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Tear Jerker / Rocky

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  • Mickey shows up at Rocky's home to offer to be his manager, just so he can prevent the bad things that happen to Mickey from happening to Rocky. Rocky rejects him at first, talking about the times Mickey refused to help him or give him a break, and it gets to the point where Mickey feels so ashamed of himself that he just turns and walks away.
  • Rocky confides in Adrian before his first fight with Apollo. I Just Want to Be Special at its most bleak:
    Rocky: I can't do it.
    Adrian: What?
    Rocky: I can't beat him.
    Adrian: Apollo?
    Rocky: Yeah. I've been out there walking around, thinking. I mean, who am I kidding? I ain't even in the guy's league.
    Adrian: (sighs) What're we gonna do?
    Rocky: I dunno.
    Adrian: You worked so hard.
    Rocky: Yeah, it don't matter. Because I was nobody before.
    Adrian: Don't say that.
    Rocky: C'mon, Adrian. It's true. I was nobody. But it don't matter either, y'know? 'Cause I was thinking. It really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed. And if I can go that distance, see, if that bell rings and I'm still standing, I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I wasn't just another bum from the neighborhood.
    • The scene immediately before this, where Rocky has his sad realization, staring at all the seats in the massive arena he'll be fighting in when all he's ever fought in is small gyms. As if to add salt in the wound, the poster with Rocky's picture doesn't even have his trunks painted the right color, and when he mentions it to the promoter, the promoter just blows him off because in the end, no one really cares about Rocky.
  • One would shed Manly Tears at the sight of a busted up Rocky crying out to Adrian after enduring such a long, grueling fight. The audience would feel as proud for Rocky as Adrian and the others would. It's also the most heartwarming moment in Hollywood history.


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