Picks and Pans Review: Rocky Iii

updated 07/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HBO, SHOWTIME and THE MOVIE CHANNEL (check local listings for subsequent dates)

The three pay-cable services that have acquired Rocky III for premiering in the same week should have a winner with this 1982 film. From the driving Eye of the Tiger theme to the vivid training scenes in downtown L.A., this is a sequel both familiar and fresh. Having won the heavyweight title in Rocky II, Balboa must get back in shape to defend himself against a new opponent, Clubber Lang, played by the ineffable Mr. T As actor-writer-director, Sylvester Stallone mixes humor and heroics in a role he was born to play.

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