40 years ago today, Rocky received its first release in the US.

The film would go on to define Sylvester Stallone's career, reinvent boxing and sports films as a genre and won three Oscars including Best Picture. The film was also a commercial success, made for a budget of just under $1,000,000 and eventually grossing $225 million at the box office and continually earns money to this day.

Stallone wrote the screenplay during his time as a struggling and impoverished actor, lobbying hard to win the role for himself rather than sell off the screenplay. Eventually, the producers acquiesced and the rest, as they say, is history.

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