Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in 1976 boxing drama Rocky, which won three Oscars and spawned seven sequels. Photo: Alamy

Classic American films: Rocky – John G Avildsen’s boxing drama is not the film people remember

  • The original Rocky is unrelentingly downbeat for most of its runtime, with very little air-punching triumph – and not much boxing either
  • A seduction scene that looks more like coercion, and an undercurrent of racial anxiety that today feels a bit like racism, don’t help
Topic |   American films

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Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in 1976 boxing drama Rocky, which won three Oscars and spawned seven sequels. Photo: Alamy
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