Video — June 12, 2014 at 12:17 am

Rocky – behind the scenes with John Avildsen and Lloyd Kaufman

rocky-1976-avildsen-stalloneIn 1975, John Avildsen directed a low-budget boxing drama, written by a little known actor named Sylvester Stallone.

A story of a small-time boxer who gets a chance to go head to head with the heavyweight champion, was made on a budget of around $1 million, and was a sleeper hit, earning $225 million globally, and becoming the highest grossing film of 1976. It also received three Oscars.

“Rocky” earned Stallone worldwide fame, and spawned five sequels: Rocky II, III, IV, V and Rocky Balboa, all written by and starring Stallone, who also directed all sequels except for Rocky V (which was directed again by Avildsen).

Below is an interesting behind the scenes footage of Rocky, narrated by Avildsen himself and Lloyd Kaufman, who had a bit part in the first film, but went on to found Troma Studios in 1974, one of the longest running independent film companies.

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