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CREED

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Creed
Creed poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRyan Coogler
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story byRyan Coogler
Based onCharacters
by Sylvester Stallone
Starring
Music byLudwig Göransson
CinematographyMaryse Alberti
Edited by
  • Michael P. Shawver
  • Claudia Castello
Production
company
Distributed by
Release dates
Running time
133 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million[3]
Box office$171.2 million[4]
Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film, directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Coogler and Aaron Covington. A spin-off and sequel to theRocky film series,[5][6][7] the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo's son, with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. It also features Tessa ThompsonPhylicia RashādTony Bellew, and Graham McTavish. The film reunites Jordan with Fruitvale Stationwriter/director Coogler, and Wood Harris, with whom Jordan worked on The Wire.
Filming began on January 19, 2015 in Liverpool, and later also took place in Philadelphia, Rocky's hometown. Creed was released in the United States on November 25, 2015, the fortieth anniversary of the date of the opening scene in 1976's Rocky. The seventh installment of the series and sequel to 2006's Rocky Balboa, the film received acclaim from critics, who called it the best Rocky film in many years. For his performance, Stallone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his first Oscar nomination since the original film. He also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting ActorCritics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, his first Golden Globe.

Plot

In 1998, Adonis "Donnie" Johnson, the son of an extramarital lover of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, is serving time in a Los Angelesyouth facility when Creed's widow, Mary Anne, pays him a visit and offers to take him in.
Seventeen years later, Donnie walks away from his job at a securities firm to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Mary Anne vehemently opposes this, remembering how her husband was killed in the ring 30 years earlier against Ivan Drago. He tries to get a slot at Los Angeles' elite Delphi Boxing Academy, but is turned down. Undaunted, Donnie travels to Philadelphia in hopes of getting in touch with his father's old friend and rival, Rocky Balboa.
Donnie tracks down Rocky at Rocky's Italian restaurant, Adrian's, named in honor of his deceased wife, and asks Rocky to become his trainer. Rocky is reluctant to get back into boxing, having already made a one-off comeback at a very advanced age despite having suffered brain traumaduring his career as a fighter. However, he eventually agrees. Donnie trains at the Front Street Gym, with several of Rocky's longtime friends as cornermen, and also finds a love interest in Bianca, an up-and-coming singer and songwriter.
Donnie, now known as "Hollywood Donnie," defeats a local fighter, and word gets out that he is Creed's illegitimate son. Rocky gets a call from the handlers of world light heavyweight champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan, who is due to be forced into retirement by an impending prison term. He offers to make Donnie his final challenger—provided that he change his name to Adonis "Hollywood Donnie" Creed. Donnie balks at first, wanting to forge his own legacy. However, he eventually agrees.
While helping Donnie train, Rocky learns he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He is unwilling to undergo chemotherapy, remembering that it was not enough to save Adrian when she had ovarian cancer. His diagnosis and the fact that his best friend and brother-in-law Paulie Pennino—Adrian's brother—has now passed away in addition to Adrian, Apollo and his old trainer Mickey Goldmill further force him to confront his own mortality. Seeing Rocky shaken, Donnie urges him to seek treatment.
Donnie fights Conlan in Conlan's hometown of Liverpool, and many parallels emerge between the bout that ensues and Apollo and Rocky's first fight 40 years earlier. First, before going into the ring, Donnie receives a present from Mary Anne — new American flag trunks similar to the ones Apollo and later Rocky wore. Additionally, to the surprise of nearly everyone, Donnie goes the distance after giving Conlan all he can handle. Conlan wins on a split decision (just as Apollo retained his title by split decision against Rocky), but Donnie has won the respect of Conlan and the crowd. As Jim Lampley puts it while calling the fight for HBO, "Conlan won the fight, but Creed won the night." Conlan tells Donnie that he is the future of the light heavyweight division.
The film ends with Donnie and a frail but improving Rocky climbing the "Rocky Steps" at the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Cast

  • Alex Henderson as young Adonis Johnson
Liev Schreiber voices an HBO 24/7 announcer, while Michael Buffer cameos as himself serving as ring announcer. Other sports media personalities who appear include ESPN's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon (Pardon the Interruption), Hannah Storm (SportsCenter), HBO Sports boxing announcer Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman of HBO Sports (HBO Boxing) and ESPN (SportsNation/Max and Marcellus).

