It's De Niro versus Stallone. It's Raging Bull rumbling with Rocky. It's a film which no one thought needed to be made, but which, by sheer willpower and determination alone, overcame all the odds to win our hearts, enrich our spirits, and restore our faith in America once again. Well, not quite.
If you're an eighties child then action hero's like Sly Stallone, Arnie and Bruce Willis were who shaped your former big screen years. They epitomized the American dream, Hollywood alpha males and the dream buff body.
Now approaching his 70th birthday, Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is heading to Britain for an exclusive "Evening With" event, taking place on Saturday January 11th at the iconic London Palladium. Stallone is a true heavyweight of the silver screen - but what are his top six films..?
I had no burning desire to see Escape Plan, the new action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, when it's your day off and it looks like the best thing on offer at your local multiplex, it may as well be worth a look. And it is.
One thing that becomes crystal clear when watching Inferno, the feature-length John Herzfield documentary on the making of the first Expendables film, is that star, director and co-writer Sylvester Stallone is very, very serious about The Expendables.