Guy Lochhead, 30/08/10
Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 film tells the rags-to-riches story of Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer who gets a ‘shot at the big-time’ when the scheduled contender for the world heavyweight championship fight breaks his hand. The film was written in three days, and made in twenty-eight. It was filmed entirely around Philadelphia, and cost ‘only’ $1 million. I want to include this film, despite its ridiculousness. It’s almost a parody of the ‘inspiring sports movie’ genre, but still works; it’s an exciting film. The production is interesting too, with Stallone’s story mirroring Balboa’s. It’s a DIY affair, on a larger scale.

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