Rocky III Movie Summary
Rocky III picks up, literally, exactly where Rocky II left off. When I say literally, I mean it as the famous final seconds of the epic rematch between Apollo Creed and Balboa are shown. Following this bout against Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa becomes the heavyweight champion of the world. The guitar riff starts and Rocky III introduces us to what will soon become a Rocky staple – the music video montage.
The montage, played to Survivor’s classic “Eye of the Tiger”, show s the only thing Rocky films know: juxtaposition. Only this time the roles are reversed. We see Rocky living in the lap of luxury, hand- picked opponents resulting in easy knockouts, commercials, endorsements, and even a guest appearance on The Muppet Show.
Meanwhile, Clubber Lang (a name as subtle and clever as Bludgeoner Smith), played by B.A. Barracus, or Ricky Schroeder’s bodyguard for some of you, is working his way up through the ranks of professional boxing. This dude is tough and, above all, mean which makes him the perfect bad guy and antagonist to the affable Balboa. He has a Mohawk and a vicious right hook. He is even allowed to manhandle referees and punch his opponent while they are down.READ THE FULL SUMMARY
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