Top 20 Rocky Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Rocky facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Rocky film message.

Rocky mentions to the promoter that the colors of his shorts are wrong. The actual colors are inverted, white shorts with a red stripe. The banner was accidentally made this way in real life and the dialogue regarding the color was added to compensate for the film's low budget.
Rocky mentions to the promoter that the colors of his shorts are wrong. The actual colors are inverted, white shorts with a red stripe. The banner was accidentally made this way in real life and the dialogue regarding the color was added to compensate for the film's low budget.
Horror picture show, Dr.Frank N. Furter wears a triangle on his chest. This symbol was used by nazis to identify gay prisoners. It has now been reclaimed as a symbol of gay pride.
Horror picture show, Dr.Frank N. Furter wears a triangle on his chest. This symbol was used by nazis to identify gay prisoners. It has now been reclaimed as a symbol of gay pride.

Rocky Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. A photograph reveals that Paulie is a veteran.

  2. There are 8 montages totaling 29 minutes which accounts for nearly 1/3 of the movie.

  3. Nurse Flynn asks Rocky to give an autograph to her son Charlie. "To my good friend, Charlie Flynn". Charlie Flynn is a Scottish professional boxer, and golden Commonwealth Games medalist, born in 1993, 14 years later. Nice coincidence.

  4. James Brown performs "Living in America" during Apollo Creed's ring entrance. Thanks to the film's success, Brown won his second Grammy and reached the Billboard top 10 for the last time in his life. Stevie Ray Vaughan played lead guitar on the song but almost never spoke of it.

  5. The actor who played the play-by-play announcer in 'Rocky' (1976) was a real life sports anchor working for local TV in Los Angeles named Stu Nahan. He ended up being the commentator for the first five Rocky Films and was the sport reporter that interviewed Spicoli in 'Fast Times' (1982)

Rocky Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Staline has on a headband like the same one he uses in Rambo.
    Staline has on a headband like the same one he uses in Rambo.

Rocky Hidden Details

1 - "Rocky" In The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) doesn't have a belly button because his conception didn't require an umbilical cord.
"Rocky" In The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) doesn't have a belly button because his conception didn't require an umbilical cord.

Tony's driver says Rocky should take Adrian to the zoo because "retards like the zoo". At the beginning of Rocky 2 (1979), Rocky takes Adrian to the zoo.

1 - Apollo is gloved up for his entire ring entrance, then theres a 1 second close up, where his gloves disappear, It's annoyed me ever since.
Apollo is gloved up for his entire ring entrance, then theres a 1 second close up, where his gloves disappear, It's annoyed me ever since.
1 - Rocky's trainer checkmates their Russian handler in a game of chess using a pawn. The pawn represents Rocky who was the everyman taking down the reigning king.
Rocky's trainer checkmates their Russian handler in a game of chess using a pawn. The pawn represents Rocky who was the everyman taking down the reigning king.

Before Clubber Lang confronts Rocky at his statue dedication, you can see a close up of a drum with a "Mr T" autograph on it.

Ivan Drago's wife tells Apollo Creed that Drago ''didn't come here to lose''. In Rocky Balboa (2006), Rocky says the same thing to Mason Dixon

Rocky tells Paulie that despite the fact that he's like a brother to him he's a lazy bum who should stop asking for favors. The film then cuts to the next scene, where Sylvester Stallone is giving his brother's song screen time.

1 - Apollo gets frustrated with Paulie's attitude, Rocky says it takes 6 years to get to know him; Apollo says he doesn't have 6 years - possibly foreshadowing his death in the fight with Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) ~3yrs later.
Apollo gets frustrated with Paulie's attitude, Rocky says it takes 6 years to get to know him; Apollo says he doesn't have 6 years - possibly foreshadowing his death in the fight with Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) ~3yrs later.
1 - : During the training sequence you can see a massive string of snot coming from Sylvester Stallone's nose.
: During the training sequence you can see a massive string of snot coming from Sylvester Stallone's nose.

Mickey has a heart attack and dies by losing his heart. Rocky loses his match against clubber by losing his heart.

Rocky's training montage is specifically designed to fit his opponent in each film (credit to u/147896325987456321)

Rocky poster
Rocky poster

Rocky Plot

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Rocky. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Drama, Sport
Director John G. Avildsen
Stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
IMDB score 8.1