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My Favorite Sylvester Stallone movies!
Sylvester Stallone was born in 1946 in New York City. He had a tough childhood, growing up in a tough New York city neighborhood called Hell's Kitchen. His parents were divorced when he was, only, 9 years old. He, eventually, winded up living with his mother and moved to Philadelphia. There was a period of time in which Stallone was homeless. He did get some bit parts here and there, but his turning point was when he saw Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner.
It was during that time that he spent hours writing his blockbuster book "Rocky!" He was offered big money for his book, but he insisted on acting the lead role, which was a brilliant move on his part. For those who have a talent for writing and have been discouraged, take heed. Stallone went through hard times, but did not give up. His story is proof that talent plus persistence prevails.
That movie won many Academy awards and Rocky II, its sequel grossed 200 million dollars! Other movies would follow and Rocky would be known worldwide. It amazes me that one idea, one vision can turn things around. Human imagination is a powerful tool. Eventually, Stallone would portray John Rambo in First Blood and soar to greater heights. Sequels would be made and the saying--"He drew first blood" would be adapted nationwide.
My Favorite Stallone Movies!
Ok, Here are a list of my favorite Stallone movies. Some you may agree with and others you may not. Here are my five favorite movies! --
This movie was great. It shows how a down and out boxer became a overnight success. Burgess Meredith starred as Mick. A tough as nails trainer, who lost hope in Rocky and threw him out in the streets. Upon learning that Rocky was picked to fight Apollo Creed, Mick tracks down his former pupil and begs for a chance to train him.
You can feel for Rocky. The hurt feelings that were involved. How would you feel if someone belittled you and then came back begging for a chance to train you? Rocky, showed that he had a good heart and was beyond past hurts, giving Mick a chance to train him. Plus, it looked like love would come Rocky's way with Adrian.
Paulie, Adrian's brother set them up on a date. What follows was an intense romance, but Rocky took care not to mix training with pleasure. The final ending was great. It showed a cliffhanger. The champion, barely, winning the fight and Rocky, winning the heart of Adrian. Even though, he lost, his dignity was preserved. He stood toe-to-toe with the champ and in the long run, still had Adrian.
This movie was, also, great. It showed how Rocky tried to adapt to society after he retired. Apollo Creed, his pride hurt, wanted a rematch. Finally, financial conditions closed in on Rocky and he was forced to do a comeback. Adrian is against this and friction in the family follows. The turning point of the film was when his wife realizes what he is doing and when she recovers from a coma, (Caused by her pregnancy!) encourages him to win.
What follow is a slugfest between Creed and Balboa. The high part of the film is when Stallone knocks down Creed, but in the process, falls down. What follows is a nail-biter of a scene. Will Creed get up? Finally, Rocky gets back on his feet, Apollo is counted out and wins the World Championship. A happy ending for a hurt and bruised fighter!
Believe it or not, this was my favorite movie. It shows how Rocky had to retire for medical reasons. Ok, he made his money and doesn't have to worry about anything. Wrong! Because of a bad business deal with Paulie and a crooked accountant, he lost everything! It is amazing how Rocky could forgive Paulie for messing up his life, but family ties runs deep, I guess. Forced to move to his former neighborhood, Rocky tries to adapt.
A flashy promoter, George Washington Duke, tries to get him back in the ring, but his wife puts her foot down. In the process, Rocky trains an upcoming prospect called Tommy Gunn. Gunn does not stay with his manager and yokes himself with Washington Duke. Winning the world championship, Duke tries to put Tommy Gunn against Rocky. The plot was good up to this point, but I did not care much for the street fight at the end. Nevertheless, I give it four stars.
What are we? Fist! I liked this one, even though, it was not as successful as Rocky. Stallone plays a Labor Union boss Johnny Kovak, who tries to do good but is sucked in by the underworld. Based, somewhat, on the life of Jimmy Hoffa, this movie is a good one. The end justifies the means would be my definition of this movie. Fighting corrupt business leaders with corruption, Kovak stands up for the rights of the workers, but after a while, Congress catches up with him. What follows is an endless persecution and the mob, wanting to put a lid on this, gets rid of him and his family. A sad ending indeed, but a good movie to watch.
This is another one that is my favorite. This is a suspense-filled drama packed with a punch. Guest starring Billy Dee Williams, Stallone plays the role of Deke DaSilva, a Ace New York Detective who matches wits with a terrorist (Rutger Hauer). Used to fighting crime in the streets as a undercover, DaSilva and Fox (Billy Dee) are transferred to a Anti Terrorist Command squad, which is commanded by British Interpol Peter Hartman (Nigel Davenport) . At first, DaSilva and Hartman are at odds but eventually, they form a friendship. What follows is drama and action with a spectacular ending. A must see.
Ok, that is my take. What is your favorite Stallone movie? I think Stallone is a very talented actor and writer. His example in persistence should encourage us. Who knows? One of us can make a hit motion picture and be the next success story