Rocky III

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The following quotes are from the movie Rocky III, starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Mr. T, and Hulk Hogan. It is the 2nd sequel and third movie in the Rocky series of films, of which there are 6 total. The movie was released to theaters in 1982. It was written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. It is widely considered to be a poor movie by most critics, however the fan base for this film is quite large and very dedicated. There are numerous Rocky related websites dedicated to the character. This film is known in the Rocky series for its great quotes and is considered by many to be the 2nd best of the Rocky movies, with the original Rocky being the best.

It is also known as the movie that spawned frequent use of the slang term "Chump". This word is defined as "one who is easily led; an uneducated person who will believe anything and do almost anything they are told. A dolt."

It is also commonly referred to as a person with complete lack of skill in something, as in... "I played that chump in ping pong and destroyed him because was so bad."

Below are just a sampling of memorable lines from the film.


Rocky: Nothing is real if you don't believe in who you are!

[Thunderlips makes his entrance into the arena.]

Mickey: Let's get out of here.
Rocky: Aw c'mon Mick, it's for charity.
Mickey: You're wearing your anatomy out for charity. Nobody else does this much for charity.
Rocky: Bob Hope would.[pause]
Mickey: That's true.

Lang: I'm gonna kill 'em you tell him tell Balboa i'm comin' for him

Lang: Hey, fool! You ready for another beatin'? You should've NEVER came back!"
Interviewer: Do you hate Rocky?
Clubber Lang: No, I don't hate Balboa. I pity the fool.

Apollo Creed: You know Stallion?
Rocky Balboa: What?
Apollo Creed: It's too bad we've got to get old.

Title announcer: We'd like to announce the presence at ringside of a true champion; the Master of Disaster, the Count of Monte Fisto, the one, the only Apollo Creed!

[Creed enters the ring and walks over to Lang]

Clubber Lang: [slaps Creed's hand away] Get out my face! I don't need no has-beens in my corner. And you better get that bad look off your face before I knock it off. What's the matter, Creed? You want some of this? Come on! Come on, Creed!
Apollo Creed: [Creed walks away to speak to Rocky] Do everybody a favor and knock this chump out.

Interviewer: Clubber, what's your prediction for the fight?
Clubber Lang: My prediction?
Interviewer: Yes your prediction.
Clubber Lang: [Looks into the camera] Pain...

Apollo Creed: Man you thought I was tough? This chump'll kill ya'!!!

Apollo: [in the ring sparring with Rocky] He's hooking! He's hooking! DAMN, ROCK! Come ON!!!! What's the matter with you?!?!"
Rocky: Tomorrow. Let's do it tomorrow.
Apollo: Damn it, Rock, there IS NO TOMORROW! THERE IS NO TOMORROW!

Clubber Lang: [Starting at Rocky before the fight] Dead meat.

[At the statue unveiling, Rocky is considering retirement and the crowd doesn't want him to. Clubber Lang appears in the crowd.]

