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Rocky Balboa

It ain't over 'til it's over 

Year: 2007 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  
An image from Rocky Balboa

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia

After 16 years Sly Stallone is back in his legendary role as Rocky, Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Classic characters, well-loved by any true Rocky Fan, such as Paulie, and Tony and Rocky’s son, Rocky Jr, return in this latest instalment to help Rocky overcome his new challenge, Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon. But how is our retired hero to succeed? Well, the conclusion is a fitting and heart-warming one, especially after the disappointment many might have suffered from the previous film, Rocky V.

For our hearts to stir once more when we heard the Rocky theme tune in cinemas again was much to the surprise of film-goers, especially fans and critics. The return of the now 61 year old Mr. Sylvester Stallone in his critically acclaimed role astounded them, but the fact that old ‘Sly’ still managed to pen and direct his own work after all these years and still come out on top even more so. He has been quoted as saying, “I think the people who have been so supportive and loyal will be happy with the final chapter in Rocky Balboa's life because I think we bring the character to a final and noble conclusion.” Most would agree, as the cinematography trumps that of all the previous films and is worthy of the acclaim given to the original.

Stallone’s acting style speaks volumes, as he still manages to pull off the character he played oh-so-many years ago, and is impressive to watch. Young also gives a terrific, humorous performance in his supporting role, much to the enjoyment of viewers. The new addition of Tarver, a real fighter, would usually raise eyebrows, but it is gob-smacking how well the character is played out for someone with no previous acting experience.

Rocky Balboa is an inspiration to anyone who feels their life is ‘past their sell by date’. Note-worthy are the two speeches Rocky gives, which would put the sincerest of smiles on anyone’s face. If you’re a fan it’s a must-see. If you’re not a fan, you should still see it as there are enough flashbacks (not to mention the hearsay of others!) that will still leave you feeling touched.

Samilia Ekeocha

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Screenings of this film:

2006/2007 Summer Term (35mm)
2006/2007 Summer Term (35mm)