As the fight ends, an exhausted Apollo Creed says, “Ain’t gonna be no rematch.” An equally weary Rocky Balboa answers, “Don’t want one.”
But of course, there was Rocky II, III, and then I lost track. Regardless of the way the series devolved, the original Rocky is a terrific movie, though the Best Picture it won over All the President’s Men, Network, and Taxi Driver is quite a stretch.
Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay, and desperately wanted to play the lead. The studios liked the story, but doubted Stallone’s ability to draw crowds. United Artists took the chance, and they were rewarded with one of the most profitable movies in film history. The picture cost $1.1 million to make; combining domestic and overseas revenue, it brought in over $342 million.
The training sequence, performed to Bill Conti’s memorable “Gonna Fly Now” instrumental, is one of the movies’ all-time most inspirational moments. A statue of Rocky Balboa now adorns the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, site of the scene’s triumphant conclusion.
Rocky has been recognized on eight of the American Film Institute’s “100 Years” lists including: …100 Movies (#57), …Movie Quotes – “Yo, Adrian!” (#80), …Heroes and Villains (#7), …Sports (#2), and …Songs – “Gonna Fly Now” (#58).