Rocky III


1h 39m 1982

Brief Synopsis

The famed boxing champion has to fight back from defeat when he faces a powerful and unscrupulous slugger.

Film Details

Also Known As
l'oeil du tigre
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Sports
Sequel
Release Date
1982
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

Now heavyweight champion, Rocky goes up against a flashy and cocky contender.

Crew

Frank B Barresi

Other

Dale Benson

Location Manager

Tom Bronson

Costumes

James D. Brubaker

Associate Producer

James D. Brubaker

Production Manager

Wilmer Butler

Director Of Photography

William J Cassidy

Production Designer

Robert Chartoff

Producer

Chuck Clarke

Production Assistant

Jack R Clinton

Assistant Director

Christopher Sean Collins

Consultant

Christopher Sean Collins

Other

Clifford C Colman

Assistant Director

James R Connell

Camera Operator

Bill Conti

Music

Bill Conti

Song

Bill Dietz

Props

Wayne Fitzgerald

Titles

Ronald K Foreman

Art Director

Robin Garb

Production Assistant

Gary S. Gerlich

Sound Effects Editor

Gregory M Gerlich

Assistant Editor

Walter Gest

Sound

Hope Goodwin

Assistant Director

Rudy Hermosillo

Consultant

George Hill

Key Grip

Gib Jaffe

Assistant Editor

Howard Jensen

Special Effects

Rick Kline

Sound

Gregg Landaker

Sound

Neil Leifer

Photography

Christine Loss

Photography

Sharon Mann

Assistant Director

Victoria Martin

Sound Effects Editor

Jo Ann May-pavey

Production Coordinator

Vivian Mcateer

Hair

Don Charles Mcgovern

Stunt Man

Donald O Mitchell

Sound

Joe Mitchell

Set Decorator

Dan Moore

Wardrobe

Herb Nanas

Executive Producer

Bob Nichols

Sound

Ray Notaro

Consultant

Jim Peterik

Song

Julie Pitkanen

Script Supervisor

Tom Renesto

Technical Advisor

Gary Ritchie

Sound

A Thomas Schombert

Other

Claudia Sills

Production Assistant

Kimberly Sizemore

Production Assistant

Frank Stallone

Song

Frank Stallone

Song Performer

Sylvester Stallone

Choreographer

Sylvester Stallone

Screenplay

Ron Stein

Stunt Coordinator

Frank Sullivan

Song

Aida Swenson

Wardrobe

Ronald Vidor

Other

Michael S Walter

Stunts

Frank Warner

Sound Editor

Mark Warner

Editor

Dennis Washington

Art Director

Michael Westmore

Makeup

Charles Wilborn

Sound Mixer

Irwin Winkler

Producer

William J Wylie

Sound Effects Editor

Rhonda Young

Casting

Don Zimmerman

Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
l'oeil du tigre
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Sports
Sequel
Release Date
1982
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Award Nominations

Best Song

1982

Articles

Rocky III


Climbing into the ring a third time for Rocky III (1982), Sylvester Stallone confronts bigger issues than just a mere heavyweight championship bout in this sequel. Acting as star and director, Stallone decided to take a new approach to his character in Rocky III, which was probably influenced by his own sudden fame and celebrity as a Hollywood superstar. So in this third installment in the series, we find Rocky Balboa in the midst of an identity crisis. He's an average Joe who suddenly finds himself blinded by the bright lights of success. This is also the first Rocky picture to begin with our hero as a champion. The story picks up three years after the conclusion of Rocky II (1979) where the "Italian Stallion" triumphed over Apollo Creed in the ring. Undefeated after ten major bouts, our champ is at the top of his game in Rocky III but he wants to retire in victory. Not a chance. His attempts to gracefully hang up the gloves are thwarted by the boxing phenomenon known as Clubber Lang (Mr. T), an imposing hulk of a man with a trademark mohawk, who beats Rocky in a well-publicized match, thus setting the stage for another uplifting comeback. Along the way we are shown the obligatory training montage plus glimpses of the sprawling Balboa Estate with peripheral appearances by Rocky's wife, Adrian (Talia Shire), and devoted trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith).

Around the time of its release, Stallone announced that Rocky III would be the final chapter in the Rocky Balboa saga, something he always envisioned as a trilogy. Originally, he had a completely different ending in mind for the grand finale. Instead of a comeback match with Clubber Lang, Stallone wanted the film to end in the Roman Coliseum with Rocky trading blows with a Russian boxer. This, of course, became the inspiration for Rocky IV (1985).

