Rocky is an Academy Award-winning 1976 film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. It tells the rags-to-riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but good-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in Philadelphia. Balboa is also a club fighter who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film was a sleeper hit that made over US$117.2 million and won 3 Oscars, including Best Picture. It spawned 5 sequels: Rocky II, III, IV, V, and Rocky Balboa.