Target presents AFI's 40th Anniversary

presented by Sylvester Stallone


United Artists, 1976

CAST Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Burt Young DIRECTOR John G. Avildsen PRODUCER Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff SCREENWRITER Sylvester Stallone

This sleeper hit of 1977 starred a virtually unknown Sylvester Stallone in his first produced screenplay. Inspired to write the film after seeing the 1975 fight between World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and underdog Chuck Wepner, Stallone was touched by Wepner's "stifled ambition and broken dreams," a major theme of the film. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and went on to inspire five sequels, each starring Stallone. A statue of Rocky at the top of the steps of Philadelphia's Museum of Art continues to inspire fans who emulate the triumphant scene from the movie.

119 Minutes


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