The Making of ‘Rocky’

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Rocky, the Oscar-winning movie about an underdog boxer from Philadelphia – written and portrayed by a then-relatively unknown actor – debuted in theaters in late 1976.

Tomorrow, June 9, 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic, a documentary chronicling the making of the global blockbuster, will be available to stream for $2.99 ($1.99 in SD) from iTunes/AppleTV, Amazon, Vimeo and Google Play. (For international readers, the film will be released outside North America under the title Becoming Rocky: The Birth of a Classic). 

Derek Wayne Johnson wrote, directed and co-produced the documentary. It is narrated by Sylvester Stallone (aka Rocky Balboa) and offers rarely seen behind-the-scenes footage of cast members Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith and Carl Weathers.

Rocky was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Stallone for best screenplay, and took home the Best Picture Oscar. John G. Avildsen also won for Best Director.

The film spawned seven sequels. According to recent estimates, the franchise has taken in more than $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide.

Where to Stream All Eight Rocky Films

Rocky (1976) – Watch with a Fubo TV subscription or via Showtime add-ons to Amazon Prime and Hulu; or rent for $3.99 from YouTube, Vudu and other providers.

Rocky II (1979) – Rent for $3.99 from Amazon, YouTube or other providers.

Rocky III (1982) – Rent for $3.99 from Google Play, iTunes or other providers.

Rocky IV (1985) – Rent for $3.99 from Amazon, Vudu or other providers.

Rocky V (1990) – Rent for $3.99 from Google Play, YouTube or other providers.

Rocky Balboa (2006) – Watch with a Fubo TV subscription or via Showtime add-ons to Amazon Prime and Hulu; or rent for $3.99 from YouTube, Vudu and other providers.

Creed (2015) – Rent for $3.99 from FandangoNow, iTunes or other providers.

Creed II (2018) – Watch with subscriptions to Amazon Prime or Hulu. It is also available to purchase for $12.99 from Google Play, Vudu or other providers.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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