Rocky An American Classic that Still Inspires

Rocky An American Classic that Still Inspires

If there was ever a film of inspiration and and triumph. This film would be it, it was called Rocky! This story would introduce us to an American Hero, Rocky Balboa. This was a true rag to riches story with an incredible cast. The impact this movie has had on pop culture is truly amazing. In fact in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania there is a statue of Rocky. This speaks volumes of how this movie resonated with people and in Philly itself. Rocky was the highest-grossing film in 1976. Earning 225 Million. So much credit goes to Sylvester Stallone. Not only did he help write the film but the passion he had for that character may be the greatest showing of all time. Rocky was directed by John G. Avildsen and produced by Irwin Winkler as well as Robert Chartoff. The music was by Bill Conti. The cast was great. Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. Talia Shire as Adrian Pennino. Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, Burgess Meredith as Mickey Goldmill, and Burt Young as Paulie Pennino. This film was released on December 3, 1976. Which happens to be 43 years ago yesterday. Simply put, Rocky is one of the best movies ever.

Rocky wanted to fight. There is more backstory that I won’t get into but Rocky needed to fight to earn a living. They called Rocky the Italian Stallion. It helped give him credibility. Rocky wanted a fight with Apollo Creed. Creed had that confidence and swagger that you couldn’t teach. Classic scenes as Rocky trained as he would run down the streets and alleys in Philly.

This movie was extra special because of the relationships that were made. Seeing the love story of Rocky and Adrian develop. Even more beautiful was the relationship between Rocky and Mickey or boxer and trainer. Mickey was a mentor to Rocky.

Mickey Goldmill was the guy that had that old- school grit and toughness to prepare Balboa. Mick was honest, but caring. Even though they disagreed, Rocky saw what experience the former boxer Mick had. No matter the location, the gym or a meat market to pound slabs of beef Rocky trained hard.

Rocky would fall in love with Adrian Pennino who works at the pet store, that spark was there, we see it develop and build. True next door neighbor beauty with Adrian. She would become his biggest fan.

The training music still gets us motivated, especially when working out. Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti still plays in our minds. Just from hearing it in Rocky. Heck, I can hear it as I type this right now. It became an anthem of triumph in a sense.

This movie taught you to dream big dreams or goals in life and to learn from failures. Get back up and keep fighting for what you want no matter how many times you get knocked down.

If you haven’t seen this film please check it out. We were and always will be behind Rocky Balboa. He was our hero,