Clubber: Getting out while you can? Don't give this sucker no statue, give him guts! I told you I wasn't going away! You got your shot, now give me mine.
Mickey: Why don't you just get the hell out of here?
Clubber: Shut up old man! I ain't going nowhere. Hey why don't you tell all these nice folks why you've been ducking me? Politics man! This country wants to keep me down. Keep everybody weak. They don't want a man like me to have the title because of a puppet like that fool up there.
Rocky: You know you've got a big mouth. You know?
Clubber: Why don't come down and close it Balboa? Come on!
Rocky: Anytime.
Mickey: [To Rocky] This guy's crazy. Don't listen to him.
Clubber: The little man don't want to come to me, then I'll come to you people and lay out the truth. I am ranked number one. ONE! That means I'm the best. But this bum's been taking the easy matches. Fighting other bums. I'm telling you and everybody here. I'll fight him anywhere, anytime for nothing. [Crowd murmurs] But you people ain't never going to see that happen, because he's going to retire. You see, he don't fight no real men. He fights them setups!
Rocky: What?
Mickey: You're a disgrace to this sport!
Clubber: SHUT UP OLD MAN! You and that chump don't know what I had to come from! Balboa, your family doing real nice ain't it? You call yourself a fighter? Prove it now. Give me that same chance. That way you've been ducking me is a disgrace. If he ain't no coward, why don't he fight me then?
Rocky: I can't listen to anymore of this. Hey anytime you want to--
Mickey: I don't care what you're ranked, you don't get no shot and I mean it!
Clubber: I'm glad you people are seeing this...
Rocky: [To Mickey] What are you doing? I want to fight this guy.
Mickey: Well you got him. But you'll fight him without me.
Rocky: What are you saying?
Mickey: It's finished. Yes, I'm finished. I don't want no more of this. I don't want no more of it, you understand? None of it! It's over with! [leaves through the crowd.]
Clubber: ...Judge me by my fight record. [to Adrian] Hey, woman! Hey, woman! Listen here. Since you're ol' man here ain't got no heart, maybe you'd like to see a real man. Yeah, I bet you stay up all night dreamin' about a real man, don't ya? Well I tell you what. Why don't you bring your pretty little self over to my apartment tonight, and I'll show you a real man.


[After the statue unveiling, Rocky finds Mickey packing his suitcase]

Rocky: Why did you leave? Why did you walk away like that?
Mickey: Life's too short kid.
Rocky: Where are you going?
Miokey: I'm going on a permanent vacation.
Rocky: What are you talking about? We got one more fight.
Mickey: No, no. Not we, you.
Rocky: Why are you doing this? [Mickey doesn't answer, Rocky slams the suitcase shut] I said why are you doing this?
Mickey: Because, you can't win Rock! This guy will kill you to death inside of three rounds.
Rocky: You're crazy.
Mickey: What else is new?
Rocky: He's just another fighter.
Mickey: No he ain't just another fighter. This guy's a wrecking machine and he's hungry. Hell you ain't been hungry since you won that belt!
Rocky: Oh, what are you talking about? I've had ten title defenses.
Mickey: That was easy!
Rocky: What do you mean easy?
Mickey: They was hand picked!
Rocky: Setups?
Mickey: No they weren't setups. They was good fighters but they wasn't killers like this guy. He'll knock you into tomorrow Rock.
Rocky: Jeez Mick, why did you do it?
Mickey: Because the beating that you got from Apollo should have killed you, kid. It didn't. It was my job to keep you winning and to keep you healthy.
Rocky: You really don't think I got nothing left, do you?
Mickey: Well Rock lets... Well let's put it this way. Three years ago you were supernatural. You was hard and nasty. You had this cast iron jaw. But then the worst thing happened to you that could happen to any fighter. You got civilized. Don't worry kid. You know presidents retire, generals retire, horses retire, Man o War retired, they put him out to stud. That's what you should've done, retire.
Rocky: I can't retire knowing all this Mick.
Mickey: Don't push it.
Rocky: You've been carrying me.
Mickey: We don't need it.
Rocky: You've been carrying me though.
Mickey: I haven't been carrying you, I've been protecting you.
Rocky: Look, I want this fight. Just one more.
Mickey: We don't need it.
Rocky: I'll live in the gym.
Mickey: We don't need it.
Rocky: Mick, I do. I'm asking you to train me one last time.
Mickey: No I can't
Rocky: If you don't, I'm gonna tell everybody you ain't bought a new pair of underwear in ten years.
Mickey: You would wouldn't you?
Rocky: Yeah absolutely.
Mickey: No.
Rocky: Come on. One more time then it's over. Deal? Come on come on.
Mickey: It's your head kid. It's your head.
Rocky: Yeah it is. Thanks Mick.

[After losing the title to Clubber Lang, Rocky sees a dying Mickey.]

