#Rocky was released on this day, 43 years ago! It is truly one of the most inspiring Hollywood stories of all time. The Rocky movie franchise has earned over $1.4 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises of all time.
Before the movie was made #SylvesterStallone was a relative newcomer to Hollywood in the mid-'70s when he pitched his rags-to-riches script about an uneducated debt-collector-turned-champion boxer named #RockyBalboa to producers.
Luckily, producers liked it. Unfortunately for Stallone, they didn't want him to star. So at 30 years old with just $106 in his bank account, Stallone turned down a $300,000 offer - the equivalent of $1 million today - for the rights to "Rocky." He was determined to make the film he wrote on his terms, starring himself.The producers eventually relented and gave Stallone one million dollars to make the movie, starring himself. They came in under budget by using family and friends in the cast, handheld cameras, and only using one take to film most of the footage. Rocky went on to receive nine Oscar nominations and got three wins, including Best Picture and grossed over $200 million. After that Stallone bought his dog back for $15,000 after sold him for $25.
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