Sylvester Stallone’s dad rang the bell at the start of a fight… and 9 other things you didn’t know about Rocky as it turns 40

Nov 23, 2016 545

THE Rocky series were the movies which rocketed Sylvester Stallone into the public eye, and cemented his position as an A-list celeb. A rags to riches story much like Stallone's own, it follows the life of a working class Italian-American boxer, called Rocky Balboa, who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championships.

The original film was both written by and starring Stallone, and went on to earn £180 million worldwide – despite being made for just £860,000. Here are 10 facts you might not know about the Academy Award winning sports film.

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