If you haven’t heard the story of how Sylvester Stallone’s knockout came to fruition, it’s a story as epic as the film itself. In many ways, Stallone wrote the film about himself; he was a nobody whose wife left him, who was so poor that he had to sell his dog for food money, and came out of nowhere to write one of the biggest films in history. Indeed, Rocky is a story of proving to yourself and the world that you are more than a nobody. And the end scene of this film is what makes it so famous.
The line, of course, is immortal. And, while it is a bit cheesy, it is still affecting all these years later. But moreover, the iconic and incredibly uplifting music (recorded by a bare-bones orchaestra) adds to the impact in an almost life-changing way. And the little moments, like Adrian losing her hat, which was unscripted, but worked beautifully. And the writing as Apollo says “Ain’t gonna be no rematch.” And Rocky replies with, “Don’t want one.” It shows us the character of Rocky. He didn’t come to win. He came to prove that he could go the distance. And Stallone wants to show us that we can to, and that no one should stand in our way.