With Rocky Balboa, the improbable sixth (and presumably last) instalment of the boxing franchise, having just hit cinema screens, there has seldom been a better time to revisit the original Rocky (TVB Pearl, today at 9.35pm). Given the trajectory of his career over the past decade and the increasing silliness of the Rocky saga before that, it's easy to forget how good Sylvester Stallone is as the eponymous mumbling underdog in this seminal 1976 yarn. It's also easy to overlook how well this film stands up against heavier hitters from 1970s Hollywood cinema. As well as flooring the likes of Taxi Driver, Network and All the President's Men to win the 1977 best picture Oscar, Rocky garnered best supporting actor nominations for Burt Young (as Rocky's slobbish friend Paulie) and Burgess Meredith (as wizened trainer Mickey; top left, with Stallone) and a best actress nod for Talia Shire (the mousy object of the boxer's affections, Adrian). It also garnered best actor and best screenplay nominations for its writer/star Stallone, a double whammy that had previously been achieved only by Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles - illustrious company indeed. The storyline follows the struggling boxer as he is catapulted from part-time pugilist to No 1 contender after peacocky World Heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers, bottom left) elects to fight a 'nobody' to celebrate the US bicentenary. What begins as a publicity stunt for Creed culminates in the fight of his life as Rocky uses every ounce of his strength and courage - not to mention a stirring theme tune and an iconic training montage - to grab the opportunity with both gloves. An unlikely turn of events? Sure, but as the tagline says, his whole life was a million-to-one shot. In a similar vein is Cinderella Man (Star Movies, Saturday at 9pm), which tells the tale of seemingly washed-up 1930s American Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe), who gets one last chance at the big time. Directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code), and co-starring Renee Zellweger as Braddock's wife and the excellent Paul Giamatti as his manager, this film packs a punch, the emotional drama offset by some savage fight sequences - although you probably won't be chanting Braddock's name and humming the theme tune at the end.