of course inspired to the ultimate Phlilly southpaw hookin' swarmer, Smokin' Joe Frazier. There should have been a statue to Joe before Stallone.
Good writeup overall. I absolutely agree that Philly should have put a statue of Joe up before a Stallone one. But Joe Frazier was not a southpaw. We talked about that in this thread. He was right handed.
(Base voice) Ab-solutely Shane! I trust my thread makes clear that this was also a success, in my biased opinion. It has an overarching message of inspiration for older folks specifically, & those written off or otherwise marginalized. It explored human psychology in a convincing way, had nice grace notes like Rocky feeding an ex pug that coulda (sic) been him, aka not a lucky man who was gifted to become a "contender".
Here is truth telling & a loving fatherly upbraid. Shortly before Rocky saw his son taking an undeserved reaming from a man he did not respect, his kid's boss, & saying "thank you". Most of the film dealt more with feelings, demons & relationships, more so than the boxing.