My 50 Favorite Flicks • #15

Going the distance to #15…

Rocky (1976)
15
Heart, Soul, Muscle.  That is Rocky. What a damn great movie this is.  So many interesting characters. Pauly, Adrienne, Micky, Rocky, Apollo, Cuff and Link!  Rocky is just a brute with a heart of gold in this film and wants to prove it to himself and everyone that he has what it takes to be something.  The fact that he loses, but celebrates going the distance with the champ is just a piece of storytelling that we don’t have nowadays.  The following sequals lost the charm, but were still extremely enjoyable. It wasn’t until Rocky Balboa did I feel like the real Rocky character returned.