Synopsis: Rusty Dennis is the mother of Rocky, a seriously deformed but extremely intelligent and emotionally warm teenager. Rusty is a no-nonsense mother whose wild lifestyle is often at odds with her tenderness and protectiveness towards Rocky. She is determined that Rocky be given the same chances and happiness that everyone else takes for granted.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Peter Bogdanovich
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

Based on the true story|of Rocky Dennis

How about a kiss in the sun?|- How about not a kiss in the sun?

Why not? I'm a romantic.|- Oh, Mr. Romance! Great.

Hey, Mom. - What? - You forgot|what we got to do this morning.

Jesus. Who's that?|- My son. Did I?

The school,|the clinic, the blood line-up.

Oh, shit!

Wait. What's going on? - I've got to|do a million things with my kid.

Well, what about us?

I was gonna give her a ride home.

Mom.|- Sorry, sorry.

I just gave her a ride home.

OK, alright.

Hey, Rock.|- Yo, Red.

Are you looking for this one?|- No, I already got two of these.

I told you that wasn't the right one.|- Thanks anyway, Red.

You're trying to find Ruby Walters.|- Rube Walker, card number 1-0-8.

Brooklyn Dodgers, 1955.|- Good year. Seems like yesterday.

You say that about everything, Red.|- Everything does.

I seen you grandstanding for her.|- I protected her. Where were you?

You got the lease?|I got everything else. - Shit!

I told you it was Rube Walker...

Shut up! Let's get going, we're late.

What's the matter? Never saw anybody|from the planet Vulcan before?

Yes, uh...|- Never mind. - Wait a minute. Ma'am!

Hi, I'm here to register my son|for the ninth grade.

Well, Mrs... - No Mrs.|I'm Rusty Dennis. Meet my son, Rocky.

Please sit down.

We're running a little bit late,|so could you move it along?

This is a public|junior high school, Miss Dennis.

There are special schools

with wonderful facilities|more appropriate for his needs.

Do you teach algebra,|biology and English here?

Of course.|- Those are his needs.

Perhaps I should speak|to the boy's father.

Perhaps you should speak to the Pope.|He'd be a lot easier to find.

Under the circumstances

for the good of my students|as well as your son,

I'll need additional... - Don't jerk|me around. I'm not in the mood.

I've had a real crappy day so far.

First, we're in the wrong district,|I gotta come here and play pussyfoot.

This is a copy of our lease,|a copy of Rocky's birth certificate,

and this is his last report card.|He was in the top 5% of his class.

I got some additional information.|My lawyer's name is B.D.Higgins.

If you give me any shit at all,|he's gonna drag your ass into court.

Don't worry, Mr. Simms.

I look weird|but otherwise I'm real normal.

Everything will be cool.

Thanks a lot. See you next week.

Mom?|- What?

We have a lawyer named B.D. Higgins?|- Yeah, Bull Dozer.

Come on. - So, you're a lawyer, Doze!|- Bullshit rules!

Cranium circumference: 67 cm.

67 centimetres...

Last one, kid.|- Alright. Really?

32 point 5 cm.

32.5- I'll measure you.|- That's good news, Rocky!

Since your last check-up, your jaw|only increased an eighth of an inch.

I'm cured! I can go home now.|It's the water in Azusa.

Picture time! - He knows the routine|better than we do. - It's true!

You look great. - How about my hair?|- You look fine, Rocky.

OK. Shoot!|- How's your mom? - Great.

Stand still.|- Sorry.

Turn around.|- Why don't you fill me in, Doctor.

The patient was first diagnosed

with Craniodiaphyseal dysplasia|at four years of age

when it was discovered that|calcium was depositing in his skull.

My pal, calcium!|- What have we learned about it?

It's extremely rare.|One in 22 about million births.

How was it first described?|- "Lionitis". The look of the lion.

Are you new around here?|- Yes, I am.

Cause?|- It's caused by 2 recessive genes

and happens to normal parents. His|mother had an uneventful pregnancy,

didn't ingest any|chemical substance or tetratogens.

That means|it wasn't my mom or dad's fault.

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Anna Hamilton Phelan

Anna Hamilton Phelan is an American actress and scriptwriter. She has been nominated for an Oscar for her work on Gorillas in the Mist, as well as a nomination for a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on Mask and again for Gorillas in the Mist. more…

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