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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Until I knock out this Holiday Guide these BTS pics will be light on commentary, so apologies for that, but give me a week or so and I’ll be back to my usual blatherings. Today’s image is a rare shot of Sly Stallone and director John G. Avildsen on the set of Rocky. Yo!

Thanks to reader Jordan Krug for sending this one along! Enjoy!



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  • Nov. 22, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, I thought that was Polanski for a second.

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Uh oh...that shoulder is....

    by professor murder

    Avildsen seems particularly worried or interested about Sly's shoulder...

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Polanski secretly directed Rocky!

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Visual proof right here!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I wonder if in Real Steel 4...

    by spire_walk

    ...the robot buys a human maid.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Burgess Meredith on lower right..

    by nolan bautista

    trainers should always be present..Go Mickey!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Fucking Great Film!!

    by eric haislar

    Still gives me goose bumps to this day.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    stallone looks unreal here

    by Daniel

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    looks like Raging Bul...

    by wormcheck

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    one of my favorite movies

    by mick vance

    and it makes me think of how great stallone really is. i love most of his action movies, but i bet he could have been a great stand-alone actor as well.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    I've crapped thunder before...

    by Tarijeno

    After I ate my first KFC Double Down...

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I live in Philly...

    by Logan_1973

    The art museum always has people running up the steps, obviously imitating the Stallion; and the statue always has a line waiting for photos. I think it's visual evidence towards how imbedded ROCKY is in our culture.

  • Because let's be real, if you don't love're probably either a terrorist or a total dick.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Are we sure that's not Roman Polanski?

    by hallmitchell

    Under a different name?

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Rocky would be truly great if not for the bogus ending of the fight

    by The Krypton Kid

    The fight should not have ended with Rocky pummeling Creed. That contradicts the idea of Rocky. The ending should have been Apollo unleashing combinations upon Rocky, but Balboa never backing down, advancing, saying, "Give me your best." Remember, Rocky simply wanted to go the distance. The idea that Balboa could have out-lasted and out fought Creed, a master boxer, in the end of a 15 round battle is not a fairy tale, it's absolutely absurd.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I agree with you about Frazier, Krypton Kid

    by dukeroberts

    But nothing else.

  • Perhaps this led to the establishent of Rocky's ownership of a restuarant in the later films.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Rocky Statue

    by professor murder

    The Statue was made for the movie, not some afterthought homage to Rocky. Since the movie represented Philly and the statue became a well known piece of art, it now(and properly should) sits outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art(its most recent and now permanent home). It's got nothing to do with legends of boxing.

  • Arguably the greatest Philly Boxer ever, yes I know he is originally from SC..but Smokin Joe is associated with Philly.

  • Don't get me wrong I like Rocky, I dont love it like sum, even tho I fine some parts great and iconic, but the actual fight always bugs me. Yes I know this is Hollywood and they wanted it to be action packed and are going to take some liberties, believe me I understand that. But I have always thought they took it way to far and went over the top. I would had like to had seen a little realism in it.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Drago would have tear Rocky apart in real life.

    by KilliK

    he would have literally broken him.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Well, real boxing is fucking boring.

    by Mugato5150

    Making a realistic boxing movie would be as exciting as making a realistic soccer movie. Soccer...guy passes to the other guy who passes to the other guy who shoots towards the net....nope, intercepted. Pass to the next guy, guy in the crowd gets shitfaced and starts a riot because everything's so fucking boring. Same with boxing. Guy takes a swing, misses. Other guy takes a body shot, sort of hits but not really. They hug each other and the bell rings. The ref arbitrarily decides that that guy won. Wow. Game over. FUCK THAT. In movie boxing, every fucking blow hits! Face shot, HIT! Body shot, HIT! Blood and guts! The crowd starts chanting, even if it's against their own country's best interests! And the white guy wins! It's called movie making. You have to make a movie about a sport more interesting than the actual sport. Christ, don't even get me started on baseball.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    People don't run up those steps everyday because of Joe Frazier...

    by MalkovichMalkovich

    They do it because of 'Rocky'. Professor Murder hit the nail on the head in regards to the statue. It's like saying you should take down the Sherlock Holmes statue in Edinburgh because he's not an actual detective. Rocky is something of a modern myth and represents a lot more than just being a story about boxing. People run up and down those steps everyday because of the 'Rocky' films. He is an icon of The United States and also Philadelphia. I'm an Australian and on my honeymoon in the US we went to Philadelphia specifically to visit the 'Rocky' landmarks.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Rocky has Thayer David, man!!!!

    by Damned if I can login

    I may have mentioned in a few other threads what huge Dark Shadows fans the little woman and I are, and Rocky features one of the major DS players as the promoter working with Apollo Creed. Thayer David is one eerie lookin' dude....

