(Review originally written at 5 June 2005)

This is easily the best sport movie ever made but the movie is way more than a boxing movie. It's also one of the best drama-movies I have ever seen.

Reason why "Rocky" is a classic is of Sylvester Stallone. Believe it or not, he really deserved that Oscar nomination for best actor. Why? Because he simply IS Rocky. He plays the character so well with so much passion that he can be regarded as one of the best and most memorable movie characters in movie history. The movie is filled with strong solid character, I especially love how the unusual friendship between Rocky and Paulie is portrayed. Talia Shire is also very impressive as shy young woman. The love-story between her and Rocky is done very well and in a believable way.

The movie its main focus is on the drama and only the last 30 minutes of the movie really focuses on the boxing. So really, you don't have to be a boxing fan to like this movie, this movie should be enjoyable and unforgettable for everybody. The story is told in a good slow pace and it pays attention to the character's emotions and struggles. The story of 'underdog' has been much copied ever since in many movies and in many different variations but nothing has ever came close to "Rocky"'s level.

The music by Bill Conti is also of course unforgettable and is also something that brings the movie to the next level.

Even though the movie is mainly a drama, the best scene's are still the boxing sequence's. They are filmed very well and are very spectacular to watch time after time. You'll simply never get tired of those scene's!

In my opinion a real classic!


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