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Rocky

Doha Film Institute Pop-Up Cinema

/ Feature Narrative / United States of America / 1976 / 119 min / Colour / Bluray
In English / (No Subtitles) subtitles
No Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


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Synopsis

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a boxer from Philadelphia, is but one step removed destitution. A once-promising fighter, Rocky now survives by taking nickel-and-dime bouts and running strong-arm errands for local loan sharks. Even his supportive trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith), has given up on him. All this changes thanks to Muhammad Ali-like super-boxer Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). With the Bicentennial celebration coming up, Creed must find a "Cinderella" opponent for the big Fourth of July bout – some unknown Creed can "glorify" for a few minutes before knocking him cold. Rocky Balboa was not the only Cinderella involved here: Stallone, himself a virtual unknown, managed to sell his ‘Rocky’ script on the proviso that he be given the starring role. For Stallone, it was a make-or-break opportunity – just like Rocky's million-to-one shot with Apollo Creed. Costing less than $1M, ‘Rocky’ connected with audiences worldwide, earning back 60 times its cost. The film won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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