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"Rocky" Returns
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Posted on 10/17/2005 9:06:08 PM PDT by Nascardude

Cue "Eye of the Tiger"--the Italian Stallion is coming out of retirement for more one shot.

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Sylvester Stallone has signed on to reprise his role as the boxing champ for a sixth installment in the once mighty franchise.

The film, simply titled Rocky Balboa, was announced Monday by Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios and original distributor MGM, which will team up to produce what a press release describes as a return to the style and grit of the 1976 franchise-launching original.

The story will pick up with the fictional prize fighter retired and a widower (no Adrian!), who, after resisting offers to return to the ring, reluctantly agrees to take on reigning world heavyweight champion Mason "The Line" Dixon.

"Rocky Balboa is about everybody who feels they want to participate in the race of life, rather than be a bystander," the 59-year-old Stallone said in a statement. "You're never too old to climb a mountain, if that's your desire."

Or relive the glory days.

The first Rocky introduced everyone's favorite underdog, a blue-collar, journeyman puncher who goes a full 15 rounds with flamboyant champ Apollo Creed. Although Rocky eventually loses a decision, the film scored a knockout. With a budget of just $1 million, Rocky became one of the top-grossing films of the '70s, pulling in $117 million domestically and $220 million in worldwide ticket sales. It also established "Yo, Adrian!" as a national catchphrase, made Stallone a household name, scored nine Oscar nominations (Best Actor and Best Screenplay for Stallone, among them) and won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

While subsequent sequels descended into increasingly cartoonish formula, they too threw plenty of weight around at the box office.

Rocky II (Rocky takes title from Creed in rematch) tallied $85 million domestically in 1979, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com; 1982's Rocky III (Rocky loses title to Mr. T, then regains it in rematch) slugged its way to $125 million domestically; and 1985's Rocky IV (Rocky goes to Russia, battles steroid-crazed Commie boxer Dolph Lundgren), grossed $128 million.

Rocky V (1990), however, didn't fare as well. That film, which saw Stallone's alter ego come out of retirement and engage former protege Tommy Gunn (real-life boxer Tommy Morrison), grossed a meager $40 million domestically as audiences apparently grew tired with the chicken-chasing tomato can.

Stallone, who wrote all five Rocky movies and directed the second, third and fourth films, has been working on the script for the sixth go-round for some time now. He said he felt the time was right to slip on the gloves one last time given the currents going on in his own life, especially as an aging action star.

Stallone's last significant big-screen role came in 2003's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over; his most high-profile gig of late was hosting NBC's low-rated reality series The Contender, which traded on his Rocky fame.

"I am drawing on a lot of my feelings that are in synch with many people's feelings about facing the last chapter of their lives and how they want it to be written. Rocky goes through the skepticism of trying to go against the tide, to go against common sense," the actor tells Daily Variety.

On the production end, Rocky Balboa will be mostly a family affair.

Executive producing will be Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, who oversaw the earlier Rocky pictures, while their sons, Charles and David Winkler and William Chartoff, will produce along with Kevin King.

With Talia Shire's Adrian down for the count, the only supporting cast members from previous entries making a return appearance will be Burt Young, who played her brother and Rocky pal, Paulie. Composer Bill Conti, who wrote Rocky's famous anthem, "Gonna Fly Now," is also on board.

Producers are reportedly talking with former heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver to take on the part of Dixon.

Rocky isn't the only muscle-bound hero Stallone is taking out of mothballs. He's also breaking out the bandana for a fourth turn as Rambo. Stallone will also write that screenplay.

Rocky Balboa begins shooting in Philadelphia and Los Angeles in December, after which Stallone is slated to segue into production on Rambo IV.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: moviereview; rocky
Okay. I loved the Rocky Series, and have seen each of the five films so many times that I have them memorized. But enough is enough. They should have ended it with Rocky IV, but they had to make the crappy Rocky V in which he loses everything. Now they are coming out with Rocky VI. No Mickey, No Apollo, No Adrian. This has box office bust written all over it.
1 posted on 10/17/2005 9:06:11 PM PDT by Nascardude
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To: Nascardude

I think seeing Rocky fight at age 60 in support hose and a hernia belt will do nothing for the American movie going public.


2 posted on 10/17/2005 9:07:26 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Nascardude
Someone tell Stallone to just ditch the idea and put his time into running for governor or something. Sakes...
3 posted on 10/17/2005 9:09:13 PM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: Nascardude

Will this be the one where he fights Floyd Patterson for the title?


