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"Rocky" is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone. The movie tells the story of Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champion of the world. "Rocky" is known for its gritty realism, inspiring underdog story, and iconic training montage set to the tune of "Gonna Fly Now."

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The "Rocky" franchise, with its iconic protagonist Rocky Balboa, has become an enduring symbol of determination, resilience, and the American dream. Conceived and played by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky is a humble, working-class "everyman" who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The original 1976 film won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and spawned a series of sequels that have collectively grossed over a billion dollars worldwide.

The cultural impact of the "Rocky" franchise is profound. Not only has the saga become synonymous with the sports film genre, but it has also fundamentally influenced how such stories are told. From the training montage sequences to the triumphant climaxes, the narrative structure of the "Rocky" films has been emulated in countless subsequent sports and underdog stories. The series' theme music, "Gonna Fly Now," and Rocky's victorious run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art have become indelibly linked with the idea of personal triumph, used and referenced in countless films, TV shows, and commercials.

But perhaps the most lasting impact of the "Rocky" franchise is its embodiment of resilience and the pursuit of the American dream. Rocky Balboa is not a superhero or a secret agent; he is an ordinary man who perseveres in the face of overwhelming odds. His journey from being a small-time boxer to achieving global fame and respect has inspired millions. The franchise's recent spin-off, "Creed," continues this legacy, introducing a new generation to the ethos of the "Rocky" series. From Philadelphia to the furthest reaches of the globe, the "Rocky" franchise continues to inspire, entertain, and shape the landscape of popular culture.