Rocky III Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Rocky III came out 40 years ago today!

Rocky III Sylvester Stallone Mr. T

The Rocky franchise is still going strong today with its CREED film starring Michael B. Jordan. CREED 3 will be coming soon to theaters this November as we await a trailer. Today, we look back at the third film in the boxing drama starring Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, and Mr. T. The film also featured Hulk Hogan. Rock III made its debut in theaters on May 28th, 1982. Just last year, Stallone released a Director’s Cut of Rocky IV. You can read our Movie Review. The fourth film was billed to be the most exciting and fast-paced film in the series. Stallone commemorated the anniversary on his Instagram.


Having become the world heavyweight champion, former working-class boxer Rocky Balboa is rich and famous beyond his wildest dreams. Unfortunately, this has made him lazy and overconfident. First, he loses his trainer and father figure, Mickey, in a double whammy. He then has his title stolen by the arrogant, menacing challenger Clubber Lang. Turning to his former adversary, Apollo Creed (, for help, Rocky struggles to get his old fire back.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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