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Monday, October 17, 2005

I'm Glad They Didn't Make Casablanca II

Yes, folks, Rocky VI is in the works.

Read all about it here.

I honestly thought they'd stop with Rocky V, which made very little sense, although it gave cameos to Philadelphia media veterans Al Meltzer, Stan Hochman and Elmer Smith. Rocky IV had some moments, but the speech at the end about "can't we all get along" was a bit much, and I doubt that a bunch of dyed-in-the-wool Soviets would have rooted for an American over a Russian, even if the Russian looked like a big Swede (which he was in real life). Rocky III had some fun for everyone, even if Mick the trainer (played by former Penguin from "Batman" Burgess Meredith) died in the movie.

Perhaps that's it. Rocky VI will be twice the fun of Rocky III.

Yeah, right.

As much as I liked the earlier Rocky movies, at some point enough is enough. After seeing Rocky KO Tommy "Machine" Gunn off the front of a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority bus in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, I thought I had seen it all.

But apparently none of us have.

So what's next?

Will Rocky fight the Easton Assassin, Larry Holmes? How about George Foreman?

Sylvester Stallone is 59 years old, not an age where people get into the ring and lace 'em up. The only thing us Rocky fans can hope for is that Rocky VI pulls a Rocky and gives us a final, pleasant surprise -- another heartwarming movie.

It's unclear whether Talia Shire will be back, although Burt Young probably will be. How about Mr. T or Hulk Hogan? Will Clubber Lang be in Rocky's corner this time?

There are lots of unanswered questions, and unfortunately for Rocky fans, there is no logic to the Rocky series the way there has been to the Star Wars saga.

Rocky does have his "Yo" to the Jedi's Yoda, but that's about all I can think of at this moment.

What will they think of next?


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