Three decades after “Rocky” burst onto the American film scene and made Sylvester Stallone a star, it can be hard to remember that the film was every bit as much of an underdog as its eponymous hero.
CineVegas programmer Mike Plante observes that ” ‘Rocky’ may be one of the first successful independent movies. It was a little movie made in a scrappy fashion with a lot of heart, nobody wanted to give Stallone a chance, and it became a huge crossover hit.”
In honor of “Rocky’s” 30th anni, Stallone will become the first recipient of the newly monickered CineVegas and Brand Theaters star. He will have a walk-of-fame style star dedicated in his honor in the lobby of the Brand Theaters at the Palms and will speak before a screening of “Rocky.”
Stallone says ” ‘Rocky’ was fueled by reckless optimism and a willingness to cooperate with the parties involved to make it happen: flexible on some points, inflexible on others. It was a give-and-take, push-and-pull attitude that made it happen.”
He has been absent from bigscreen starring roles for several years now, but returns this December with “Rocky Balboa,” the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise.
Contrary to some reports, the film doesn’t have Rocky fighting for the championship again. Instead, the ex-champ is facing old age and reluctant even to get back in the ring for a charity match.
Of the original he says “‘Rocky’ was presented a time when the social and studio climate were right. Quite often a script is out of sync with the mood of the system.
“But people with vision, ‘independents,’ can see the value of a piece when others such as bureaucrats cannot.
“Relatable material works and soars when matched with people who share a true passion with the filmmakers.”