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Rocky III (1982)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 28 May 1982 (USA)
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After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

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Sylvester Stallone
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire ... Adrian
Burt Young ... Paulie
Carl Weathers ... Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith ... Mickey Goldmill
Tony Burton ... Duke
Mr. T ... Clubber Lang
Hulk Hogan ... Thunderlips
Ian Fried Ian Fried ... Rocky Jr.
Al Silvani ... Al
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Clubber's Manager
Jim Hill Jim Hill ... Sportscaster
Don Sherman Don Sherman ... Andy
Dennis James ... Wrestling Commentator
Jim Healy Jim Healy ... Wrestling Commentator
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Storyline

Sylvester Stallone returns to the character which made him famous in this wildly successful sequel. Rocky III starts with the Italian Stallion so famous that his likeness is everywhere, including pinball machines. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to young thug Clubber Lang (Mr. T), who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's beloved trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), before their first championship bout. After sinking into a depression, Balboa must regain the love and support of his family, as well as the elusive "eye of the tiger," the hungry need to beat the opponent which former foe Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) teaches him during this film's training sequence. In the end, Balboa faces off against Lang for a second time.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Fighter. A Lover. A Legend. The Greatest Challenge. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky, Part 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,015,408, 31 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$125,049,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Robert Chartoff says in a Blu-ray featurette that Clubber Lang was never supposed to have a mohawk or outrageous sideburns. Those were all from star Mr. T, a former bodyguard for Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, among others. See more »

Goofs

In Rocky's first title defense, he begins the fight with golden gloves, but at the end of the fight, his gloves are black. See more »

Quotes

Clubber Lang: [to Rocky Right Before The Final Fight] Hey fool! You ready for another beating? You shoulda never came back!
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Crazy Credits

For the first time in the series, Tony Burton's character is credited (and referred to on screen for the first time) as Duke. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several scenes were added for the European Theatrical Release:
  • During the Thunderlips charity fight, there are several glances between Rocky and Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
  • A romantic scene between Rocky and Adrian before the Statue unveiling.
  • A funeral march for Mickey (Burgess Meredith).
  • The dialogue between Apollo ('Carl Weathers') and Rocky in Mick's Gym is longer.
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Connections

Referenced in Blackcatloner: Goodwill Hunting (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Pushin
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Frank Stallone
Performed by Frank Stallone
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User Reviews

 
2nd sequel in Rocky series
2 February 2007 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

Rocky 3 is not a bad movie,as far as the series goes.it has lots of action,some good training sequences and some dramatic moments.however it lacks something that the first 2 have.and that is heart.it just doesn't have the depth of that they have.this is not a tangible thing,but more a feeling.if you watch Rocky 3,you will understand.the antagonist,(villain)Clubber Lang,Rocky's rival,is fairly strong as portrayed by Mr.T.though i get the sense this movie was made just to keep the franchise going.I say this because if you watch the next installment,Rocky 4,you will notice there is more intent to the whole movie.The antagonist is much more developed and there is more at stake.there are actually 2 antagonists and you will understand if you watch the movie.anyway, back to 3.the filmmakers could have done without this installment and went right to 4.as for Rocky 3-- 7 stars/10


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