The Ultimate Rocky Movies Quiz!

By: Torrance Grey
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
The Ultimate Rocky Movies Quiz!
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About This Quiz

Did you watch every "Rocky" movie ever made? If you did, you just might ace this quiz. Give it a go to find out just how much you remember of these popular movies.

Ahhh, "Rocky"... the ultimate movie about how the little guy, with a solid heart and a lot of hard work, can come out on top against all the odds. The movie pulled at the heart of every American moviegoer with this story about the American dream - work hard and you can be/do anything you want.

The initial low budget film turned into a powerhouse series of seven total films: "Rocky," "Rocky II," "Rocky III," "Rocky IV," "Rocky V," "Rocky Balboa," and "Creed," and spanned a time period of almost three decades. The first "Rocky" film was released in 1976, and the last film, "Creed," was released in 2015.

The "Rocky" franchise was spawned from one low-budget film with a budget of only $1 million and went on to earn $225 million at the box office, making it the biggest earner of 1976. The movie even won three Oscars. Sylvester Stallone himself wrote the screenplay for the film, which made him a household name.

Can you hold our own on this "Rocky" quiz? Let's find out.

What year was the first Rocky movie released?
1975
1976
Rocky won Best Picture for 1976.
1977
1978

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Who wrote the screenplay for the first film?
Frank Capra
Martin Scorsese
Sylvester Stallone
Incredibly, Stallone is supposed to have written the script in 3 days.
Burt Young

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What is Rocky's day job in the first film?
Gym janitor
P.E. teacher
Bodyguard
Collector for a loan shark
Rocky's soft heart gets him in trouble with his boss.

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Where does Adrian, Rocky's love interest, work?
A pet shop
Rocky drops by a lot to flirt, but she's initially painfully shy.
A movie theater
A skating rink
A day care

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How does Paulie, Adrian's brother, get her to go out with Rocky?
He gives her a new dress to wear
He tells her it's a favor to him
He says he can't support her forever, if she doesn't get married
He throw the Thanksgiving turkey out the window.
Paulie, an alcoholic, is given to outbursts and tactlessness throughout the series.

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Why does Apollo Creed choose to fight the unknown Rocky?
His manager has accused him of getting soft
He knew Rocky from high school
He wants to beat Rocky and win Adrian's attention
Giving an unknown a shot is a gimmick related to the US Bicenntennial
Creed was proving that America is the Land of Opportunity.

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Who actually wins the fight in the first film? (It's amazing how many people don't remember this).
Apollo, by a unanimous decision
Apollo, by a split decision
As the exhausted boxers cling to each other late in the fight, Apollo says, "Ain't gonna be no rematch" and Rocky says, "Don't want one."
Rocky, by a split decision
Rocky by knockout

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Why does Apollo decide on a rematch with Rocky?
The payday is irresistible
His wife has a crush on Rocky, which he finds intolerable
He held back in the first match and knows he could fight better
Boxing fans are taunting him about nearly losing to an unknown
Apollo taunts the now-retired Rocky into accepting the bout

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What medical crisis does Adrian undergo in "Rocky II"?
She's in a car crash
She suffers a miscarriage
She slips into a coma after giving birth
After she awakens, she gives her blessing to the rematch with Apollo Creed.
She is diagnosed with Parkinson's

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How did Rocky come up with his nickname, "The Italian Stallion"?
High school classmates gave it to him
Neighborhood girls called him that, because he was such a player
Mickey, his manager, liked the rhyme
Rocky thought it up while eating dinner
The scene with the reporter illustrated how ill-trained Rocky was talking to the media.

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Whom does Rocky stop briefly to visit on his way to the rematch with Apollo?
His grandparents
His old gym
His priest, Father Carmine
Father Carmine gives him a quick blessing from an upstairs window.
His old boss, Gazzo the loan shark

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Near the beginning of Rocky III, what shocking secret does Mickey reveal?
Apollo Creed threw their second fight
Mickey has brain cancer
Rocky's opponents were handpicked to be easy fights
Rocky has had ten successful title defenses by this point.
Rocky is his illegitimate son

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What pushes Rocky into accepting the match with Clubber Lang?
Lang makes a sexually offensive remark to Adrian
Lang also suggests what Mickey later confirms -- that Rocky has been fighting easy opponents.
Rocky's son really wants him to fight
The boxers at Rocky's old gym have a huge wager riding on it
Apollo taunts Rocky into it, much like Apollo's fans taunted him into the second fight with Rocky

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Who had a cameo as "Thunderlips," the wrestler Rocky fights in a charity match?
Andre the Giant
Hulk Hogan
Hogan's cameo came in montage that showed how popular and media-savvy Rocky had become since the second film.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Bret Hart

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Where do Apollo and Rocky train for the rematch with Lang?
Rocky's old meatpacking plant
Apollo's old Los Angeles gym
Apollo's training incorporates more speed and strategy into Rocky's straightforward 'brawler' style
A rural Pennsylvania farm
The slums of Brooklyn

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What 'favor' did Apollo ask of Rocky in return for his training?
That Rocky mentor Apollo's son
For Rocky to partner with him in a gym
That Rocky give Apollo public credit for his training
That they would fight, away from the cameras and fans, at Apollo's gym
The credits roll just after the first exchange of blows.

