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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