Rocky: The Greatest Training Montage Ever?

We break down one of the greatest movie scenes ever, the training montage in 1976’s Rocky.

In the pantheon of great movie scenes, one of the greatest of all time has to be the iconic training montage from the first Rocky. Think about it. Is there a more iconic moment in cinema than the shot of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa running up those 72 stone steps that lead to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art? How many people make this pilgrimage each and every year to run up the stairs, channeling the Italian Stallion himself, and throwing their arms in the air in victory? Most people probably do it while listening to Bill Conti’s “Gotta Fly Now” on their AirPods. When they get to the top of those steps, they’re greeted by a Rocky statue, which ranks among the city’s greatest landmarks.

It’s such a great scene that here at JoBlo, we’re taking the opportunity to use it as a launch for an all-new show we’ve developed called “Scene Breakdown”. As the title suggests, each episode will consist of us breaking down some of our favorite, most iconic moments of film. Writer-editor-host Kier Gomes, who also does Marvel Revisited for us, will be your guide on what we hope will be a long-lasting series. 

What movies do you think we should feature? What are some of the most iconic movie moments ever? Let us know in the comments below!

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