Iconic actor, writer, and director Sylvester Stallone rose to fame with his portrayal of perhaps the most famous (albeit fictitious) Philadelphian of all time: Rocky Balboa. From ROCKY to the RAMBO and THE EXPENDABLES series and beyond, Stallone’s impact on cinema and his enduring characters have solidified his legacy in Hollywood, inspiring generations and shaping the action genre. In this intimate and surprising doc from director Thom Zimny, Stallone looks back on his storied 50-year career, forthrightly reassessing some of his missteps and offering fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes. SLY touches on Stallone’s hard-knocks Hell’s Kitchen upbringing, during which his imagination and creativity provided him a much-needed lifeline. After years of struggling to make it, he suddenly found himself with the kind of instant fame and critical success most young performers could only dream of when Rocky became a runaway, zeitgeist-defining success. The ensuing years have had their share of ups and downs, but, as this fascinating portrait vividly shows, Stallone has never lost his underdog spirit, nor his keen intelligence.
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