the movie scene in 1976. All told there were 5
Rocky movies, with
Rocky II in 1979,
Rocky III in 1982,
Rocky IV in 1985, Rocky 5 in 1990, and Rocky Balboa in 2006.
All movie starred Sylvestor Stallone as small-time boxer
Rocky Balboa. As far as the ratings go for the
Rocky movies, the ratings drop off like a graphed
downward line until the 2006 release, which received
similar ratings to Rocky II.
Fans of the film series will remember
that it starts out in 1976, with small-time boxer Rocky
Balboa getting a chance of a lifetime. Things
aren't going too well for Rocky at first. He works
as a loan shark collector and fights in back-alley clubs
for little reward, but when champion fighter Apollo
Creed challenges Rocky to a bout, Rocky finds himself up
to the challenge. In the end, Rocky loses on a
split decision, but he gains dignity and self-respect in
In Rocky II, Balboa attempts to ride the
coattails of his earlier success, only to find life
continues to be difficult. He realizes he must box
to make a living, and when Apollo challenges Rocky to a
rematch, this time Rocky delivers the goods, knocking
Apollo out in the 15th round and earning the title of
Heavyweight Champion of the World.
As the series rolled on, Rocky III found
Balboa fighting James "Clubber" Lang, played by Mr. T.,
and Rock IV finds Balboa fighting the Russian Ivan Drago,
played by Dolph Lundgren, in a grudge match in Russia.
Rocky V pits Balboa up with folks who want to shut down
his boxing club, and the final installment, Rocky Balboa
2006), finds Rocky once again in the ring, only to lose
with a draw (just like in the first film).