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December 22, 2006

Rocky Balboa: Courage, Integrity, Faith, Victory The Movie

December 22, 2006 | By | 6 Comments



at the base of the steps Your Business Blogger was in Philly recently and wondered about the Rocky statue that was briefly at the top of the 72 steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since September, the statue is now at the base of the steps.

So I decided to ask the man who might know, Sylvester Stallone.

Why? I asked him.

Rocky Sly says, It’s better where it is — at the base of the steps. At the top was the completion — the end — but it’s not the completion that counts — it’s the journey. The Effort; The Passion.

Or, as Rocky says in the movie, The Beast trying to get out.

The step-climbing, the process, the journey, reminded me of Earl Nightingale’s definition of success: The progressive realization of a worthy goal.

Success on this side of eternity and finishing the fight, the race, for the other side of eternity. The passion and The Passion.

The new Rocky movie was about the beast, the fire in the gut getting out and lighting up the world.

The Completion and incidentally, The End.

Your Business Blogger and Charmaine were guests for a premier showing of the film in Your Nation’s Capital a few weeks ago. A must see. Blood and a beating and a victory…although not quite what you would think. And not quite a tie.

The pre-screening was at the Regal Theater on K Street in Georgetown, DC.

After the viewing, we were invited with a few dozen of our closest new best friends to meet Sylvester Stallone at the Four Seasons.

I made a little wager with Charmaine: when Rocky walked in, he’d get a standing O. Charmaine said O, no — it will be respectful silence.

As it happened, we were both right; both of us winning. (A nice way to end a marital debate, as well as a movie) When Sly walked in (with only three handlers, security out of sight) there was enthusiastic applause — but not standing and shouting as I would have thought, and I almost did, Charmaine enforcing a restraining order on my arm…

Sylvester Stallone at three score years and zero body fat and six Rocky movies (Rambo aside) strolled in wearing a comfortable-looking blue long sleeve shirt and blue jeans and funky shoes Charmaine could not ID. He sat at the head of a long conference table to talk about The Final Rocky Movie.

His Faith made him do it. And Jesus was in the details.

The music score kept up the motivation: A big score for a little man, he says.

The music alone is enough to have Rocky Top any opponent.


Rocky Balboa at the Top

Museum of Art, Phildephia

Totally But not without effort. Stallone says that he’s one of three Republicans in Hollywood — and that influences getting work — don’t let anyone say otherwise.

No wonder Sylvester Stallone was comfortable in Washington, DC: Congress now looks just like Hollywood…

Except Hollywood might have more conservatives than Congress.

Sly (we are on first names, natch) is a real professional at work, especially in how he worked the room. He is immediately likable. I’d vote for him. And see his movies.

(And he embodies the difference between liberals and conservatives:

Reagan was an Actor who became a Politician.

Clinton was a Politician who became an Actor.

Stallone is genuine. Authentic. Transparent.)

He spent some 40 minutes sharing his Faith and eternal values and how that made the movie moving. He loves Jesus and Liberals hate him. (Both Jesus and Rocky.)


The Diva and The Dude with

Art in Philadephia There is room all over Philly for all manner of “art” but not Rocky at the Top of the Museum of Art. The Rocky Statue is not considered art but only a “movie prop.”



A. Thomas Schomberg, 1982 Where marketing meets real life.

DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer, says in Stallone still packs punch with Rocky

Besides filming most of the movie in the city, mostly in Kensington and South Philadelphia, Stallone has made several trips the last few months. The Rocky Balboa statue returned in September to the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, not far from the steps where the fictitious hard-luck fighter made movie history. And Stallone promoted the movie at a Philadelphia Eagles game earlier this month, earning another boisterous reaction.

Not many movie characters are as synonymous with a city as Rocky and Philadelphia.


Rocky Balboa

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Management training tips and for more on Philadelphia and business, see:

John Wanamaker, Half of my marketing budget is wasted…problem is…I don’t know which half.

Benjamin Franklin, A success story — read how Franklin got Benjamin’s.

John Kerry, Learn how swiss cheese cost him the election at Pat’s Steakhouse.

Clowns in Philly, What two groups of people should never be at a negotiation table?

Rocky Balboa is in theaters now. And be sure to stay to the very end — terrifc clips of common tourists running and boxing at the top of the steps. Required activity when visiting Philadelphia. Like eating at Pat’s.

Full Disclosure: 2 movie tickets were provided at no charge, no popcorn and no request for a favorable review. I did attempt to sell out. The PR team didn’t bite.

See Movie Review: Rocky Balboa.


RottenTomatoes has more.

