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Movie Review: Rocky 3

Updated on August 6, 2014

Rocky Balboa vs. Clubber Lang

Rocky is knocked out for the first time in his career and it was done by Clubber Lang. Rocky must train hard to win the rematch and reclaim the championship.
Rocky is knocked out for the first time in his career and it was done by Clubber Lang. Rocky must train hard to win the rematch and reclaim the championship. | Source

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Rocky Faces New Challenges

Rocky 3 came out in theaters in 1982 and it was an instant hit. Rocky was living the rich life and making easy title defenses ever since beating Apollo Creed. Meanwhile a new contender emerges named Clubber Lang and he is hungry and vicious.

Rocky decides to go in training camp to box Clubber but unfortunately his trainer and father figure, Mickey dies of heart failure just before the first bout. To be honest this was a drama filled moment for followers of this movie series because Mick was a big part of the films.

Rocky's Trainer Mickey Passes Away

Rocky's trainer and father figure Mickey died of a heart attack in Rocky 3.
Rocky's trainer and father figure Mickey died of a heart attack in Rocky 3. | Source

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The Italian Stallion vs. Clubbed Lang

First Bout

Rocky entered the ring to fight Clubber Lang after seeing Mickey fall ill in the locker room. The combination of Mickey dying in the locker room, Rocky living the good life and Clubber Lang's power and will, Rocky took a solid beating in the first and was floored. In the second Lang put Rocky on the mat for the ten count to win the heavyweight title. Fight one was over quickly and it was devastating and brutal. Grade: B


Training

After Mickey's funeral Rocky begins training with old nemesis Apollo Creed for a rematch with Clubber. Creed focused on Rocky using footwork, rhythm and becoming the boxer at times rather than the slugger. The training was kind of dull with nothing new other than the two boxers running on the beach. Grade: C-


The Final Bout


Rocky boxed Clubber Lang which confused him because he expected Rocky to go to war. However after some early success Lang still managed to do big time damage in the middle of the match. In the end Rocky does what no one thought he could. The match showed to many scenes that would not occur in the actual sport of boxing. Grade: C-

Rocky and Apollo Training

Rocky has Apollo Creed as his new trainer when he signs to fight Clubber Lang for their second bout.
Rocky has Apollo Creed as his new trainer when he signs to fight Clubber Lang for their second bout. | Source

Grading Rocky 3

Plot: The storyline is actually not bad at all. Rocky wins the title from Apollo and defends it ten times over the next three years. The bouts were simple and Rocky began slacking in training and living like a celebrity instead of a pure athlete. A hungry, undefeated destroyer is ready to fight Rocky and he is ranked number 1 in the world. Grade: A

Acting: The acting by Sly Stallone, Talia Shire and Even Carl Waethers became a little preordained if you will. As if I knew what they were gonna say. Mr. T was not bad at all but nothing to write home about. The bright spot was Burt Young who played a drunk and jealous Uncle Paulie. Grade: C+

Music: As usual the music is mostly motivational and used to describe the story. The music is not bad at all but the soundtrack was a too small without enough music. The one bright spot was "Eye of the Tiger". Grade: B

Drama: The scene where mainstay Mickey passes away is very intense but otherwise the film lacked any drama whatsoever. Grade: D

Action/Fight Scenes: The training was a bit overdone and although the main fight was okay it was not true to the sport. Rocky would stagger all over the squared circle and the ref would just let it happen. Grade: C-

Directing: Stallone directed and wrote all the Rocky's and he does a good job detailing dramatic moments such as Mickey's passing and of course the fight scenes. My only knock on this movie is that it does not follow all of the real boxing rules such as the boxers never hold and no fights get stopped even when a boxer is being pummeled. Grade: B

Rocky Toy Action Figure

The popularity of the Rocky franchise led to the creation of Rocky action figures.
The popularity of the Rocky franchise led to the creation of Rocky action figures. | Source

Stars of The Third Rocky Film

Sly Stallone
Mr. T
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Carl Weathers
Burgess Merideth
 
 
 
 
 
 
The six main stars of Rocky 3 are listed above.

Cast and Crew

Sylvester Stallone- He plays Rocky in all six Rocky films. Grade: A-

Talia Shire- She plays Rock's wife, Adrienne. Grade: B

Carl Weathers- He plays as boxer Apollo Creed and appears in the first 4 Rocky movies. Grade: B-

Mr. T- He plays as boxing contender Clubber Lang: Grade: C+

Burgess Merideth- He stars as Rocky's trainer Mickey in the first three movies in the franchise. Grade: A

Burt Young- He plays as Adrienne's brother Paulie. Good actor. Grade: A

Rocky Beats Clubber To The Body

Rocky lost the first fight to Clubber Lang but won the rematch dramatically.
Rocky lost the first fight to Clubber Lang but won the rematch dramatically. | Source

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Mr. T's Biggest T.V. Moments

Mr. T has been in several films including Rocky 3, D.C. Cab, and Penitentiary 2 and he has been a guest on lots of television shows including Different Strokes, Blossom and The Simpsons. It's his work as B.A. Barskus on the A-Team television series that made him a household name though.

Mr. T also wrestled and referred for a short time with the WWF (Now the WWE) and even made an appearance in a Wrestlemania event.

Official Trailer For Rocky 3

Rocky 3 Box Office Stats and Awards

The song "Eye of the Tiger" which was written and performed by the music group Survivor was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award.

Rocky 3 was nominated for several Image awards including Best Motion Picture.

Rocky 3 Movie Clip

Rocky 3 Training Montage

Final Thoughts....

I found Rocky 3 to be the lesser of all the six Rocky movies except of course for Rocky 5 which was weak to say the least. Rocky 3 as a whole is worth the watch and the storyline is not bad but it just gets mundane. Mickey dying was indeed dramatic but after that it was no more drama just train for the bout and box it. Biggest complaint on all the Rocky films is that real boxing is far different than what the films show.

Overall Grade: C+

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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