Overview of Rocky
What famous museum is shown in the "Rocky" movies?
Hi I'm Charlie McKeague for About.com and today we will be providing an overview of the iconic sports movie "Rocky."The story is set in 1975 Philadelphia and revolves around a struggling boxer named "Rocky Balboa" played by Sylvester Stallone. To make ends meet, Rocky spends his time outside the ring as a debt collector for a local loan shark, a job he is not thrilled to have.His coach, Mickey Goldmill, believes he could make it to the top if he puts in the time and effort. But Rocky remains unconvinced until the current Heavyweight Champion, Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, picks Rocky for an exhibition fight. For Creed, the fight is more or less a promotional stunt, advertised as a chance for a "nobody" to become "somebody."What follows is arguably the most well-recognized fight song and training montage in the history of sports movies. Though Rocky's training methods, drinking raw eggs and punching frozen cow carcasses, are debatable, his will to endure anything for his dreams is not. This is best captured by the famous scene where Rocky is running the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.Rocky enters the ring ready and able to face Apollo Creed. The fight lasts the full 15 rounds with a constant back forth between the champ and the ultimate underdog. Even though Rocky loses the match, the fight establishes him as a legitimate world contender. But for Rocky the only thing he seeks out after the last bell is the love of his life, Adrian, played by Talia Shire. The movie ends with two in a loving embrace.Rocky is the first movie that Sylvester Stallone both starred in and wrote and is credited with launching his career as a world-renowned actor.The movie won three Academy Awards including Best Picture and was nominated for seven others. In 2006, it was made a part of the the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress for its cultural and artistic significance.Another testament to to the movie's success is the Rocky Balboa statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Stallone for Rocky III, the statue was made a permanent part of the museum in honor of the Rocky movies.To this day, tourists, fans and even professional athletes and celebrities can be spotted running up the now-famous museum steps. For more on the Italian Stallion, check out About.com
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