Rocky Revisited: 40 Years of Stallone’s Sports Saga doesn’t pull any punches as it explores the history of Sylvester Stallone’s signature character—the million-to-one-shot boxer, Rocky Balboa—and his many movies. Now a new generation has discovered The Italian Stallion with the current hit, Creed, the highest-grossing, best-reviewed Rocky picture in decades!
Amazingly, the first film almost didn’t get made. Shot in 28 days on a shoestring budget, Rocky starred an unknown actor, Stallone, who had written the script himself in a spiral notebook. Released in just a handful of theaters, Rocky went on to become the biggest hit of 1976, winning three Oscars including Best Picture. The film’s success paved the way for a billion-dollar franchise that, like the champ himself, flew high only to hit rock-bottom before finding latter-day redemption.
Designed for both casual and die-hard fans alike (ages 10 and up recommended), this fast-paced, multimedia program explores the inspirations for characters, stories and settings throughout the series, and follows the backstage drama behind all the films, from writing and casting the movies to their critical and sometimes caustic receptions.
• Perfect for 2016 Teen/Adult Summer Reading Programs (Theme: Wellness, Fitness and Sports).
• Creed DVD release date: March 1, 2016; Netflix/Redbox: April, 2016.
• 2016 is the 40th Anniversary of Rocky winning three Oscars, including Best Picture.