Joblo.com brings Rocky and First Blood to their Face/Off feature where they rate each movie in several categories and determine a winner. Do you agree with their outcome?
Sylvester Stallone’s two most popular cinematic characters, Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, debuted in between 1976 (Rocky) and 1982 (First Blood) and went on to generate a number of sequels (and even spinoffs in Rocky’s case with the Creed films) that have lasted for decades. But, one of the most common debates is which was the best of the original iterations of these characters, Rocky or First Blood?
In this series we explore the pros and cons of each, while taking a look at things like box office, awards accolades, most-quotable lines, supporting cast and so much more to determine which film is the winner in the never-ending debate when two movies Face/Off!
Most regular readers here will know the majority of the trivia posted, but there may be a few that surprise you. Below are three of my favs and my thoughts on each. Click over the article for all the facts and the full details.
Thanks To Rocky, Sylvester Stallone Has An Oscars Record Tied With Charlie Chaplin And Orson Welles. (Sly was the third person to ever receive Academy Award nominations for writing and acting in the same film! Since Sly earned this honor, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Billy Bob Thornton, Matt Damon and Roberto Benigni have joined this elite group. – Craig)
Rocky Balboa Was The First Rocky Film To Use Real Punches As Sound Effects. (Most folks know Sly and his co-stars traded real punches at times during the fight scenes, but how many knew that the real punch sounds weren’t used until Rocky Balboa? – Craig)
The Original Film’s Script Was Tweaked To Accommodate Production Errors. (While not technically a production error, the skating scene with Rocky and Adrian originally was supposed to take place with the skating rink full of people. The budget wouldn’t allow it, and I think the film is better for it! – Craig)