  • When writing Rocky, Stallone interviewed a lot of fighters, including Frazier. It was Frazier who ran up those steps everyday at the end of his roadwork (the term boxers use for running). And it was Frazier who worked in a Philly slaughterhouse and punched sides of beef. Stallone took those elements from Frazier's background and applied them to Rocky. Rocky Balboa is half Joe Frazier, half Chuck Wepner.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Relax krypton kid...

    by MrMajestic

    A big boxing fan here as well and a big admirer of Frazier and other great 70`s heavyweights overshadowed by Ali. However you give Stallone`s Rocky series short shrift. They are not about boxing as much as about boxers. Most boxers are often from down and out backgrounds like Balboa. I once spoke to a successful boxing trainer, he`s managed a couple of world champs, about the movies and he said he particularly didn`t care for them but every fighter he trained loved them.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    I can't see nutin´, gotta open my eye..

    by BenBraddock

    Cut me Mick..!

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    the sherlock holmes statue..

    by paul burnett

    in edinburgh is stituated across the road from where sir arthur conan doyle lived. it always made me laugh at new year when drunks would climb up, put a hibs scarf on it and stick a bottle of becks in his pipe.. the conan doyle pub is a crackin wee boozer as well, dunno if it's still there though??

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    mugato5150 re: soccer

    by Keith

    Wow, does your entire lexicon of knowledge come from watching episodes of The Simpsons? People outside the States think that NFL football has no rules and just consists of guys in armor smashing into each other. Your description of soccer is on a similar level of accuracy.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    ...your description of "boxing" sounds somewhat like heavyweight boxing, but sounds nothing like anything at welterweight or lighter.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 5 a.m. CST


    by paul burnett

    ..thought of the simpsons as well reading that post, he couldn't have realised the simpsons is shown outside da u.s of a!!!

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Great flick

    by Chris

    I read that marketing tested it without the final fight and the audience still loved it.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    ...and that's not Polanski

    by proevad

    It's Bilbo Baggins.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Sorry guys but Rocky II >>>> Rocky

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    You know it to be true.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Rocky is greater because you expect him to win, and he doesn't.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    That was a twist ending back in the day.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    well now....

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Don't get me wrong the original rocky is a classic. I love that damn movie. It clearly earned it's award. I just feel like the emotional roller-coaster in the 2nd film is more profound and satisfying. For example, Rocky's relationship with Micky is expanded upon further and holds the narrative together brilliantly. Creed is an even stronger villain. Adrian's coma is a shocker and adds a ton of impact to her famous "win" line. Also, for what it's worth it could be argued that Rocky taking the title in the manner that he did (with both men falling and down and Rocky just barely making it to his feet) was a surprise/twist ending as well.

  • This is a MOVIE site for Christ Sakes. Take your race card politics elsewhere. Actually, love that shot and love this movie. Too bad they had to make ANY sequels to this classic--and make a moving, real guy hero into a parody.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Rocky 2 makes me feel sad

    by professor murder

    when Rocky is trying to do the commercial dressed as a caveman and can't quite get his lines right. Poor guy kept getting chastised by the director. I feel sorry for boxers these days for what is going to happen to them later in life after all of the beatings their brains take.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Well that's what makes movies relatable....