There are six Rocky movies:

Rocky 1976 – Oscar for best picture

Rocky II 1979 – he wins the title

Rocky III 1982 – Mr T and Hulk Hogan

Rocky IV 1985 – Dolf Lungren (I must break you)

Rocky V 1990 – Tommy Morrison

Rocky Balboa – out this week

Stallone once said in an interview that he wanted to stop with the first one. That Rocky would be one punch from winning the title but was shocked at the crowd wanting blood and would turn and walk away; satisfied that he went the distance.

Rocky Balboa — Full Cast and Crew

Directed by

Sylvester Stallone

Writing credits (WGA)

Sylvester Stallone (written by)

Sylvester Stallone (characters)

Cast (in credits order)

Sylvester Stallone …. Rocky Balboa

Burt Young …. Paulie

Antonio Tarver …. Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon

Geraldine Hughes …. Marie

Milo Ventimiglia …. Rocky Jr.

Tony Burton …. Duke

A.J. Benza …. L.C.

James Francis Kelly III …. Steps

Talia Shire …. Adrian

Lou DiBella …. Himself

Mike Tyson …. Himself

Henry G. Sanders …. Martin

Pedro Lovell …. Spider Rico

Ana Gerena …. Isabel

Angela Boyd …. Angie

Louis Giansante …. Bar Thug

Maureen Schilling …. Lucky’s Bartender

Lahmard J. Tate …. X-Cell (as Lahmard Tate)

Woody Paige …. ESPN Commentator #1 (as Woodrow W. Paige)

Jay Crawford …. ESPN Commentator #3

Brian Kenny …. ESPN Host #1

Dana Jacobson …. ESPN Host #2

Skip Bayless …. ESPN Host #3

Charles Johnson …. ESPN Host #3 (as Chuck Johnson)

James Binns …. Commissioner #1

Johnnie Hobbs Jr. …. Commissioner #2

Barney Fitzpatrick …. Commissioner #3

Jim Lampley …. HBO Commentator #1

Larry Merchant …. HBO Commentator #2

Max Kellerman …. HBO Commentator #3

LeRoy Neiman …. Himself

Bert Randolph Sugar …. Ring Magazine Reporter

Bernard Fernández …. Boxing Association of America Writer

Gunnar Peterson …. Weightlifting Trainer

Yahya …. Dixon’s Opponent

Marc Ratner …. Weigh-In Official

Anthony Lato Jr. …. Rocky’s Inspector

Jack Lazzarado …. Dixon’s Inspector

Michael Buffer …. Dixon’s Inspector

Joe Cortez …. Referee

Carter Mitchell …. Shamrock Foreman

Vinod Kumar …. Ravi

Fran Pultro …. Father at Restaurant

Frank Stallone …. Dinner Patron

Jody Giambelluca …. Dinner Patron

Tobias Segal …. Robert’s Friend #1

Tim Carr …. Robert’s Friend #2

Matt Frack …. Robert’s Friend #3

Paul Dion Monte …. Robert’s Friend #4

Kevin King Templeton …. Robert’s Friend #5

Robert Michael Kelly …. Mr. Tomilson

Nick Baker …. Irish Pub Bartender

Don Sherman …. Andy

Stu Nahan …. Computer Fight Commentator

Gary Compton …. Security Guard

rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rick Buchborn …. Tomilson Rocky Fan

Ricky Cavazos …. Boxing Spectator (uncredited)

Produced by

Robert Chartoff …. executive producer

William Chartoff …. producer

Kevin King …. producer

Guy Riedel …. co-producer

Sylvester Stallone …. executive producer

Charles Winkler …. producer

David Winkler …. producer

Irwin Winkler …. executive producer

Original Music by

Bill Conti

Cinematography by

J. Clark Mathis (director of photography)

Film Editing by

Sean Albertson

Casting by

Diane Heery

Sheila Jaffe

Production Design by

Franco-Giacomo Carbone

Art Direction by

Michael Atwell

Jesse Rosenthal

Set Decoration by

Robert Greenfield

Costume Design by

Gretchen Patch

Makeup Department

Carlton Coleman …. makeup lab technician: W.M. Creations

Carlton Coleman …. mold maker: W.M. Creations

Scott H. Eddo …. makeup department head

Rich Knight …. makeup lab technician: W.M. Creations

Rich Knight …. mold maker: W.M. Creations

Matthew W. Mungle …. prosthetic supply

Nicole Venables …. personal hair stylist: Sylvester Stallone

Production Management

Udi Nedivi …. unit production manager

Carey Smith Ludwig …. post-production supervisor (as Carey Len Smith)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Katie Carroll …. second second assistant director

