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But in this powder keg of an arena it was understandable. This was not just man against man; it was East versus West, and the battle lines had been drawn for the rest of the evening.
Balboa's impetus was slowed, however, the next three rounds easily going the way of Drago, with Balboa almost down in the fourth and then floored in the fifth. But in what was fast becoming a classic, back came Balboa, a fine sixth round seeing his confidence build, so much so that he started to goad Drago in the seventh surely not the wisest of moves.
Another good round in the eighth from Balboa suggested that all was not well in the Russian camp. If Drago had hoped that Rocky would go away, then he was in for an unpleasant surprise. The pattern was now set for the rest of the evening. Furious exchanges between the pair, Drago often on top — Balboa was again floored in the eleventh round, only for a referee seemingly out of his depth to let it go - as the fight snowballed into a slugfest, a pub fight that left you breathless. The heart shown by Balboa had to be seen to be believed, indeed those very fans who had given him such a rough ride on his walk to the ring, were now singing the name of Rocky come the end of round twelve, undoubtedly much to the annoyance of Drago's entourage and the watching Politburo.
For all his bravery, it looked as if Balboa would still come up short, heavily down on all three scorecards as the fight neared its conclusion. At the end of the penultimate round, which saw unnecessary exchanges after the bell, the chants of "Rocky, Rocky" were now very clear, but the new crowd favourite would need a miracle to end the bout victorious. Drago for his part just had to stay on his feet, but the already weary looking Russian hardly helped his own cause by getting involved in an altercation with his manager Nicoli Koloff.
Another crazy incident in a night that was just about to get a whole lot more insane.
Strangely, Balboa did not come out with all guns blazing, the long jab of Drago again keeping the smaller man at bay. It was all part of the master plan though, Balboa taunting his opponent and biding his time until he had judged that Drago had shot his bolt.
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Bit by bit Balboa moved forward, throwing great combinations, the back and forth nature of the fight continuing in a quite frankly thrilling and scary fashion. Balboa's body shots, mocked by Drago at the start of the fight, were now paying dividends. Drago was visibly wilting under the pressure, as Balboa's punches acted like an axe to a Siberian pine tree, gradually chopping down the Russian's legs from underneath him. Astonishingly, the impossible now looked possible, the Russian defenceless as Balboa searched for the decisive punch.
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Two Heads are Better than One. Mati Hatti, Fractured Fairy Tales: The Enchanted Prince, Bullwinkle's Corner: William Tell, Bullwinkle's Corner: It was a hit when it first played in cinemas 40 years ago, but today Rocky looks lame and shoddy. The gloves come off as Nicholas Barber looks back.
Rocky has to be the most successful bad film ever made. And that, of course, was just the beginning.
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There have since been six sequels, the most recent of which, Creed, was so popular that there are bound to be more. But does any of that mean that Rocky is a classic film? View image of A still from Rocky. But for every terrific moment you remember, there is another terrible one you may have forgotten. Stallone, who scripted Rocky as well as starring in it, was an unknown at the time, so Avildsen had to keep costs down, shooting the entire film in 28 days.
The shortcuts and compromises are apparent. Much later, in the climactic championship bout, Avildsen resorts to very low lighting and tight framing to disguise the fact that a supposedly colossal showbiz event has about as many spectators as a high-school table-tennis tournament.
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