My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

 wrote and stars in this subtle drama that took audiences by storm in the seventies and inspired a string of unremarkable sequels. He plays a Philadelphia loan shark’s runner who once had dreams of being a great boxer but now only hits the ropes every once in a while to keep his skills sharp. After falling in love with an introverted woman (), Rocky is inspired to make more of himself when a famous boxer () decides to give an unknown athlete the chance to compete with him for a title championship, and chooses Rocky after spotting him working out in his gym. Rocky has no intention of conquering the world, all he wants is his chance to ‘go the distance’. John G. Avildsen’s sense of realistic spontaneity is what makes this one zing, a truly familiar story told in a refreshingly new and honest way. Stallone is great in the lead, though regrettably his career choices following this meant he would never be taken seriously as an actor again. Shire is adorably likable as the love interest, and there’s also terrific supporting work by  as Shire’s protectively loving brother and  as Rocky’s trainer.

USA, 1976

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Academy Awards
Best Directing (John G. Avildsen)
Best Film Editing (Richard Halsey, Scott Conrad)
Best Picture (Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, producers)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Sylvester Stallone as “Rocky Balboa”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Burgess Meredith as “Mickey”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Burt Young as “Paulie”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Talia Shire as “Adrian”)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Gonna Fly Now”, music by Bill Conti; lyrics by Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins)
Best Sound (Harry Warren Tetrick, William McCaughey, Lyle Burbridge, Bud Alper)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen–based on factual material or on story material not previously Published or Produced) (Sylvester Stallone)

Golden Globe Award
Best Motion Picture-Drama

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Talia Shire)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Sylvester Stallone)
Best Director (John G. Avildsen)
Best Screenplay (Sylvester Stallone)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Bill Conti)


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