How Well Do You Know The Rocky Franchise?


By: Riley Jones

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When discussing great sports movies, films like Remember the Titans and Hoosiers often get mentioned first, but in our opinion, the best sports movie of all time is unequivocally Rocky. Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the 1976 sports drama tells the story of a kind-hearted Italian-American boxer named Rocky Balboa who gets a shot against heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. 

Despite the film being made for only $1 million, Rocky went on gross over $225 million globally, making it the highest-grossing film of 1976. As a result of the film's success, the franchise flourished and seven sequels were made, two of which involve an aging Balboa training Apollo Creed's son, Adonis. 

"Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!" - Rocky Balboa

If you've seen every Rocky movie more times than you can count and the quote above gave you goosebumps, you've come to the right place. Do you have what it takes to step into the ring and test your knowledge of the Rocky film franchise? Find out if you'll be victorious or suffer a devastating knockout... Ding! Ding!

What is Rocky’s last name?

Robert “Rocky” Balboa was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 6, 1945, which also happens to be Sylvester Stallone's birthday. Stallone has portrayed the character in all eight Rocky movies.


Discluding the Creed films, how many Rocky movies are there?

There are six Rocky movies (Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, and Rocky Balboa) and two Creed films (Creed and Creed II). The first Rocky movie was initially released on November 21, 1976.


Where is Rocky Balboa's hometown?

Interesting enough, the 72 steps Rocky runs up during the iconic training scene from Rocky (1976), which is located at the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a major tourist spot and has become known as the "Rocky Steps."


Who does Rocky go toe-to-toe with in the final scene of Rocky III?

At the end of Rocky III, Balboa and Apollo walk into an empty boxing gym and after some friendly banter, they square off for a third and final time. Although the conclusion was never determined, we later learned in Creed (2015) that Apollo won the rubber match.


Which of the following boxers sensed Rocky had become lazy and overconfident and as a result, challenged him to a fight in Rocky III?

Clubber Lang, portrayed by Mr. T, challenges and defeats Rocky Balboa with a brutal haymaker during the second round of their bout, winning the heavyweight championship and sending the famed boxer into a pit of depression.


What is Rocky known for drinking before his morning run?

Although we wouldn't recommend it, Rocky Balboa would drink raw eggs before every run because they're an excellent source of muscle-building protein and faster than making an omelet.


In which of the films does Mickey tell Rocky “You're gonna eat lightning' and you're gonna crap thunder!”

While Rocky is training with a sparring partner for his fight in the first film, Mickey can be heard on the ropes yelling this iconic line to Rocky. Mickey "Mighty Mick" Goldmill was played by Burgess Meredith.


Approximately how many children were used as extras in Rocky’s iconic run from his house to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art?

Roughly 800 children from a local school in Philadelphia were used as extras in this unforgettable scene. The 72 stone steps before the entrance of Philadelphia Museum of Art are now commonly known to locals and tourists as "Rocky Steps."


What is the name of Apollo Creed’s son and star of the Creed franchise?

Played by Michael B. Jordan, Adonis Creed is the one and only son of the former heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed. Wanting to follow in his father's footsteps, Adonis turns to Rocky to help train him to become a champion like his father.


Where did Rocky meet his wife Adrian?

Adrian worked at a pet store in the same neighborhood as Rocky. He would stop by from time to time to buy food and pet supplies before eventually working up the courage to ask her out on a date.


Which of the following actors was passed on for the role of Adrian because both the producers and Stallone felt she was “too sexy" for the role?

Before Talia Shire landed the role of Adrian Pennino, Susan Sarandon was being considered but eventually lost out on the role because she was believed to be “too sexy." In our opinion, Shire is beautiful and was the perfect choice.


In which movie does Rocky say, "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place,...?"

After a disagreement about life, Rocky reminds his son, played by Milo Ventimiglia, to keep fighting and to never give up. If you ever feel like life is getting the best of you, find this inspiration quote on YouTube, it'll help.


On which holiday does Rocky take Adrian out on their first date at the local skating rink?

Rocky and Adrian first date was at a skating rink on Thanksgiving day. Despite going to an ice rink, Rocky decided not to put on skates because as he claimed it was "bad for the ankles."


Which professional Boxer did Stallone really want to play Clubber Lang in Rocky III?

Initially, Sylvester Stallone had hoped Joe Frazier would get the role, but during a sparring session, "Smokin' Joe" split Sly's face open, resulting in a huge gash. As a result, the studio decided to cast Mr. T instead.


In which of the films does Rocky say “I was wonderin' if, uh, you wouldn't mind marryin' me very much.”

While at the zoo during the Rocky II (1979), Balboa nervously asks Adrian to marry him, which she happily accepts. Shortly after the pair get married, Adrian reveals that she is pregnant.


What are the names of Rocky’s two pet turtles?

On May 5, 2018, Sylvester Stallone posted a photo on Instagram of his pet turtles Cuff and Link with the caption, "In CREED 2 with my original buddies from the first Rocky ... CUFF and LINK , now about 44 years old!"


Who is the first fighter we see Rocky having an official boxing match with?

After being head-butted by Spider Rico, Rocky lands a furious combination of haymakers, knocking Spider out cold. Rico, played by Pedro Lovell, also made a cameo in Rocky Balboa in 2006.


On their first date, Adrian asks Rocky why he wants to fight. What was his response?

While on their first date at the skating rink, Adrian asks Rocky why he fights and the “Italian stallion” comically responds by saying “because I can’t sing or dance.”


Which of the following actresses plays Adonis's girlfriend/wife, Bianca, in the Creed films?

Bianca is played by the talented Tessa Thompson, also known for roles in Westworld, Men in Black: International, Annihilation, and playing Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Which character did former amateur boxer Florian Munteanu play in Creed II?

Former Romanian amateur boxer Florian Munteanu was relatively unknown prior to being cast to play Drago's son in the Creed sequel. Munteanu can also be found in Bogart (2016) and The Noite com Danilo Gentili (2014).


What is the name of Adonis and Bianca Creed's daughter?

Adonis and Bianca Creed's daughter, Amara, was born during Creed II (2018). It was later revealed that Amara was born deaf, a condition passed on by her mother, who also suffers from a progressive hearing disorder.


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