Production

Development

Stallone, Thompson, and Jordan promoting the film atop the Rocky Steps in November 2015.
On July 24, 2013, it was announced that MGM had signed on with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler to direct a spin-off of Rocky, a seventh film in the Rocky series, which Coogler would also co-write with Aaron Covington.[17] Sylvester Stallone also has been working on the screenplay for the seventh film.[18][19][20] The film would focus on a man following in the footsteps of his late father, Apollo Creed, and getting a mentor in the now-retired Rocky BalboaMichael B. Jordan was set for the role of Creed's son, Adonis Creed,[21] and Stallone was set to reprise his character of Rocky.[17] Original producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff would produce, along with Stallone and Kevin King-Templeton.[17] On April 25, 2014, while talking to THR, Coogler stated that he had sent his latest draft to the studio, and confirmed the involvement of Jordan and Stallone.[8]

Casting

On November 10, real-life boxers Tony Bellew and Andre Ward joined the film, with Bellew to play a fighter, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan, the main opponent for Creed. Shooting was set to begin in January 2015, in Las Vegas and Philadelphia.[12] On December 16, Tessa Thompson was added to the cast as the female lead.[9] On January 8, 2015, Phylicia Rashad reportedly joined the film to play Mary Anne Creed, Apollo's widow.[11] On January 21, Graham McTavish tweeted about his involvement in the film.[13]

Filming

Principal photography began on January 19, 2015 in England, with the first scene shot taking place during a football match between Everton F.C. (of which Stallone and Bellew are avid fans) and West Bromwich Albion F.C. at Goodison Park in Liverpool.[22][23]
Filming also took place in Philadelphia.[24][25] In early February, an empty store in Philadelphia was converted into a boxing gym, where some training scenes were shot.[26][27]
On February 13, the crew was spotted filming in The Victor Cafe.[28] The cafe was transformed into the Adrian's Restaurant, and crew were again spotted filming there on February 16.[29]Stallone and Jordan were also spotted on the set of the film on February 18.[30] From February 24–27 and then on March 3, filming took place at Sun Center Studios in Aston Township.[31]

Music

Main article: Creed (soundtrack)
The musical score for Creed was written by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson, who is only the third composer in the history of the Rocky series, following Bill Conti (Rocky IIIIIIV, andBalboa) and Vince DiCola (Rocky IV). Creed also features a soundtrack that consists mostly of music new to the series, including hip hop tracks by artists such as FutureMeek Mill, and White Dave.[32] Both a score and a soundtrack album were released on November 20, 2015 by WaterTower Music and Atlantic Records, respectively.[33] One tribute to Conti's original soundtrack is included - the track "You're a Creed" uses both "Gonna Fly Now" and "Going The Distance".

Release

On February 3, 2015, Warner Bros. slated the film to be released domestically on November 25, 2015. This date coincides with the 40th anniversary of the opening scene in the original film, where Rocky fights Spider Rico.[34]

Reception

Box office

As of February 14, 2016, Creed has grossed $109.2 million in North America and $58.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $167.3 million, against a budget of $35 million.[4]
In North America, Creed opened on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, alongside The Good Dinosaur and Victor Frankenstein, as well as the expanding wide releases of BrooklynSpotlight andTrumbo. The film was originally projected to gross $35 million from 3,404 theaters in its first five days, including $20 million in its opening weekend.[35] However, after grossing $1.4 million from its Tuesday night previews (a record for a Thanksgiving week release) and $6 million on its opening day, five-day projections were increased to $39–42 million. The film ended up grossing $42.6 million in its first five days, including $30.1 million in its opening weekend, finishing third at the box office.[36]

