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On Nov. 21, 1976, audiences met Rocky Balboa, the southpaw boxer from south Philadelphia.LOVABLE UNDERDOG Written by Stallone in three days, fans fell hard for the ballad of Rocky Balboa.Rocky also finds love in the film with sheepish neighborhood pet-store clerk, Adrian (Talia Shire).CHEERS FOR ROCKY The film was the highest-grossing of the year, earning $117 million at the North American box office and another $107 million overseas.In 1982, a statue of Rocky commissioned by Stallone for "Rocky III" was placed in the spot where he stood in the original film.ROCKY'S NEXT CHAPTER The original movie was followed by six sequels.
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