I just found out that a very good friend of mine is having major surgery next week to remove a mass of something bad from his stomach, which will require a hospital stay of at least five days. This friend is one of those very annoying people who can do anything and everything irritatingly well (cooking, writing, singing, joke-telling, listening, etc.), so it’s apt that this funny friend referred to the mass of something in his stomach as his vestigial twin, Rocky. (However, if the mass in my friend’s stomach turns out to be malignant, then it’s more like his vestigial twin Mr. T. or the Russian boxing opponent in Rocky IV.) Not surprisingly, I got to thinking about one of the greatest (and cheesiest) movie training montages ever (or at least during the 80s), with Rocky and Apollo Creed in Rocky III, and how I know my friend would fully appreciate said montage, especially during a time of health crisis such as this. Hence, this week’s installment of Flashback Friday. And the thing is, as hackneyed as it sounds, my friend shares many of Rocky’s finer qualities (albeit not the ripped muscles or mumbling habit), so I know he’ll come out of this surgery thing a winner. Unforch, we can’t embed the actual Rocky III training montage video here (it’s been disabled), but you can watch it on YouTube. In the meantime, here’s a photo montage I put together of a few of my favorite highlights. Just try not to be inspired.
At first, former nemesis Apollo Creed appears to be smoking Rocky.
Note the very subtle choreography of my absolute favorite part of this training montage.
Gratuitous shot of Apollo’s crotch and quads. Not that we’re complaining.
Ever-supportive Adrian likes what she sees. And who can blame her?
Now look who’s winning!
Can’t you just hear Bill Conti’s score? (We’ll refrain from making any bromance jokes.)
All images from Rocky III, written and directed by Sylvester Stallone