"The Italian Stallion" Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has just won about 40 dollars in a boxing match. It doesn't matter who he fought because he's worse than what Rocky is as a fighter. You see Rocky Balboa had the makings of a first class boxer. Instead he took a job as a knee breaker for some thug. You know the guy who goes and gets the money when you don't pay.
Everybody knows that he is a bum. The owner of Mickey's Gym has already given his locker away to some up and comer. Mick (Burgess Meredith) tells Rocky he's a bum because of the work he's doing. Now Rocky really doesn't know what he wants. He wants to fight but he's not fighting anyone worthwhile.
He heads into a pet shop where he bought some turtle food because there is a girl by the name of Adrian (Talia Shire) that he likes. You have to understand that Adrian is not the beauty queen by any means. She really doesn't know how to act around men. She is as shy as shy can get.
Rocky runs into her brother Paulie (Burt Young) at a bar and the two talk about Adrian. Paulie wants Rocky to take his sister out just to get her out of the house. Rocky ends up going over to the house and tries to ask her our but it doesn't go well. Eventually the two will go out and they end up at a ice rink to skate.
Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is the Heavyweight Champion he wants to fight an up and coming boxer, you know to give them a break. Knowing that he will probably knock them out in the first couple of rounds. Rocky goes to meet Apollo thinking that he wants to spar with him. It is now where Rocky is told that Apollo actually wants to fight him. The time has come for Rocky to see what it's like in the big time. The opportunity to fight the Heavyweight Champion is a dream come true. The rest of the story you will have to watch the movie to find out.
Rocky is the American Dream. 'Rocky' the movie is what the American way has been about all these years, the under dog.
Director John G. Avildsen has brought us an American experience. This is one of those movies that if you have never seen then you must. It brings with it a spirit that in some ways no longer exists in the American mainstream. That a person can achieve something on their abilities.This is a movie that when you walk out of the theater or you get up from the couch you feel as if you are a champion. Enjoy.