Cinema: The Contender

ROCKY

Directed by JOHN AVILDSEN

Screenplay by SYLVESTER STALLONE

Rocky is a club fighter—THE ITALIAN STALLION, as he styles himself on the bathrobe he wears into the seedy boxing rings he works in his native Philadelphia. His style is crude, and he is aging none too gracefully. To supplement his boxing earnings he serves as muscle for a loan shark.

A certain sensitivity lurks beneath his dull manner, however. He goes all gooey, for instance, over his pet turtles, Cuff and Link. And the lady who works in the pet shop (Talia Shire) exerts a claim on his shy heart, though of course he has...

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