Everyone and his mother knows the story of Philadelphia down-and-outer Rocky Balboa and his miracle long-shot at boxing’s heavyweight crown.
Few films can claim to have been seen, and beloved, by so many.
And now bosses have announced a brand new series for the variety show, launching online as Club Mickey Mouse.
But what happened to the budding stars who epitomised its nineties heyday?
It's the show that launched some of the biggest careers in recent showbiz history.
And after a 21-year hiatus the Mickey Mouse Club is making a comeback, albeit with a millennial twist - airing on Facebook instead of national TV.
Avildsen Writer: Sylvester Stallone (screenplay) Producer: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler (Charthoff-Winkler) Photography: James Crabe Music: Bill Conti Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Thayer David, Joe Spinell, Jimmy Gambina, Bill Baldwin Sr., Al Silvani, George Memmoli, Jodi Letizia, Diana Lewis, George O’Hanlon, Larry Carroll The Rundown ? And there’s nothing they’d like better than to see Apollo Creed give a local Philadelphia boy a shot at the greatest title in the world on this country’s biggest birthday.” To argue the merits of as a popular phenomenon seems almost unnecessary, and any plot summary is merely a formality.
Her album went platinum, and nine studio albums and countless Grammy nominations later Spears is by far the most successful MMC export.
I have noticed that when I am deeply affected emotionally, it is not by sadness so much as by goodness.
Antwone Fisher has a confrontation with his past, and a speech to the mother who abandoned him, and a reunion with his family, that create great, heartbreaking, joyous moments. Fisher was a security guard at the Sony studio in Hollywood when his screenplay came to the attention of the producers.
Denzel Washington was so impressed he chose it for his directorial debut.
The newcomer Derek Luke, cast in the crucial central role after dozens of more experienced actors had been auditioned, turned out to be a friend of Antwone's; he didn't tell that to the filmmakers because he thought it would hurt his chances.