Rocky: Mick?
Mickey: [gasping for air] What? W-w-w-w. Is it over?
Rocky: Yeah, yeah it's all over.
Mickey: Hey, what happened?
Rocky: It was a knockout.
Mickey: What round? What round?
Rocky: Second round.
Mickey: [thinking Rocky had won] I knew it. That's good. We did it, huh?
Rocky: We did it. We did it. You don't have to worry about nothing no more. Everything's going to be okay Mick.
Mickey: Yeah we did it.
Rocky: You gotta get to the hospital, Mick. You're not as young as you used to be.
Mickey: You're the winner. We did everything right. I did everything right.
Rocky: No no, listen to me. You done everything right. Listen we got more to do. Mick, whatever you want to do, we'll do it okay?
Mickey: I love you kid. I love you. [gasping harder] It hurts me. [stops breathing]
Rocky: Mick?........MICK?!! [crying] M...Mick? It isn't...Speak to me! [breaks down]

[Rocky walks into Mickey's gym which is now closed down. He punches the speed bag.]

Apollo: That's not the way to do it?
Rocky: Who's that?
Apollo: Why don't you hit it straight? Step into it.
Rocky: Apollo?
Apollo: Right. I waited at your house for about an hour. Your wife said you might be here.
Rocky: What are you doing here?
Apollo: Business.
Rocky: If the papers knew we were talking like this, they'd think we was crazy. Why you?
Apollo: Because I'm the best and you need somebody to teach you different.
Rocky: Why?
Apollo: To be honest, I don't think you could pull it off without me.
Rocky: You still didn't give me the answer Apollo. What's the real reason?
Apollo: Listen, it's quiet isn't it? When you retire it's too quiet. I mean we're way too young to retire anyway. Besides, with the right touch, I could promote this thing into the biggest gate of all time. It'll be bigger than ours. Heaven knows I don't mind being involved with large numbers. Right?
Rocky: I don't need this no more, I don't want this no more.
Apollo: Look man, when you beat me, I hurt all over and I didn't want to know from nothing or nobody, not even my kids. Hell, every fighter knows that hurt and we get sick inside trying to live with it. So don't back off now and make it right for yourself or you'll be sorry you didn't. We held the greatest title in the whole world babe. You lost that fight Rock for all the wrong reasons. You lost your edge. All right, I know your manager dying had you all messed up inside. But the truth is you didn't look hungry. Now when we fought, you had the eye of the tiger, man, the edge. And now you got to get back and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning. You know what I mean? Maybe we can win it back together. Eye of the tiger man.
Rocky: Why did you have to come here?
Apollo: I have the plan. Get it back man.
Rocky: You got me curious.
Apollo: You got me curious Rock.

[During Rocky's training, he's is haunted by visions of the first fight with Clubber Lang and doesn't even try in his training causing Apollo to give up on him. Adrian confronts him on the beach.]

