Throwback Thursday: So much Stallone!
The sheer amount of bravado in a Sylvester Stallone film can cause a pre-pubescent boy to grow a Chuck Norris-like patch of chest hair overnight, so when Sly released two films on the same date 11 years apart stock in body hair trimmers rose $3 per share. True story. In 1982, Stallone released the slightly homoerotic sequel to one of the greatest American-made sagas of all time. It joined two former combatants together in an attempt to keep Mr. T and his weird grunt and mohawk from ruling the boxing world. Rocky 3 flipped the script on the Balboa series; no longer was he some great underdog but instead he was a rich, out of touch fraud of a champion who forgot what real competition was all about. Carl Weathers puts in an excellent performance as Apollo Creed; training, willing, and montaging Rocky to victory. Plus, there was this.
The second film released on this day by Stallone is one that I’ve mentioned before featuring some of the coolest rock climbing and stunt work of any movie in recent years. Cliffhanger holds a very special place in my heart and it’s one of those movies that I’ve seen so many times that I can recite many of the scenes line for line. Michael Rooker plays an awesome sidekick to Sly and that opening sequence with the fall still gives me the heebie jeebies when I watch it all these years later. Help me in sending out a much needed thank you to Mr. Stallone for both of these awesomely badass films released on this day in history.