Christina Fong …. second assistant director

Rip Murray …. first assistant director

Christian Pichler …. second second assistant director

Ken Twohy …. crowds assistant director

Art Department

Adrienne Boyd …. art department coordinator

Curtis Coyote …. painter: Philadelphia

Jonathan A. Davidson …. key construction grip

Mathias Fain …. set dresser

Sean Ginevan …. leadman

Alberto Gonzalez-Reyna …. assistant art director

Brandi Hugo …. art department assistant

Kent H. Johnson …. property master

Joseph Kearney …. construction coordinator: LA/Las Vegas

Eric Knight …. stand-by painter

Robert E. Knight …. head paint foreman

Paul Maiello …. construction coordinator

Jonah Markowitz …. assistant art director

Cameron Matheson …. set dressing gang boss

Scott Owen …. set dresser

Randy L. Parisian …. scenic artist

Drew Pinniger …. props

Jolie Scherberger …. set dresser

Billy Stearne …. props

Billy Stearne …. set dresser

Kathleen Walker …. art department coordinator

Sound Department

Adam Blantz …. utility sound technician

Anthony J. Ciccolini III …. supervising sound editor (as Chic Ciccolini III)

Vincent Cirilli …. pro tools engineer

Brian John Gardner …. apprentice sound editor

Vincent Guisetti …. foley artist

Tom Hartig …. boom operator

Lisa Jaime …. music editor

Daniel J. Johnson …. music editor

Pamela Kahn …. foley artist

Larry Kemp …. adr editor

Tateum Kohut …. sound re-recording mixer

Howard London …. adr mixer

Steve Maslow …. supervising sound mixer

Chris McGeary …. music editor

Kyle Rochlin …. foley mixer

Lynn Sable …. assistant sound editor

Mark Ulano …. production sound mixer

Dan Wallin …. music scoring mixer

Special Effects by

John C. Hartigan …. special effects director

Visual Effects by

Adam Avitabile …. digital compositor

Lloyd Lee Barnett …. digital compositor

Chad Buehler …. 2D visual effects supervisor

Chad Buehler …. lead compositor

Cyntia Büll …. digital compositor

D. Walt Cameron …. digital compositor

Eric D. Christensen …. senior staff: RotoFactory, Inc.

Marie Victoria Denoga …. digital compositor

Sharon R. Eisenberg …. rotoscope artist

Henrik Fett …. visual effects supervisor

Jenny Foster …. visual effects coordinator

Mark Freund …. visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title

Scott Gaynos …. digital artist: RotoFactory

Brian Hanable …. digital effects compositor: Pacific Title

Andreas Jablonka …. digital compositor: LOOK! Effects inc.

Michael Kaelin …. digital compositor/matchmover: LookFX

W. Regan McGee …. digital artist

C. Andrew Nelson …. digital effects artist: RotoFactory, Inc.

Chad Schott …. digital compositor

M. Zachary Sherman …. digital effects artist

Tefft Smith …. digital effects artist: LOOK! Effects inc.

Rene Tougeron …. visual effects producer: RotoFactory, Inc.