Adrian: Can I talk to you? I want to ask you something important and I want you to tell me the truth.
Rocky: What?
Adrian: Why did you come here?
Rocky: I just don't want it no more.
Adrian: If it's over because you want it to be over, I'm glad.
Rocky: I do.
Adrian: It's just, you've never quit anything since I've known you.
Rocky: I don't know what you want me to say. I mean, what happened? How did everything that was so good get so bad?
Adrian: What's so bad? Tell me, what?
Rocky: I wrecked everything by not thinking for myself. I mean, why couldn't Mickey tell me where I was really at right from the start? He didn't have to carry me and lie to me and make me think I was better than I really was when I wasn't.
Adrian: He never lied.
Rocky: Those fights weren't right. They weren't, Adrian. I never fought anybody who was in their prime. There was always some angle to hold on to the title longer than I should have had it. I mean do you understand what I'm saying here?
Adrian: I understand, but you've got to understand that he loved you and that was his job-protecting you!
Rocky: Look, but that protecting don't help nothing. It only makes things worse. You wake up after a few years thinking you're a winner, but you're not. You're really a loser. So we wouldn't have had the title as long. So what? At least it would've been real Adrian.
Adrian: It was real!
Rocky: Nothing is real if you don't believe in who you are! I don't believe in myself no more don't you understand? When a fighter don't believe, that's it! He's finished, it's over, that's it.
Adrian: THAT'S NOT IT!!
Rocky: That is it!
Adrian: Why don't you tell me the truth?!
Rocky: What are you putting me through Adrian?! You wanna know the truth? The truth is I don't want to lose what I've got. In the beginning I didn't care about what happened to me. I'd go in the ring, I'd get busted up, I didn't care! But now there's you, there's the kid. I don't want to lose what I've got!
Adrian: What do we have that can't be replaced? What?1 A house, we got cars, we got money! We got everything but the truth. WHAT'S THE TRUTH DAMMIT?!
Rocky: I'M AFRAID!!! ALL RIGHT?! YOU WANT TO HEAR ME SAY IT? You want to break me down? All right, I'm afraid. For the first time in my life, I'm afraid.
Adrian: I'm afraid too. There's nothing wrong with being afraid.
Rocky: There is. For me, there is.
Adrian: Why? You're human aren't you?
Rocky: Look, I don't know what I am. All I know is I'm a liar, and because of that Mickey ain't here no more.
Adrian: You didn't push him into anything! He was a grown man and he did what he had to do! And you have no right to feel guilty for what happened. You don't! You were a champion, and you did what you were expected to do, and you did what I and everybody else thought you should do. And you wanna tell me that those fights weren't real, that you were carried? Well I don't believe it! But it doesn't matter what I believe because you're the one that's got to carry that fear around inside you, afraid that everybody's going to take things away and afraid that you're going to be remembered as a coward, that you're not a man anymore. Well, none of it's true. But it doesn't matter if I tell you. It doesn't matter, because you're the one that's gotta settle it. Get rid of it! Because when all the smoke has cleared and everyone's through chanting your name, it's just going to be us. And you can't live like this. We can't live like this. Cause it's going to bother you for the rest of your life. Look what it's doing to you now. Apollo thinks you can do it, so do I. But you gotta want to do it for the right reasons. Not for the guilt over Mickey, not for the people, not for the title, not for money or me, but for you. Just you. Just you alone.
Rocky: And if I lose?
Adrian: Then you lose. But at least you lose with no excuses, no fear. And I know you can live with that.
Rocky: How did you get so tough?
Adrian: I live with a fighter.
Rocky: I really love you. I love you. [they hug]

[last lines, Rocky and Apollo are walking into the ring at Mickey's gym after the rematch.]

Apollo: Come on, come on. We made a deal.
Rocky: I know but this is extremely crazy.
Apollo: Yeah, it's mentally irregular, right? But it makes all the sense in the world. Now you owe me a favor.
Rocky: I know but whend did you think of this?
Apollo: About three years ago.
Rocky: This is very crazy Apollo.
Apollo: Look Stallion, when you won that last fight, you won by one second. You beat me by one second. That's very hard for a man of my intelligence to handle.
Rocky: But didn't you say after I beat, you learned how to live with it?
Apollo: I lied.
Rocky: Oh you lied! So now you just gotta prove it to yourself right?
Apollo: Just myself. No TV, no newspapers, just you and me.
Rocky: Nothing, just you and me. Age before beauty?
Apollo: Anything you say, Stallion.
Rocky: I do all the work. Okay. I'll tell you, Apollo, you'd better go slow cause you ain't as young as springtime no more.
Apollo: I'm still young enough to whip your butt Stallion.
Rocky: Oh yeah? How are you going to do that? You taught me everything you know.
Apollo: Almost everything. You got to remember now, you fight great, but I'm a great fighter. You ready?
Rocky: Absolutely.
Apollo: You know Stallion? It's too bad we gotta get old huh?
Rocky: Just keep punching Apollo. Wanna ring the bell?
Apollo: All right. Ding, ding. [they start circling] Come on Stallion. Come on. Come on.
Rocky: Boy, you really move good for an older guy.
Apollo: You're looking good, Stallion. I taught you well.
Rocky: I think you taught me too good. You can fly.
Apollo: Look out now. No no you don't want any of this. Come on. Come on.
Rocky: Maybe I'm in here with the wrong guy.
Apollo: Watch yourself. You ready? [They both throw hooks at each other]

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