Boxing gloves have been a part of Sylvester Stallone's on-screen wardrobe for 37 years. His best is still his first: "Rocky." This movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1976.
In "Rocky," Stallone plays Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer in Philadelphia. Rocky also makes money collecting debts for a loan shark. He woos an awkward, but similarly tempered woman by adopting animals from the pet store where she works. Adrian (played by Talia Shire) and Rocky soon discover that they bring out the best in each other. The current heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers), decides he wants his next fight to be with an unknown fighter. Creed choses Rocky since he likes his nickname: the "Italian Stallion." He also thinks it will ultimately lead to a more profitable night.
"Rocky" feature a memorable performance from Sylvester Stallone. He shows that Rocky is someone who can develop the physical and mental toughness required for a major public challenge. His performance earned him an Oscar nomination. The film also features an Oscar nominated performance from Talia Shire. She does an effective job showing Adrian blossom into a confident and assertive partner.
The movie features great boxing scenes. Among the best are the opening scene and the final fight between Rocky and Apollo. The film also has good training scenes. One of the more famous scenes in the movie features Rocky using meat as a punching bag.
"Rocky's" thirty-year plus appeal is due to its rendering of a great American underdog story, as well as its depiction of a seductive love story.