We’re feeling the love for Rocky II these days. The Philly Post’s Dan McQuade analyzed and mapped Rocky Balboa’s famous filmic run, which took him (most memorably) through the Italian Market and up the Art Museum steps as well as other Philadelphia neighborhoods. McQuade calculated that the run traveled through 10 neighborhoods and traversed more [...]
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The Philly Post’s Dan McQuade decided to puzzle out how far Rocky Balboa ran during his iconic running montage that takes him (and, now, thousands of tourists) up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The answer? Far.
But aside from raw mileage, the number of neighborhoods the Italian Stallion traverses is also impressive, which makes me think there were real estate agents involved in the making of the film.
Come on, Joanne Davidow, ’fess up: Did you orchestrate this whole thing?
It was a big hit in Germany, but now it’s coming to its native shores: Rocky, Das Musical. There are many, many questions one might have about such a project, but from where we stand, there’s only one that matters: How does Philadelphia come off?
From what we can gather from German YouTube clips and this revealing peek on Perez Hilton, the set design is generic enough to evoke Philly and its Rocky-movie interiors–although there’s a moment in the German trailer when a building topped by a giant “HAMBURG” sign kind of spoils the fun.
The only site one needs for Rocky film locations is suitably named totalrocky.com, which confirms what one already knows about South Philly–nothing ever changes:
Rocky and Adrian’s first home looks nearly identical to its 1979 appearance in Rocky II, even down to the small details – the railing along the steps, the paneling on the white front door, the white porch light, 2313 number plate – and even the white mailbox that Rocky admires so much. The only major difference is the tall, strong tree that now shades this narrow street – it was just a sapling when Rocky and Adrian lived here.