How ‘Rocky’ shaped Quentin Tarantino’s career

Dec 30, 2023 587

BY: Gareth Bowen

“It ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward” is the famous and iconic line from Rocky. It’s so ubiquitous the line even made a resurgence during the TikTok and Instagram era as the backing voiceover that’s laid over inspirational videos of wannabe entrepreneurial types and fitness influencers taking ice baths as dawn breaks.

Looking past the fact the line has now transcended the movie itself and ventured into the realm of parody, it was a passage of dialogue that summarises a great classic story of triumph and determination, making Rocky one of the best sports dramas of all time. Many across the globe found the film’s core message hugely moving and inspirational. But one person you might not have expected to resonate with the story quite so profoundly is Quentin Tarantino.

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