Rocky Balboa (12A)
PUBLISHED: 16:14 17 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010
IT AIN'T over 'til it's over... Thirty years ago he was a man with no future, working for a small time loan shark in Philadelphia. When luck landed him the chance to enter the ring against
IT AIN'T over 'til it's over... Thirty years ago he was a man with no future, working for a small time loan shark in Philadelphia. When luck landed him the chance to enter the ring against reigning champ Apollo Creed, it was the million-to-one-shot of a lifetime and all he wanted was to go the distance. His courage and perseverance, both in life and in the ring, gave hope to millions. Now, glory has come and gone and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), the one-time Italian Stallion, spends his evenings telling old stories to the patrons of his restaurant, Adrian's. His son (Milo Ventimiglia) doesn't want to be around him, time and life's knocks have humbled Rocky, deformed his fists, slouched his shoulders and taken away all he had except his old stories.But in his heart he's still the same man. In his heart, he's still a fighter. Mason 'The Line' Dixon is the reigning heavyweight champion, distinguished only by the ease with which he took the title. Since he has never had to prove himself or face a truly equal opponent, he is considered by fans to be all skill and no heart, with no real future in the sport. Until a computer simulation matches him against Rocky Balboa in his prime. Dixon's manager has an idea of how to revitalise his client's career and suddenly heavyweight boxing captures the public's imagination again. To Rocky, nearly twice the age of his opponent, the prospect of a fight with Dixon is the second chance he never thought he'd get. A billion-to-one shot to prove to himself and to those he loves that while the body changes, the heart only grows stronger. Showing at the Odeon, Rocky Balboa is Sylvester Stallone's final chapter in the 30-year saga that began in 1976.