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Written by Matthew Pejkovic

With Creed due for release on November 24, Matt’s Movie Reviews will celebrate the latest addition to the Rocky franchise with the “Road to Creed”, where we step in the ring and go 12 rounds with Sylvester Stallone’s greatest creation, the “Italian Stallion” Rocky Balboa.

Featuring reviews of every film in the Rocky anthology, a mammoth podcast episode, Top Ten Rocky Moments and more, the Road to Creed is the ultimate tribute to all things Rocky.

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When Sylvester Stallone first announced he was going to bring back the Italian Stallion for another round many a sigh was uttered. Rocky V, while not the best film in the franchise was still a fitting finale to the series, and the fact that it has been 16 years since the last film (making Stallone 60 years old) did not make things any easier. But we were all was wrong. Dead wrong...



ROCKY V (1990)

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In an attempt to reclaim the dramatic glory of the first two Rocky movies, Sylvester Stallone brought back director John G. Avildsen and long time composer Bill Conti for what was to be the final chapter in the life of the slugger from Philadelphia in Rocky V.

Continuing straight after the events of Rocky IV, a clearly damaged Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returns from Russia...




ROCKY IV (1985)
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Looking back, especially after watching the great Rocky Balboa, it is interesting to see just how the Rocky series has evolved in parallel with Sylvester Stallone’s career, which by 1985 had him safely perched on top of the Hollywood ladder. But it also showed a shift in artistic expression – as seen in Rambo: First Blood Pt II and here with Rocky IV – that Stallone would never recover from...



ROCKY III (1982)

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A worthy sequel, Rocky III is an entertainingly thrilling and inspirational action/drama that although a step down in terms of quality, still contains the heart and emotional punch that made the first two Rocky films so great.

Having successfully defended his title 10 times, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) has come a long way from his humble beginnings...




ROCKY II (1979)
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After the tremendous critical and commercial success of the first Rocky, it is to no surprise that Sylvester Stallone would bring back “The Italian Stallion” for another round in Rocky II.

Following straight after the title fight between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky II has Rocky retiring due to injuries sustained in the fight; marrying his sweetheart Adrian (Talia Shire); and blessed with the news that Adrian is pregnant...




ROCKY (1976)
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1976 was the year in American cinema where the decadence and corruption of its times reigned supreme on the big screen. The shameful antics of the Nixon administration was relived in the investigative drama All the President’s Men; Robert De Niro was laying the scum of the Earth to waste in the gritty streets of New York City in Taxi Driver; and even the son of the Devil was coming in for the kill in The Omen.

Yet with Rocky, a film emerged that touched the hearts of a nation, and brought forward a saviour who came out swinging against a world which had abandoned him...




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