4 posted on 10/17/2005 9:10:24 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Nascardude

"Yo, Geritol!"


5 posted on 10/17/2005 9:10:33 PM PDT by keithtoo (Vast Right Wing Conspiracy - Founding Member)
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To: Nascardude

"Yo, Adrianne! Where's the Metamucil?"


6 posted on 10/17/2005 9:10:36 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: Nascardude

7 posted on 10/17/2005 9:11:24 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed)
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To: Nascardude

""Rocky Balboa is about everybody who feels they want to participate in the race of life, rather than be a bystander," the 59-year-old Stallone said in a statement."

Burgess Meredith was 69 when he played Rocky's crusty old trainer in the first film.

Now stallone is going to play a boxer while he's just ten years younger than that?

What is he going to be fighting for? His AARP card?


8 posted on 10/17/2005 9:12:00 PM PDT by flashbunny (What is more important: Loyalty to principles, or loyalty to personalities?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Best boxing movie ever, BTW...


9 posted on 10/17/2005 9:12:04 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed)
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To: Nascardude

At his age he should think about calling it Gravel Pit intead of Rocky.


10 posted on 10/17/2005 9:12:21 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: armymarinemom

The heck with this one, I'm waiting for Rocky 27.(grin)


11 posted on 10/17/2005 9:14:20 PM PDT by headstamp
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To: reagan_fanatic

Take er to da zoo.


12 posted on 10/17/2005 9:26:18 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (It is easy to call for a pi$$ing contest when you aren't going to be in the line of fire.)
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To: Nascardude

I think this could work. It depends on who's writing Stallone's script for him.


13 posted on 10/17/2005 9:38:03 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ('Deserves' got nothing to do with it.)
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To: headstamp
The heck with this one, I'm waiting for Rocky 27.(grin)

"I don't hate Balboa, but I pity da fool. And I will destroy any man who tries to take what I got." /Clubba Lang

14 posted on 10/17/2005 9:38:10 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (FreeRepublic: your educational retreat from the stress of Leftist media jihad.)
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To: Nascardude
I grew up with the Rocky movies. I loved the first one and the 4th one(Cold War), and liked all of them except 5. I tolerated 5, only because the final fight was a street fight, which is Rocky's turf.

But Rocky VI? I'll wait until it's on TV.

15 posted on 10/17/2005 9:41:30 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("My Gov'nor don't got the answer")
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To: Nascardude

I read somewhere about this, and it was asked


"who is he going to fight, Wilford Brimely?"


16 posted on 10/18/2005 4:49:30 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: headstamp; Ragtop

I'm waiting for Rocky 20.


17 posted on 10/18/2005 6:46:49 AM PDT by Maximus of Texas (Pull my finger)
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To: Maximus of Texas
Do you remember Airplane II: The Sequel? There is a scene in the gift shop when Sonny Bono buys a bomb. In the background is a movie poster for Rocky followed by a long series of roman numerals. Rocky is potrayed by an aged asian man. Once again Zucker and Co. prove that they are never too far off of the mark. And you figure THAT movie was made in early 80's.
18 posted on 10/18/2005 7:44:53 AM PDT by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Nascardude

II was the best followed by I and III. IV was ok until they showed the Russian doping and then it got stupid.

I am not willing ot admit that Rocky V ever happened....


19 posted on 10/18/2005 7:48:14 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Pwner of Noobs)
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To: Ragtop

Yes, when I saw this thread I thought of that scene from Airplane. I don't remember which Rocky it was but it was something like Rocky 50.


20 posted on 10/18/2005 8:05:13 AM PDT by Maximus of Texas (Pull my finger)
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To: Maximus of Texas

I can't remember either, not that it matters. I'm terrible when it comes to Roman numerals. If it wasn't for the Super Bowl, I'd have no idea how to read them at all. I guess I'm a victim of public education or just plain laziness. Or maybe a little of both.


21 posted on 10/18/2005 8:12:37 AM PDT by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Ragtop

Roman numerals suck. I hate watching old TV shows and trying to figure out when they were first broadcasted based on the MMCCXXii at the end of the credits.


22 posted on 10/18/2005 8:32:20 AM PDT by Maximus of Texas (Pull my finger)
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To: Nascardude
This has box office bust written all over it.

It wasn't done by the same folks who managed Rocky V. Stallone said he was embarrassed by that one. And Rush thought it was pretty great.
23 posted on 12/20/2006 9:36:45 AM PST by aruanan
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