Rocky's Rocky Road to Immortality
"Rocky" won three Academy Awards in 1976 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing).
The film was also nominated for seven other Oscars—Best Actor (Sylvester Stallone), Best Actress (Talia Shire), Best Supporting Actor (Burgess Meredith, Burt Young), Original Screenplay (Sylvester Stallone), Sound (Harry Warren Tetrick, William McCaughey, Lyle Burbridge and Bud Alper) and Original Song ("Gonna Fly Now"—Bill Conti, music; Carol Connors and Any Robbins, lyrics).
The American Film Institute (AFI) voted "Rocky" 78th greatest movie ever made. In addtion, Rocky Balboa was voted by the AFI the 7th greatest American movie hero behind Aticus Finch (Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), James Bond (Sean Connery), Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca"), Will Kane (Gary Cooper in "High Noon") and Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster in "Silence of the Lambs").
Stallone went on to be one of Hollywood's highest paid performers, making as much as $20 million for a picture.
The sixth film about Rocky, "Rocky Balboa," is scheduled for December 2006 release.
The Philadelphia Museum
Certain scenes from the first Rocky film are etched in the memories of all who saw it. Among them: Stallone's pre-dawn training breakfast where he swallowed a glass of raw eggs; the incredibly realistic choreography of the fight scenes; the horrifying ending of the fight where Rocky's swollen eyelids were slit with a razor so he could see; and, of course, the scene where he ran up the steps of the Museum in one of his final workouts and danced around in gleeful acknowledgment that he was in shape for the fight.
Since then, tens of thousands of Philadelphians and visitors from around the world have pounded up the museum's 72 steps and danced on the great promenade that overlooks America's fifth largest city.
It is a ritualistic celebration of the great American success stories of Rocky (fictional) and Sly Stallone (very real).