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ...when the main character, the under-dog, is cruelly bashed into the ground by the world around him but somehow finds a way to overcome. Rocky 1, 2 and 6 worked that theme to perfection.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Race Card???

    by sundancekeed

    How is saying Joe Frazier deserves a statue playing the "race card"? Any sports fan and particularly any boxing fan knows how iconic Joe Frazier was in the sport. It's not playing a race card to say that Frazier deserves any and all acclaim INCLUDING a statue in Philly. Idiot.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    he does deserve a statue I agree

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    but that's off topic in this case.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST


    by sundancekeed

    Agreed. Off topic. My objection was to throwing race into the mix. Nobody but the poster I replied to had even mentioned it. And relating a statue to Frazier after Rocky's had been mentioned does seem like a logical progression when you think about it. Both fighters out of Philly. Both are iconic in their respective genres. Maybe they should go ahead and put one up for Brian Cox, too.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    fat_rancor_keeper, good points all around especially on

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    the twist. When you put it that way I guess both movies had twist endings.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    The fight at the end of ROCKY is the part of the movie I least like.

    by AsimovLives

    In fact, that fight bores me. The fight should had been shorter and more realistic, instead of that impossible show of pounding that rocky suffers thaty would had been enough to kill two full grown bulls. It's ludricous and it takes me out of the movie. Besides that, the movie is quite brillant.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    So Dr. Klopek from The 'Burbs directed Rocky?

    by Boo Cocky

    So confused...

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I like the..

    by professor murder

    I like the Mick watermark on the photo. heheh

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Block with the head

    by Hemi23

    Regarding the actual boxing in the movie, my friends and I used to watch it while shouting "Block with the Head" because basically all the Rocky movies consisted of Rocky punches guy in head, guy punches Rocky in the head. Repeat untill victory. Block with the Head

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Actually the steps run came about from a Garret Brown steady cam demo...

    by MalkovichMalkovich

    and Stallone and Avildsen liked it's cinematic potential. That's not to say that Stallone didn't incorporate real boxing anecdotes into the films because he most certainly did (check out the Mickey speech from 'Rocky V' which appropriates Cus Demato quotes). The Chuck Wepner/Ali fight inspired the concept of 'losing with dignity' and was the spark for the film and Stallone has always acknowledged that, but the claim that the 'Rocky' story is the Joe Frazier story or Chuck Wepner story (which they both claimed) is absurd. Will have to check out the Edinburgh Conan Doyle drinking holes icanthavethat. Am a big Sherlock Holmes fan and we're stopping by there next March.

  • Look at the amazing level of texture applied to the depiction of Philadelphia in the first two movies. Look at the detail of the minor characters. These are FILMS. They aren't formulaic RUDY type shit.

  • from Wepner knocking Ali down in their bout. Also, like Rocky, Wepner worked as a strongarm for goons/shady individuals. And Frazier said that Stallone questioned him about the various aspects of his boxing career. And Frazier himself said he ran up the steps at the end of his roadwork and that he hit the beef in the slaughterhouse. Stallone lifted these elements and applied them to Rocky. And some fanboy can't dispute that, no matter how big of a Stallone butt kisser he is.

  • What's your point? If you read my post I'm not saying they weren't inspirations, Just like Randolph Hearst was an inspiration for the character of Charles Foster Kane. Stallone payed tribute to both of them (Frazier had a cameo in 'Rocky' and Wepner tested for a speaking role in 'Rocky II' but by his own admission totally sucked and Stallone in practically every interview speaking about how he came up with the idea for Rocky credits the Wepner/Ali fight). My whole point was Rocky represents far more than just boxing, he is an icon for Philadelphia and the underdog and it was the imagery of his character initially struggling to run up the steps and then triumphantly doing so, that caught the imagination. People from all over the world, whether they know anything about boxing or not, come to the steps to emulate the Rocky run, and you can dispute it all you like but you're totally missing the point.

  • Nov. 24, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    and the fact that the inspiration for the stairs sequence came from

    by MalkovichMalkovich

    Garret Brown and not Joe Frazer isn't BS either. In the original footage (which I believe dates from around 1972 (and is included in a documentary about Brown and the steadicam which is on the 'definitive edition' 'Rocky DVD) it is his wife running up the stairs although I was mistaken in saying Stallone is the one who wanted to use it to finish the training sequence, apparentaly it was Avildsen. Joe Frazier may have run up the stairs while training, I'm not disputing that and I don't really care, but that isn't why Rocky runs up the stairs. You may also have noticed there is another very famous real life boxer who is mentioned in the film also named Rocky. Lucky for Stallone he didn't sue as well!!

  • Nov. 24, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    "Apollo Creed Meets the Italian Stallion"

    by HapaPapa72

    Sounds like a damn monsta movie!