Rocky “Three Oscars for this shit” When Stallone gets massacred in France

The first Rocky by John G Avildsen with Sylvester stallone, released in France in April 1977, has not failed to be shot down by some French critics. “Three Oscars for this shit “This story of a nerdy boxer, who finds fame by facing the World Heavyweight Champion, weighs fifteen tons.“April 1977 press review.

While the three-Oscar-winning film, now considered a cinema classic, will be releasing in our theaters on November 17, here are the vehement words of Premiere, Charlie hebdo and Positive published in April 1977.

Charlie hebdo : “Three Oscars for this (so little slyly) racist shit whose great audacity consists in endowing a vague thirtieth-order mafioso with all the ardor of the pioneers of free enterprise”.

Premiere : “Let’s tell the truth right now! I saw Rocky in New York, in a Broadway movie theater, near Forty-second Street, late at night, tired from jet lag and eyed askance by a character a I left with a good prejudice, influenced by the warm opinion of our correspondent in the USA, Jocelyne Benzakin, and impressed by the ten Oscar citations of this film.

Heavier was my disappointment. This story of a nerdy boxer, who finds fame by facing the World Heavyweight Champion, weighs fifteen tons. Sylvester Stallone, author and performer of the film, looks like Paul McCartney who, seeing himself getting fat, would have decided to do bodybuilding. There are a few sentimental moments when the handsome Rocky makes the eyes of a dead-loving boxer at a saleswoman of daphnia played by Talia Shire, but it still does not apply to Romeo and Juliet!

I must also admit, I left the room as the “Beast” trains against a bloody ox. But it seems, the last I heard, that I missed the best part: the scene where, bloodied, after a hard seventy-fifth round, he rejects Mr. Ramirez, to fall into the arms of the beautiful Adrian. Me who likes ‘happy end’… “

Premiere magazine is now enjoying this review to the bad faith assumed by its director of the editor of the time and founder Jean-Pierre Frimbois.

Positive: “An obstinately linear film,” Rocky “(…) is constantly situated in the middle of the possible, and we take care to erase everything that could dramatize and tilt the subject towards an overly decided statement.”

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However, there were not only negative reviews in France at the release of Rocky in 1977. Télérama, Le Figaro and Liberation, among others, like the film by John G Avildsen.

Release: More ironic than critical, the film touches with a certain sincerity.

Le Figaro : The match keeps us in suspense, we participate in it, we suffer with Rocky and the suspense is effective until the end.

Telerama: From an intimate story in its first part, Avildsen and Stallone gradually form a grand ballet whose rhythm climbs to the peak of boxing.

Rocky is back on our cinema screens on November 17th.

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Rocky “Three Oscars for this shit” When Stallone gets massacred in France