Critical response

Creed has received critical acclaim.[37] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, reported that 94% of 213 critics gave the film positive reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's consensus reads, "Creed brings the Rocky franchise off the mat for a surprisingly effective seventh round that extends the boxer's saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors' roots."[38] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 82 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[39] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[36]
A.V. Wire's Herman Dhaliwal gave the film a very positive review, writing, "I will say the film was everything I could have ever wanted and then some. It’s a film that could have gone so wrong in so many ways so easily, but the results show something that is genuine and inspired. It takes the smartest possible routes with the story it wants to tell and delivers in basically every way it needed to. Ryan Coogler cements himself as one of the best rising filmmakers working today, as he crafts an emotional, funny, compelling and uplifting film that is full of strong performances."[40]Andrew Barker of Variety stated that the film lives up to the expectation of its predecessors, while forging its own unique path. He also appreciated the performances of Stallone and Jordan, saying that Stallone deserves credit for taking a chance on young director Coogler, and that his trust has paid off. He concluded that the director "offered a smart, kinetic, exhilaratingly well-crafted piece of mainstream filmmaking".[41] IGN reviewer John Lasser gave the film an 8.5 out of 10, saying, "Creed is a mirror of Rocky's story and we have all been watching that unfold on the big screen for decades. Coogler's film does nothing to break the mold. Rather, it shows that the mold exists for a reason. Jordan delivers a knockout performance, and Stallone does as well. In the end, we can all only hope that we'll get to see Adonis on screen for just as long as we've seen Rocky."[42]

Accolades

AwardCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef(s)
Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActorSylvester StallonePending[43]
African-American Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorRyan CooglerWon
Best Supporting ActressTessa ThompsonWon
Breakout PerformanceMichael B. JordanWon
Top Ten FilmsWon
Austin Film Critics AssociationBest ActorMichael B. JordanNominated[44][45][46]
Best Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon
Boston Online Film Critics AssociationBest ActorMichael B. JordanWon
Best Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon
Ten Best Films of the YearWon
Boston Society of Film CriticsBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneRunner-up
Best Original ScoreLudwig GöranssonRunner-up
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated[47]
Critic's Choice AwardsBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon[48]
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon[49]
Golden Raspberry AwardsThe Razzie Redeemer AwardSylvester StallonePending
Houston Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated[50]
Indiana Film Journalists AssociationBest FilmNominated
Best DirectorRyan CooglerNominated
Best Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated
Kansas City Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated[51]
Las Vegas Film Critics SocietyBest PictureNominated
Best DirectorRyan CooglerNominated
Best ActorMichael B. JordanNominated
Best Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon[52]
Los Angeles Film Critics AssociationNew Generation AwardRyan CooglerWon
NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Motion PictureNominated
Outstanding Actor in a Motion PictureMichael B. JordanWon
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PicturePhylicia RashadWon
Tessa ThompsonNominated
Outstanding Directing in a Motion PictureRyan CooglerWon
Outstanding Writing in a Motion PictureRyan Coogler, Aaron CovingtonWon
National Board of ReviewTop Ten FilmsWon[53]
Best Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon[53]
New York Film Critics OnlineBest DirectorRyan CooglerNominated
Best Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated
Online Film Critics SocietyBest ActorMichael B. JordanNominated
Best Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated
Phoenix Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon[54]
San Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated[55]
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated[56]
Southeastern Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon[57]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneWon[58]
Vancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated[59]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorSylvester StalloneNominated

Sequel

In January 2016, Sylvester Stallone and MGM CEO Gary Barber confirmed that a sequel to Creed is in development.[60] On January 11, 2016, it was reported that Creed 2's release date is tentatively set for November 2017.[61][62][63][64]

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