Justin van der Lek …. digital compositor

Stephen Wilson …. digital compositor

Doug Witsken …. digital compositor

Jennifer Yu …. digital artist


Mark De Alessandro …. stunt coordinator/double

Other crew

Susan Paley Abramson …. casting associate

Nicole Agostino …. production assistant: Philadelphia

Sean Albertson …. supervising editor

Anthony Almaraz …. costumer

Gil Amaral …. transportation coordinator

Joe Biggins …. inflatable mannequins

John Bramley …. still photographer

Paul Bronkar …. digital intermediate colorist

Gary Burritt …. negative cutter

Rod Calarco …. first assistant camera: “b” camera

Cathleen M. Carden …. local assistant production accountant

Mark Catania …. grip

Christann Chanell …. costume department assistant

Seth Clark …. first assistant editor

Heather Cohen …. travel coordinator

Malika R. Cohen …. set production assistant

Danielle Colli …. casting assistant

Fred Cooper …. grip

Scott Crabbe …. key digital video assist operator

L. Chip Crosby Jr. …. transportation captain

Amy Cutler …. parking assistant

Dante …. extras warm-up comedian

Benjamin Davidow …. production assistant

Gabe de Kelaita …. production assistant: Las Vegas

Tracy Dixon …. extras casting

Sean Donnelly …. location assistant

Robert Drwila …. assistant editor

Debbie Durkin …. special thanks

Federico Ferreri …. production assistant: Philadelphia

Rudi Fischer …. assistant parking coordinator: Philadelphia

Stephen Fischer …. location scout: Los Angeles

Stephen Fischer …. key assistant location manager: Los Angeles

Colette Gabriel …. camera loader

Harley Glantz …. graphics producer: HBO

Steven James Golebiowski …. second accountant

John Graber …. second assistant accountant

Peter Gray …. 24p high definition systems engineer

Julia Grove …. editorial assistant

Vanessa Gutin …. production secretary

Staci Hagenbaugh …. location assistant

Paul Harb …. additional editor

Paul Harb …. montage editor

Barbara Harris …. adr voice casting

Tammy Lynn Howell …. production assistant

Honora Jackson …. costumer

Cheri Jacobs …. first accountant

Baron Jay …. stand-in

Gregory F. Johnson …. grip: Philadelphia

Gregory F. Johnson …. grip

Kurtis Johnson …. accounting clerk

Dan Jones …. electrician

Kathleen Kelly …. key medic

Kirk Kelly …. transportation

Michael Kelly …. transportation

Kelsey Kimes …. driver

Rachel Klein …. post-production supervisor: HBO

Monique LaMontagne …. set location assistant

Gary LaPoten …. production consultant

Michael Asa Leonard …. first assistant camera: “b” camera

Talia Leone …. office production assistant: Philadelphia

Terren Lin …. parking assistant

Tali Lipa …. accountant

Avery Little …. location site representative

Jason Loftus …. local casting associate: Philadelphia

Paul Lohr …. electrician

Matt Lombardo …. set production assistant: Las Vegas

Adam C. Londy …. set production assistant

William Louthe …. electrician

James Lowder …. transportation coordinator

Rob Mabin …. electrician

Justin G. Maguire …. production assistant

Caroline Mah …. transportation secretary

Sheryl Main …. publicist

David Malley …. assistant production coordinator

David Matusek …. apprentice editor

Jason A. McCauley …. parking coordinator: Philadelphia

Terry Meadows …. gaffer: second unit

Isaac Mejía …. set production assistant

Tim Metivier …. first assistant camera

Tony Milus …. assistant: Antonio Tarver

Kelly Moran-Brown …. production coordinator

Jerimiah Morey …. assistant colorist

John Morrone III …. transportation coordinator: main unit

John S. Moyer …. camera operator: “b” camera

John S. Moyer …. steadicam operator

Francine Natale …. local rigging gaffer: Philadelphia

Matthew S. O’Brien …. office production assistant

Brian S. Osmond …. first assistant camera: “a” camera

Justin Panzanaro …. grip

Sharon Pinkenson …. film commissioner

Mark Pricskett …. photo double

Katie Pruitt …. set production assistant

David Raynor …. assistant production coordinator: Philadelphia

Brian H. Reynolds …. key grip

Shannon E. Riggs …. assistant: Guy Riedel

Julian Ruhe …. assistant location manager

Jose Ruisanchez …. assistant: Charles Winkler, Billy Chartoff and David Winkler

J. Celeste Salzer …. assistant: Mr. Stallone

Leon Sanginiti …. second assistant camera: “b” camera

Gregory Santoro …. production assistant

Daniel D. Sariano …. assistant camera

Evan Schiff …. assistant editor

Paul Schreiber …. key location manager

Paul Schreiber …. location scout: Los Angeles

Jason J. Scott …. production assistant

Mike Sime …. video playback engineer

Hope Slepak …. costume supervisor

Richard Streeter …. production assistant

Sean Kevin Sweeney …. extras casting

Tommy Taormina Jr. …. stand-in

Brian Taylor …. production assistant

James ‘Biff’ Thomsen …. electrician

Scott Trimble …. location scout: Los Angeles

Mike Tsucalas …. set production assistant: Las Vegas

Marion Tumen …. script supervisor

Daniel L. Turrett …. camera operator: “a” camera

Bill Vergos …. assistant: Burt Young

Michael J. Walker …. additional camera operator

Larry Wallace …. gaffer

Michael L. Watson …. extras

Ken C. Wu …. set production assistant

Dave Zarenkiewicz …. location scout

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  1. Thanks for pointing your readers toward my review. I suppose I qualify as “equal time?” 😉

  2. Pat Patterson

    Aside from the technical merits I have always liked the Rocky statue. This is a man acknowledging the cheers of the crowd but is still seperate from them. He is not the great general returning with captives and garlands but the gladiator who recognizes the baseness of the competition but is fulfilled nonetheless.

    The arms raised in the Roman gesture of acclamation is typical of heroic gestures but the slight step forward is more in the nature of a Hellenic athlete. Just the right balance.

  3. Sohan

    I was wondering if you would be able to assist me in my enquiry. I am a PR Officer from England and searching for the Agent or Management contact for Hollywood actor Mr. Sylvester Stallone.

    Is there any possiblity that you could point me into the right direction.

    Kind Regards,

    Mr. Sohan Kailey

    Ozone PR Entertainment

  4. aya minerva

    please send me a summary of the movie thanks

  5. I was wondering where in the USA was Victory with Stallone, sydow and others was filmed at. Afriend of mine told me that that movie was filmed there and nowhe’s gone and I’m trying to find out. Please e-mail me asap if you can. By the way,it was very intereting reading from thos URL and your Reasoned Audacicity.

    Thanks so much,


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