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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.