Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for Rocky, always intending to cast himself as the dopey but lovable Italian-American boxer (or, as the Hollywood Reporter declared in 1976, “a not-too-bright but essentially decent young man who just happens to be a third-rate heavyweight working out of a second-rate gym in South Philadelphia.”) It obviously paid off. Rocky was the most popular movie of that bicentennial year and also won the Best Picture Oscar, making Stallone a household name in the process. It’s kicks off this year’s edition of Movies on the Rocks, a three-week outdoor film series that will follow with The Princess Bride (8/15) and Bambi (8/22).
Ballard Park’s quarry meadow opens at 6:30 pm for blankets and picnicking. The screen’s about a ten-minute walk through the woods, so wear sneakers and bring a flashlight.