What is it? Sylvester Stallone's true underdog story, about a down-and-out boxer (Stallone) who gets a match-up with a champion (Carl Weathers) and trains intensely to meet the challenge.
Why did it win? Probably because it combines gritty realism and genuine dramatic pathos with wonderfully schloppy sentimentality and Sylvester Stallone's mumbling conviction. After all, he essentially was Rocky: a newcomer onto the scene with little going for him but his determination - and maybe Hollywood wanted to give the actor/screenwriter the knockout punch his character never landed.
Did it deserve to win? Everyone loves Rocky, but was it really the best film of the year? A year that saw All The President's Men, Network, Taxi Driver, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Omen, Carrie and Marathon Man? Let's be honest: Rocky was and shoulda been a contender, but it wasn't a deserved winner. that would've been Bugsy Malone. Sorry, we meant to say Taxi Driver.
Worth a look? You haven't seen it? Get hold of it, instamatically!