It ain't over 'til it's over.
It is now 30 years since Rocky pummelled its way into movie iconography, and 16 years since the appearance of Rocky V, the last entry in the series. Now, writer/director/star, Sylvester Stallone, returns for one final round. No numerals are attached to this latest title; it’s simply, Rocky Balboa.
Rocky is a longtime retired boxer and remembered by most as one of the greatest boxing champions in the world. He now lives back in the skids of Philadelphia but manages a good life including running his restaurant Adrian's, helping an adult Little Marie and her son Steps, and saying hello at any opportunity to his estranged son Robert. After seeing a virtual fight of Rocky in his prime vs. heavyweight champion Mason "the Line" Dixon, Rocky's interest in fighting sparks again and he plans to fight in local clubs. Mason Dixon and his managers have a different agenda though, with a plan to pit Rocky vs. Mason in real life for a publicity act to regain Mason's lost respect from his fans. Finally agreeing to Mason Dixon's proposal, Rocky prepares to step in the ring for one last time.