His whole life was a million-to-one shot.

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Podcast Release Date:
Nov 29, 2011

Rocky Series Episode 1

We podcast because we can’t sing and dance.

It’s sometimes hard to believe Sylvester Stallone is an Oscar nominated actor and writer. After all, Demolition Man and The Expendables aren’t usually the films that get Academy notice. But in his career-making role as washed-up fighter Rocky Balboa Stallone captured accolades and audience dollars. Now, for Rocky’s 35th anniversary, Now Playing hosts Arnie, Brock, and Jakob are watching and reviewing all six Rocky films, starting with this 1976 original. Can this film still go the distance with modern audience? Listen to find out!

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Movie Details

Original Title
John G. Avildsen
Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David, Joe Spinell, Jimmy Gambina, Bill Baldwin, Al Silvani, George Memmoli, Jodi Letizia, Diana Lewis, George O'Hanlon, Larry Carroll, Stan Shaw, Don Sherman, Billy Sands, Pedro Lovell, DeForest Covan, Simmy Bow, Tony Burton, Hank Rolike, Shirley O'Hara, Kathleen Parker, Frank Stallone, Lloyd Kaufman, Jane Marla Robbins, Jack Hollander, Joe Sorbello, Christopher Avildsen, Frankie Van, Lou Fillipo, Paris Eagle, Frank Stallone, Robert L. Tangrea, Peter Glassberg, William E. Ring, Joseph C. Giambelluc, Joe Frazier, Butkus Stallone, Michael Dorn, Arnold Johnson, Stu Nahan, Frank Pesce, Lavelle Roby, Arthur Tovey, John Pleshette
2 h 00 min
Release Date
21 November 1976
Drama, Action
When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.

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