For my money, the Rocky poster above is perfection. Everything from the tagline (“His whole life was a million-to-one shot”) to the black and white photography of a fighter and his woman looking at each other surrounded by stark white (nothing else in their world matters) with their backs to the viewer. The big, bold ROCKY. I love this poster. It’s a classic.
And it might not have been used if they’d gone with the first Rocky poster ever made!
Sly Stallone posted on his Instagram the art by Tom Jung below saying…
Very very very rare! Believe it or not this was the first poster ever made for the first ROCKY… Hand drawn.! This is the ONLY one in existence !!!!
Long-time SZoner, Randy Rousseau “is most likely the premier collector of screen-used artifacts from the career of Stallone. Most of the items he acquired directly from Stallone.” Recently Randy was interviewed by Blade magazine for their Special Rambo 35th Anniversary issue. You can read it here!
Rocky’s theme, Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti, Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins is arguably one of the greatest movie songs of all-time. Over 40 years later, Gonna Fly Now is still instantly recognizable by folks of all ages, is used at sporting events of all kinds and remains a popular (and inspirational) workout song.
Surprisingly, another song was set to be Rocky’s Theme! (One of the lyrics: “He has a Sunday punch that will knock you in to Monday!”)
Check out the short video below to learn how Gonna Fly Now made into into Rocky and film/music history.
Hero Complex Gallery decided to recognize director John McTiernan with their last showing of the year. Click over and you will find some very cool Die Hard, Predator, Last Action Hero, Hunt for Red October original art, prints, pins and more.