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On DVD/VOD: March 20, 2007
1h 42m |
Thirty years ago he was a man with no future, working for a small time loan shark on the South Side of Philadelphia. When blind luck landed him the chance to enter the ring against reigning champ Apollo Creed, it was the million-to-one-shot of a lifetime. And all he wanted was to go the distance. His courage and perseverance, both in life and in the ring, gave hope to millions.
Now, glory has come and gone and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), the one-time Italian Stallion, spends his evenings telling old stories to the patrons of his restaurant, Adrian’s, named after his late wife, whom he quietly mourns. His son (Milo Ventimiglia) doesn’t want to spend time with him; he’s too busy trying to live his own life. Time and knocks have humbled Rocky, deformed his fists, slouched his shoulders and taken away all he had except his old stories, but in his heart he’s still the same man.
In his heart, he’s still a fighter.
Mason “The Line” Dixon (Antonio Tarver) is the reigning heavyweight champion distinguished only by the ease with which he took the title. Since he has never had to prove himself, never faced a truly equal opponent, he is considered by fans to be all skill and no heart, with no real future in the sport…
Until a computer simulation matches him against Rocky Balboa in his prime. Who really would win if the two were evenly matched – Dixon’s skillful jabs and footwork versus Rocky’s passion and blunt force trauma? Dixon’s manager has an idea how to revitalize his client’s career and suddenly, heavyweight boxing captures the public’s imagination again.
It seems like a lark, a joke even. But to Rocky, nearly twice the age of his opponent, the prospect of a fight with Dixon is the second chance he never thought he’d get – a billion-to-one shot to prove to himself and to those he loves that while the body changes, the heart only grows stronger.