While Rocky III followed the predictable pattern of its two predecessors, it did have something new to offer fans of the series - Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Hogan was just beginning to emerge as a major wrestling personality in 1982 and his charity match battle with Rocky is one of the film's highlights. Mr. T also enjoyed a surge of popularity thanks to his colorful performance as Clubber Lang, going on to star in the TV series, The A-Team.

As expected, many critics responded to Rocky III with lack-luster reviews but fans didn't care. Most of them responded the same way as the critic for Newsweek who wrote "Just as Sinatra can endlessly reprise 'My Way' and still raise goose bumps, so Stallone can turn out shameless variations on his Believe-in-Yourself miracle play and still get the old adrenaline pumping." And although Rocky III wasn't the sort of film to win any Academy Awards, it did end up with an Oscar nomination for Best Song - "Eye of the Tiger," performed by Survivor. It lost to "Up Where We Belong' from An Officer and a Gentleman.



Producer: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone
Production Design: William J. Cassidy
Cinematography: Bill Butler
Costume Design: Tom Bronson
Film Editing: Mark Warner, Don Zimmerman
Original Music: Bill Conti
Principal Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Talia Shire (Adrian), Burt Young (Paulie), Carl Weathers (Apollo), Burgess Meredith (Mickey), Tony Burton (Duke), Mr. T (Clubber Lang), Hulk Hogan (Thunderlips), Ian Fried (Rocky Junior).
C-99m. Letterboxed.

By Bill Goodman
Rocky Iii

Rocky III

Climbing into the ring a third time for Rocky III (1982), Sylvester Stallone confronts bigger issues than just a mere heavyweight championship bout in this sequel. Acting as star and director, Stallone decided to take a new approach to his character in Rocky III, which was probably influenced by his own sudden fame and celebrity as a Hollywood superstar. So in this third installment in the series, we find Rocky Balboa in the midst of an identity crisis. He's an average Joe who suddenly finds himself blinded by the bright lights of success. This is also the first Rocky picture to begin with our hero as a champion. The story picks up three years after the conclusion of Rocky II (1979) where the "Italian Stallion" triumphed over Apollo Creed in the ring. Undefeated after ten major bouts, our champ is at the top of his game in Rocky III but he wants to retire in victory. Not a chance. His attempts to gracefully hang up the gloves are thwarted by the boxing phenomenon known as Clubber Lang (Mr. T), an imposing hulk of a man with a trademark mohawk, who beats Rocky in a well-publicized match, thus setting the stage for another uplifting comeback. Along the way we are shown the obligatory training montage plus glimpses of the sprawling Balboa Estate with peripheral appearances by Rocky's wife, Adrian (Talia Shire), and devoted trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith). Around the time of its release, Stallone announced that Rocky III would be the final chapter in the Rocky Balboa saga, something he always envisioned as a trilogy. Originally, he had a completely different ending in mind for the grand finale. Instead of a comeback match with Clubber Lang, Stallone wanted the film to end in the Roman Coliseum with Rocky trading blows with a Russian boxer. This, of course, became the inspiration for Rocky IV (1985). While Rocky III followed the predictable pattern of its two predecessors, it did have something new to offer fans of the series - Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Hogan was just beginning to emerge as a major wrestling personality in 1982 and his charity match battle with Rocky is one of the film's highlights. Mr. T also enjoyed a surge of popularity thanks to his colorful performance as Clubber Lang, going on to star in the TV series, The A-Team. As expected, many critics responded to Rocky III with lack-luster reviews but fans didn't care. Most of them responded the same way as the critic for Newsweek who wrote "Just as Sinatra can endlessly reprise 'My Way' and still raise goose bumps, so Stallone can turn out shameless variations on his Believe-in-Yourself miracle play and still get the old adrenaline pumping." And although Rocky III wasn't the sort of film to win any Academy Awards, it did end up with an Oscar nomination for Best Song - "Eye of the Tiger," performed by Survivor. It lost to "Up Where We Belong' from An Officer and a Gentleman. Producer: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler Director: Sylvester Stallone Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone Production Design: William J. Cassidy Cinematography: Bill Butler Costume Design: Tom Bronson Film Editing: Mark Warner, Don Zimmerman Original Music: Bill Conti Principal Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Talia Shire (Adrian), Burt Young (Paulie), Carl Weathers (Apollo), Burgess Meredith (Mickey), Tony Burton (Duke), Mr. T (Clubber Lang), Hulk Hogan (Thunderlips), Ian Fried (Rocky Junior). C-99m. Letterboxed. By Bill Goodman

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States May 1982

Released in United States Summer May 28, 1982

Feature acting debut for wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Third installment of the "Rocky" series

Released in United States May 1982

Released in United States Summer May 28, 1982