Rocky III

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Rocky III DVD cover

Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series, starring Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, and Talia Shire.

Rocky III also includes Mr. T, who plays the character Clubber Lang, a contender who has some characteristics of a classic boxing villain but whose human side is present, but often hidden by his loudness.

It also features Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea (or "Hollywood Hogan") as the character Thunderlips.


Rocky III begins with Rocky winning the title from Apollo Creed (played by Weathers). Creed retires, and Rocky becomes an accomplished champion, making ten defenses of his belt. Meanwhile, he buys a mansion, appears on several magazine covers and makes several TV show appearances (The Muppet Show), and becomes a household name as he appears on everything, from t-shirts to chocolate bars. While this is all happening, Clubber Lang is coming up on the ranks, beating everybody put in front of him. He becomes the number one challenger, while Rocky gets reconstructive nose surgery and starts to learn how to talk in public.

Rocky then attends a charity boxing-wrestling match with Thunderlips (Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea); Lang watching at ringside. There, Lang starts taunting the boxing champion, but the champ just will not listen to him, which only adds to Lang's frustration. Ultimately, Rocky and Thunderlips agree to end their match in a draw.

Rocky has a statue unveiled in Philadelphia, but Lang shows up there too, and tells Rocky that his fights had been fixed after the Creed rematch. Rocky, confused, asks Mickey, his trainer, to explain, and Mickey tells him that his fights after winning the championship were not fixed, but the opponents Rocky faced weren't championship caliber. He tells Rocky that Rocky was faced with underqualified opponents to protect him from another dangerous fight like his two fights with Creed. To that end, he strongly advises Rocky against fighting Lang since the challenger is not only brutal, but he also has a superior fighting spirit while Rocky has gotten too comfortable as champion.

Rocky, feeling he needs to prove to himself that he is worthy of his title of Heavyweight Champion of the World, signs to fight Lang, the number 1 contender. Unfortunately, Rocky fails to take his training seriously, and Mickey fears disaster as a result. Lang and Rocky meet at Philadelphia's Spectrum. During a melee before the fight, Mickey is accidentally pushed, hits a tube, and is critically injured. Rocky and Lang fight, but Rocky's mind is on Mickey, and he loses the belt, by a knockout in the second round. When he returns to his locker room, he and Mickey have their last conversation, and Mickey passes away in Rocky's arms.

Rocky is deep in self-doubt, but Apollo comes in to help, and takes him and Adrian to Los Angeles, where Apollo talks to him about "recovering the eye of the tiger," his critical fighting spirit. Apollo starts teaching Rocky how to box with rhythm. Rocky attempts to learn from Apollo, but his regrets and fears sap his resolve and Apollo is frustrated. A heart to heart with Adrian occurs, in which Rocky admits his fears and she reassures him that she will be with him no matter what. Thus inspired, Rocky returns to the training with renewed vigor.

In a rematch versus Lang, and with people around the world watching, Rocky fights with a level of skill and fighting spirit that no one, including Clubber Lang, expects. Defeating Lang with a knockout in three while he manages to stay standing this time, he recovers his world Heavyweight championship and his self-respect at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Rocky and Apollo then are shown entering a gym, where Apollo wants Rocky to do him a favor: Apollo wants a third fight with Rocky, even though this one will only be a practice bout. The movie finishes with Apollo and Rocky swinging crosses at each other.

The movie contained a song by Survivor, that many consider a rock classic: Eye Of The Tiger, which became a chart topper the year the movie was released, in 1982.

Bronze Statue

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"ROCKY", created by A. Thomas Schomberg, in its original position, the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A bronze statue of Rocky, called "ROCKY", was commisioned by Sylvester Stallone and created by A. Thomas Schomberg in 1983. Three statues were created and one was placed on the top of the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the filming of Rocky III. After filming was complete, a furious debate errupted in Philadelphia between the Art Museum and the City's Art Commission over the meaning of "art." Claiming the statue was not "art" but rather a "movie prop" the city considered various alternate locations and settled upon the front of the Wachovia Spectrum in South Philadelphia. It was later returned to the Art Museum where it was used in the filming of Rocky V, as well as Mannequin and Philidelphia. Afterward it was again moved to the front of the Spectrum. On May 21, 2005 the statue was placed on eBay with a starting bid of $1,000,000 on behalf of the International Institute for Sport and Olympic History.[1] (

The statues weighed 2 tons each and stood about ten feet tall.

External links

Rocky III part of the Rocky Series
Rocky | Rocky II | Rocky III | Rocky IV | Rocky V |

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