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Western Times - - LIFE / TV GUIDE -

Thurs­day, gem, 7.30pm, PG (1976)

One of the best sports movies ever made, this stars Sylvester Stal­lone (pic­tured), who is a knock­out as the jour­ney­man boxer who gets a “one-in-a-mil­lion shot” at heavy­weight glory. Stal­lone wrote the screen­play in three days and fought as hard as his char­ac­ter, Rocky Bal­boa, to be cast as the boxer. In many ways the story – fleshed out by ex­cel­lent per­for­mances from Talia Shire as Stal­lone’s in­tro­verted girl­friend and Burgess Mered­ith as his trainer – echoes Stal­lone’s own at­tempt to break into Hol­ly­wood.

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