Sylvester Stallone on Making Rocky: "It Was a Miracle"

Aired on 02/18/1992 | CC tv-pg
The first Rocky film production was plagued by many financial and legal setbacks. Despite all the trouble, a little-known actor by the name of Sylvester Stallone managed to complete his passion project, and the rest was history. Rocky would go on to tremendous success, winning three Oscars® and launching six sequels.

When Sly visited The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992, he explained why making —and finishing—Rocky was a "miracle" and the greatest accomplishment of his professional career. "We had to literally jump out of vans, grab things, had the police chase us, unions chasing us," he told Oprah. "It couldn't be made again today. I mean, just financially-wise, it's impossible. So, it was just a one-in-a-million—one-in-a-billion chance."

Here, Sly opens up about the many emotions he felt when his magnum opus finally opened in theaters. Plus, find out what a crowd of 6,000 people did to him—and his car—when he visited the South of France.

Original airdate: February 18, 1992