Rocky is a sports drama film that follows the character Rocky Balboa from club boxer through to the World Heavyweight Championship bout. The film was released in 1976 after being shot in just 28 days with a total budget of just $1 million. The movie turned out to be a hit and was a major critical and box office success making about $225 million. Not only was it the highest grossing film of the year, but it also won 3 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
Who directed Rocky?
Rocky was directed by John G. Avildsen, who won his only Oscar for his work on the film. The film gave a massive boost to Avildsen’s career and he went on to direct other hit films such as “The Karate Kid” and “The Power of One.” However, his career probably didn’t quite reach the heights that many expected after the success of Rocky. Avildsen didn’t direct the next two Rocky sequels, but was persuaded to come back to direct Rocky V, which was only a modest success. With just $1 million and less than a month for filming he will always be remembered for his skill in making a low budget film a major success!
Did you know?
Rocky was written by Sylvester Stallone who also starred in the film. The success of the film made Stallone a major star and spawned 5 sequel films!
John G. Avildsen directed 7 different actors, including Stallone, to Oscar nominations for Best Actor. However, only 1 actor that he directed won the award under his direction.