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Rocky Balboa & Philly Go the Distance

Monday, November 21, 2016

Forty years ago, a movie about an underdog boxer in Philadelphia became the ultimate underdog. Rocky, written and starring Sylvester Stallone as main character Rocky Balboa, premiered this week in 1976 and went on to win three, Oscars, Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing, out of its 10 nominations. The little film that could had a rumored budget of under $1 million dollars and, to date, has grossed more than $225 million. The pop culture phenomena that is Rocky has crossed multiple generations and driven the original film and its six sequels to box-office success with a total franchise gross of more than $1 billion dollars (and counting). Philadelphia in the 1970s, like Balboa, was an underdog due to decades of turbulence from crime, corruption and civil unrest. Though, like Balboa, the city endured... [Read More]


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