 twice, most recently (have on DVD) yesterday
Special effects/design: Great.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). Damn good movie. It’s not about boxing; that’s more like the setting. Rocky and Adrian, especially Adrian, are the kind of characters that you hardly ever see movies about, at least not in a romantic story, which is a shame because it’s so pleasant to watch them.
Objective Rating: 3.7/4 (Great).