(John G. Avildsen, US 1976, 120 min., 35mm)
Holidays. Rocky Balboa is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere. But when fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion, Rocky knows that it’s his one shot at the big time. Along the way, he finds his true love at a should-be Thanksgiving dinner. Brainchild of ambitious screenwriter and star Sylvester Stallone, this sleeper hit appeared out of nowhere to receive ten Oscar nominations, winning three (including Best Picture and Best Director against such heavyweight contenders as All the President’s Men, Network, and Taxi Driver), and mutate into one of the most famous, profitable, and beloved international film franchises of all times.
Also showing: Sunday, November 26, 2 p.m.