The narrow hallway is painted olive brown. A single light
bulb illuminates the gloomy corridor.
INT. ROCKY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Rocky enters. The one-room apartment is drab, with a
curling boxing poster of Rocky Marciano tacked on the wall...
Nailed against the far wall is a mattress. The mattress is
used as a punching bag. Stuffing spills out of the center.
Rocky drops his coat on the floor. He puts on a pair of
glasses. He crosses to a small turtle bowl... He lifts the
...Look who's home.
Rocky starts to boil a pan of water on his hot plate, then
places an old 45 RPM record on a battered phonograph. The
record is a tune, "ALL IN THE GAME."
... As the CRACKLING MUSIC BEGINS, Rocky picks up his
hairbrush. Using it like a microphone, he mimes to the
record. He assumes the posture of a famous singer crooning
to thousands of adoring fans... He then switches into a
bullish fighting stance and throws several punches.
The water boils. Rocky soaks his badly-swollen hands.
EXT. SUNRISE OF PHILADELPHIA SKYLINE - DAWN
We SEE the jagged skyline, highlighted by the towering
figure of William Penn that rises above the dawn haze as it
sits majestically above City Hall...
EXT. DOCKS - EARLY MORNING
Rocky is walking along the waterfront... He has a bandaid
over one eye. He looks at the rugged stevedores going about
their business... He stuffs his hands in his cheap wool
jacket and approaches a ship being unloaded.
Rocky passes two thick Mafia types leaning against a parked
car. These men look like blood drinkers.
Yo, Rock -- How's your Boss?
Yeah, here an' there.
Mebbe we make sum money
togather soon... Give ya boss