The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—has played a vital role in cultivating emerging talents and launching some of the biggest names in music history. "Legends: OWN at the Apollo" transports viewers to Harlem, New York, for four nights of soulful performances by some of the biggest artists in music history. Music legends Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire perform the hits we've all come to love while sharing their personal memories of how this historic theater nurtured and developed their careers and friendships.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Legends: OWN at the Apollo - Rocky Balboa - Netflix
Robert “Rocky” Balboa is the title character of the Rocky series. The character was created by Sylvester Stallone, who also portrayed him in all seven Rocky films. He is depicted as an everyman who started out by going the distance and overcoming obstacles that had occurred in his life and career as a professional boxer. While he is loosely based on Chuck Wepner, a one-time boxer who fought Muhammad Ali and lost on a TKO in the 15th round, the inspiration for the name, iconography and fighting style came from boxing legend Rocky Marciano. The character is widely considered to be Stallone's most iconic role and is often considered the role that started his film career. He received critical acclaim for his performance in the first movie, earning Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. When Stallone reprised his role once again in 2015 for Creed, his performance received wide acclaim and he received his first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, along with his third Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and several other accolades.
Legends: OWN at the Apollo - Rocky IV (setting 1982–1985) - Netflix
In 1985, Apollo Creed agrees to have an exhibition match against Soviet World Amateur Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist-turned-professional fighter Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Las Vegas, with Rocky Balboa and Tony “Duke” Evers in his corner. Apollo, past his prime but in the best shape, again not taking his opponent seriously, takes a serious beating by Drago in the first round, despite Rocky's orders to stop the fight. In the second round, Apollo continues to be brutally beaten by Drago, falling limp in the ring and dies. Feeling responsible for Apollo's death and riddled with guilt by Drago's cold indifference, Rocky decides to take on Drago himself, but to do so, he has to surrender his championship. Rocky travels to the cold mountains of Russia and undergoes rigorous training. After much-needed training, his match against Drago takes place on Christmas Day in Moscow. With Evers assuming the role as his new trainer, Rocky trains hard using old-school methods within the mountainous terrain of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, while Drago trains with state-of-the-art equipment and steroid enhancement. During the match, Drago gains the upper hand in the early moments of the match, but in the second round, Rocky strikes back against Drago with a haymaker to the eye, cutting him. The match goes on in a bloody back-and-forth battle, with the Soviet crowd, who originally roots for Drago, beginning to cheer for Rocky, while Drago's handler becomes increasingly upset over his inability to finish Rocky. In the end, Rocky's superior stamina and determination to win perseveres and defeats the heavily favored Russian in the fifteenth round. After the match, Rocky gives an passionate thank you speech to the crowd while receiving a standing ovation both from the crowd and the politicians in attendance, effectively ending the Cold War by catalyzing the thaw in relations that would occur between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Legends: OWN at the Apollo - References - Netflix