Rocky Balboa (2006)

Screenplay Genre: Sport/Drama

Movie Time: 102 minutes

 

1. INCITING INCIDENT

Retired heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) runs a small restaurant in

Philadelphia. He mourns the death of his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire), a victim of “woman cancer”,

while maintaining an awkward relationship with his grown son Robert (Milo Ventimiglia) who is

trying to step out from his father's long shadow.

 

One day, Rocky sees a computer simulated fight on television, showing his younger self

defeating the current champion, Mason “The Line” Dixon (Antonio Tarver). A fire begins to burn

inside of him. Decades removed from his glory days, Rocky nevertheless decides he wants to

put the boxing gloves on one more time. (00:38:47)

 

2. LOCK IN (End of Act One) 

After making his case to the state boxing commission, Rocky is given a license to box as a

professional, much to the chagrin of Robert who feels mounting pressure as the son of a famous

athlete. (00:46:16)

 

3. FIRST CULMINATION (Midpoint) 

Robert joins his father at Adrian's grave. He informs Rocky that he quit his job and he would

rather be with Rocky as he prepares for his upcoming bout with Mason Dixon. Rocky has his

team, Paulie (Burt Young), Adrian's curmudgeonly brother, Duke (Tony Burton), Rocky's old

trainer, and Marie, an old friend of the neighborhood, now a single mother, with whom Rocky has

rekindled a friendship after many years apart. (01:06:21)

 

4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)

Rocky has an warm chat with Marie outside his Las Vegas hotel room. Marie thanks him for

helping with her son. Rocky's group of supporters have come full circle, each coming to terms

with Rocky's decision.

 

First, his son Robert has come to terms with his place in the world, showing maturity by

throwing his unconditional support behind his father's choice to step in the ring again. Second,

Duke, who helped Rocky regain his heavyweight championship belt many years ago, has once

again prepared Rocky to face another formidable opponent. Third, Paulie, once Rocky's trusted

sidekick and now a grumpy old man living a sad life, has found a glimmer of shared hope in

Rocky's newfound ambition.

 

And now Marie, once a spunky young girl on the streets of Philadelphia with the world at her

feet, is now a middle-aged woman mired in poverty who has become a surrogate female

presence in Rocky's life. (01:13:19)

 

5. THIRD ACT TWIST 

Rocky knocks Mason Dixon down, proving to the world with one jab that the last thing to age on

a boxer is his heart. The crowd goes wild as Dixon realizes he has underestimated the fearless 

 former champion. (01:25:28)

 


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