Rocky Balboa details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Geraldine Hughes, Antonio Tarver, Tony Burton, James Francis Kelly, Bert Sugar, Max Kellerman, Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Sport|
|Studio:||20th CENTURY FOX|
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 May 2007|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Rocky Balboa steps into the ring for the last time to face heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.
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Decent closing of a mediocre franchiseBy McClennan (424 reviews) from St Helens , 01 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]A surprise in the end that it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it was going to be, which isn't to say that this film is consistently good because it's not. In fact, the first hour of the film is standard Rocky territory with badly written dialogue and heavy-handed direction to emphasise to us that things just-aren't-the-same-as-they-used-to-be. It's choc full of the franchise cliches and really doesn't drift from them, delivering what you expect in terms of story. If you want to see the same film as you've seen several times before then you'll be happy. However that isn't to say that there's not some good moments in the film because there is. Despite his success the main character's post-career progress rings with a believable truth and although he doesn't quite give us the character study that we want, Stallone shows glimpses of a man tinged with a sadness that you sympathise with. To me though it didn't feel that the character was aware of the sadness that I felt for his situation as he seemed relatively happy doing what he was doing. Beyond the poor dialogue and predictable script there's some nice touches and comments about the current state of world heavyweight boxing, America and a terribly cheesy speech to a teenager that does actually work. It's when we get to the final act that the film steps up a bit with the training montage and then some great camera work and editing as the main fight comes onto the screen. The fight itself starts well but within seconds you're into Rockyworld and the realism disappears (one of my main criticisms of the first film). Eventually the character's honesty and sincerity wins you over leaving you with a strangely moving end as the film becomes the epitaph for a character that has dominated Stallone's life for so long.
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Amazing last film they need to keep making em.By funentertainment (44 reviews) , 15 Feb 2013Triumphent knockout , rocky goes throo emotional loses adrians gone his son an he supports each other and paulie get the family together by showing the world thsat rocky will never be treated bad , an masterpiece.
You Need a Montage...By WongOrWhite (113 reviews) , 07 Jan 2013| just love this whole film franchise...I wholeheartedly and unashamedly admit it...from the cheesy training montages, cheesier plots and even cheesier speeches...and this film does not disappoint...granted, he looks a little worse for wear (a little bit melty) but underneath the droopy skin, he is still the Italian Stallion...only misses out on half a mark if you compare it to Rocky III/IV...
Date movie.By DanDanDan (4 reviews) , 20 Oct 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI hope I give this film the credit it deserves with my review, I've just finished watching it as I write and have to say that I love it. It definitely wasn't a fast moving film to begin with; (but it definitely was at the end) In fact it was very emotional for me. I'm a 40 yr old man, who cuts his knuckles and hurts himself a lot at work, and it doesn't really bother me. In other words: I'm not soft. But, For the first half of the film though, I was fighting off tears. I hadn't realised that Sly Stallone could be such a good actor. He really did give it his all, and I felt the loneliness, the grief, the love for his son, the good feeling helping someone for no-other-reason than helping someone, the elation you feel when you have a good influence and see its results. And the lovely dog too.
I can see that this could be a good date-movie??? I can't say for certain, but If Die Hard 2 can be a christmas movie then, anything is possible.
Vive la differance.
Rocky bows out with graceBy DopeyDad (12 reviews) from Watford , 13 Oct 2012Stallone says farewell to the character that started his movie career, and does so with style and dignity.
Shelve any prejudice you may have about Stallone's acting or writing; this film is wonderfully written and surprisingly touching. Rocky is now well into middle-age, and yet he can't seem to let go of the past. Everybody he cared about is dead; Apollo Creed, Mickey and most importantly Adrian. So Rocky fills his days as best he can, his only link to the past being his cynical, negative brother-in-law Paulie (played by Burt Young). Rocky knows he needs to move on, he just doesn't know how.
There are many very touching moments in this film, but perhaps none more than when Rocky and Paulie are visiting the site of the old ice rink where Rocky and Adrian courted. Rocky says how good the old days were and a tearful Paulie (in probably the longest speech I've heard him say) spits 'You had the good times Rocky, you loved her and took care of her. I was her brother and I treated her like crap!' And you see for the first time the years of regret and shame that have underpinned Paulie's negativity.
And Rocky does indeed bow out with grace and dignity, admired and respected, with the future looking brighter than it had.
Farewell Rocky, you're the Champ...
Rocky never disappoints!By JamesBond007 (9 reviews) , 19 Aug 2012After all these years, Rocky never loses its appeal. One of the best film franchises of all time. Must watch.