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ROCKY BALBOA


Year: 2006
USA: MGM Distribution
UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, Milo Ventimiglia, Tony Burton, A J Benza, James Francis Kelly III, Talia Shire, Lou DiBella, Mike Tyson, Henry G Sanders, Pedro Lovell, Ana Gerena, Angela Boyd, Louis Giansante, Maureen Schilling, Lahmard Tate, Woodrow W Paige, Skip Bayless, Jay Crawford, Brian Kenny, Dana Jacobson, Chuck Johnson, James J Binns, Johnnie Hobbs, Jr, Barney Fitzpatrick, Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant, Max Kellerman, LeRoy Neiman, Bert Randolph Sugar, Bernard Fernandez, Gunnar Peterson, Yahya, Mark Ratner, Anthony Lato, Jr, Jack Lazzarado, Michael Buffer, Joe Cortez, Carter Mitchell, Vinod Kumar, Fran Pultro, Frank Stallone, Jr, Jody Giambelluca, Tobias Segal, Tim Carr, Matt Frack, Paul Dion Monte, Kevin King-Templeton, Robert Michael Kelly, Rick Buchborn, Nick Baker, Don Sherman, Stu Nahan, Gary Compton
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Country: USA
USA & UK: 102 mins
USA Rated: PG for boxing violence and some language
UK Certificate: 12A contains infrequent moderate boxing violence
USA Release Date: 20 December 2006
UK Release Date: 19 January 2007


Synopsis

Thirty years ago he was a man with no future, working for a small time loan shark on the South Side of Philadelphia. When blind luck landed him the chance to enter the ring against reigning champ Apollo Creed, it was the million-to-one-shot of a lifetime. And all he wanted was to go the distance. His courage and perseverance, both in life and in the ring, gave hope to millions.

Now, glory has come and gone and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), the one-time Italian Stallion, spends his evenings telling old stories to the patrons of his restaurant, Adrian's, named after his late wife, whom he quietly mourns. His son (Milo Ventimiglia) doesn't want to spend time with him; he's too busy trying to live his own life. Time and knocks have humbled Rocky, deformed his fists, slouched his shoulders and taken away all he had except his old stories, but in his heart he's still the same man.

In his heart, he's still a fighter.

Mason "The Line" Dixon is the reigning heavyweight champion distinguished only by the ease with which he took the title. Since he has never had to prove himself, never faced a truly equal opponent, he is considered by fans to be all skill and no heart, with no real future in the sport...

Until a computer simulation matches him against Rocky Balboa in his prime. Who really would win if the two were evenly matched - Dixon's skillful jabs and footwork versus Rocky's passion and blunt force trauma? Dixon's manager has an idea how to revitalize his client's career and suddenly, heavyweight boxing captures the public's imagination again.

It seems like a lark, a joke even. But to Rocky, nearly twice the age of his opponent, the prospect of a fight with Dixon is the second chance he never thought he'd get - a billion-to-one shot to prove to himself and to those he loves that while the body changes, the heart only grows stronger.

MGM Pictures presents writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone's return to the character that launched his career and became a cultural icon around the world. The Revolution Pictures and Chartoff/Winkler Production is the final chapter in the 30-year saga that began in 1976 with ROCKY, a film that, like its title character, came out of nowhere to make history - breaking box office records and winning Oscars for Best Picture, Directing and Editing out of an astounding 10 nominations.

Like its predecessor, ROCKY BALBOA is written and stars Stallone, who also directs and produces. Reprising their roles from the original are Burt Young as Paulie, Rocky's conflicted lifelong friend and brother-in-law, who has appeared in all 6 ROCKY films; and Pedro Lovell as Spider, a one-time opponent who now lingers at Rocky's restaurant because he has no where else to go. Joining the cast is light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver who stars as Mason "The Line" Dixon, the film's reigning champion of the world.










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