Rocky Balboa

2006, Movie, PG, 101 mins


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Last weekend Rambo opened in theaters, and as I write this the film has now earned an estimated $25 million at the box office, putting it among the Top 5 money-making movies of the (very short) year so far. There was a lot of doubt that audiences would still have an appetite for Sylvester Stallone's hard-to-stop soldier, but this fourth and final film appears to have struck the same good chord as 2006's Rocky Balboa did: it offers a good way to wrap up the story of a beloved cinema character from a couple-three decades ago, taking into account the fact that both the character and actor have aged, but hopefully blurring the memory of the previous "final" films - both turkeys - that otherwise would have wrapped up those two movie series.All the previous Rocky and Rambo films have long been available on DVD, of course, and Rocky Balboa has since come out on DVD - and Blu-ray Disc - as well. When Rocky Balboa opened in theaters in December 2006, the high definition world was still prett... read more

Rocky Balboa's Missing Adrian, Paramount's Logo and More Questions

Question I just saw Rocky Balboa and liked it but do you have any idea why Adrian was written out of the cast of characters Did Talia Shire not want to do it DanielFlickChick In interviews Sylvester Stallone has said that in the first drafts of the Rocky Balboa screenplay Adrian was still alive but died later in the story But at some point he decided that it was more dramatic to start out with Rocky sleepwalking through life because hes so devastated by having lost the love of his life The only quote attributed to Talia Shire Ive run across has a rather evasive ring to it she never addresses whether or not anyone ever spoke to her about the possibility of being in the film and she certainly doesnt say she turned the part down But there are pictures online of Shire attending the Los Angeles premiere which suggests to me that if she had been angry or disappointed shes over it now Question About two years ago I read on TVGuidecom that Ellen DeGeneres would read more

Is Rocky Poised to KO the Competition?

Sylvester Stallone's sixth and final trip to the ring, Rocky Balboa, seems to be in fighting form, based on its first-day haul: Opening Wednesday, the film took in $6.2 million across 2,752 screens. Boosting its prospects, Variety notes, is the fact that Balboa is tracking very well with males, and also piquing the interest of females over 25. Myself, I really enjoyed the film — cheered, cried, everything — as I detailed in a recent Trivial Matt'rs posting.This weekend's other contenders: Night at the Museum, We Are Marshall and The Good Shepherd, reviews of which can be found here at read more

Thirty Years Later, Rocky Balboa Still Packs a Punch

Can we all just close our eyes and pretend that Rocky V never happened? Because if ever there were a franchise-finisher to be remembered for staging the Italian Stallion's final bout, Rocky Balboa, due out Dec. 20, portends to be it. Having grown up with this film series, I cheered and I cried at a press screening last week, as the famed palooka-turned-pugilist entered the ring just one more, most memorable time.The Oscar-winning Rocky and its first follow-up were seminal films, even coining the term "a Rocky story" to sum up the tale of an underdog (in this case, a loan shark's sad-sack collection man) who overcomes the odds to achieve greatness — a bid for both true love and the title. Rocky III, with the arrival of Mr. T's Clubber Lang, found Rocko facing his fiercest opponent yet — as Burgess Meredith's Mickey reveals (in his raspy growl) that previous comers "wuz hand-picked!" — and then dealing with the loss of the trainer he for so long held dear. Rocky IV, an ... read more

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