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In "Rocky IV," who does Ivan Drago fight before Rocky?
Clubber Lang
Apollo Creed
Apollo dies as a result of the punishing bout.
Apollo's son
Rocky's son

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What does Drago say after Apollo is rushed from the ring, severely injured?
"Fight is a cruel mistress."
"If he dies, he dies like a gladiator."
"If he dies, he dies for his country."
"If he dies, he dies."
Rocky threw in the towel, but too late to save Apollo.

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Where does Rocky train for his bout with Drago?
Apollo's gym in Los Angeles
A remote island in the Black Sea
An American gym for US Olympic boxers
Krasnogourbinsk, USSR
In contrast, Drago is seen training in a state-of-the-art Soviet facility.

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Which actress, popular in the 80s, played Drago's wife Ludmilla?
Brigitte Nielsen
Not to be confused with Connie Nielsen, who is also Danish.
Nastassja Kinski
Kim Basinger
Lena Olin

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In "Rocky V," how does the Balboa family lose their fortune?
Paying off Paulie's massive gambling debts
Through the bad investing of a shady accountant
The family moves back to south Philly, and Adrian even goes back to work at the pet shop.
Rocky is sued by former sparring partners he injured
We never learn this

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Why is Rocky able to hold onto Mickey's old gym, despite losing everything else?
The gym is worth nothing, so his creditors reject it
He buys it back with cash he'd hidden under the floorboards
Mickey willed the gym directly to Rocky's son
Rocky re-opens the gym, leading to his new career as a trainer.
Rocky signed the gym over to Paulie in a sentimental moment

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What is the name of the young fighter that Rocky trains in the fifth film?
The Duke
The Maniac
Tommy "the Machine" Gunn
George Washington Duke was the name of the promoter Gunn defects to.
Tommy Knocker

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What is Rocky's (and his son's) real first name, revealed in the 5th film?
Rocco
Robert
Robert Jr. was played by Sage Stallone.
Romulus
Rudolf

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What is Paulie's hobby, seen prominently in "Rocky Balboa"?
Chess
Chinese checkers
Painting
Paulie is painting at the meat-packing plant when Rocky comes to visit, and carries a painting under his arm when he gets laid off.
Herb gardening

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What is the name of Rocky's Italian restaurant?
Rocky's
Adrian's
Rocky serves as maitre'd there and tells patrons stories from his ring days.
Balboa's
The Tuscan Garden

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What name does Little Marie's son go by?
Marky
Lil'Mark
Steps
Rocky befriends Steps, who becomes part of his corner crew at the climactic fight.
Baby Shoes

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What is the final shot/image in "Rocky Balboa"?
Rocky with his arms raised in triumph
A long shot of Rocky walking out of the venue alone
Roses on Adrian's grave
Earlier, Rocky is seen to hide a chair at the cemetery so he can sit and visit her.
The famous "Rocky" statue in Philadelphia

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In "Creed," who took Donnie in after his time in juvenile detention?
Rocky
Paulie
Creed's former trainer Duke
Creed's widow Mary Anne
Donnie's last name is Johnson; he unwillingly changes it to Creed later.

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Who plays Rocky Jr. in "Creed"?
Paul Dano
Sage Stallone
Milo Ventimiglia
No one
Sage Stallone and Milo Ventimiglia played Robert Jr. in previous films.

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Where does the climactic fight in "Creed" take place?
Madison Square Garden, New York
Philadelphia's Spectrum arena
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
A venue in Liverpool
Liverpool was the hometown of Donnie's opponent, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan.

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What is the outcome of the Creed-Conlan fight?
Donnie wins by knockout
Donnie wins by split decision
Conlan wins by split decision
The early and late films in the series rejected Cinderella endings for bittersweet realistic ones.
Conlan wins by knockout

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Which is the only movie in the series to end with a street fight?
Rocky Balboa
Creed
Rocky V
Rocky fights his former protege, Tommy Gunn, outside a bar.
None of them do

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Who directed the first "Rocky" film?
John Avildsen
He won Best Director for the 1976 film, and returned for the fifth film.
Frank Capra
George Lucas
Stallone insisted on directing himself.

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Where do the famous "Rocky Steps" lead up to?
Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia's federal courthouse
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
On about any good-weather day, you can see tourists jumping around in imitation of Rocky there.
The Philadelphia DMV

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What was the dead-broke Stallone trying to sell before he broke through with "Rocky"?
His car
His home
His grandfather's pocket watch
His dog, that he couldn't afford to feed
The story has a happy ending: Butkus the dog appeared in the first movie, and afterward Stallone could certainly afford his food.

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How many Oscars did "Rocky" win?
One, for Best Picture
Two, for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay
Three, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing
Stallone was nominated again, this time as Best Supporting Actor, for the much-later "Creed."
Three, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Lead Role

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