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Movie planned about Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano (right) in a bout with Ezzard Charles in 1954.

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Rocky Marciano (right) in a bout with Ezzard Charles in 1954.

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Another movie about an iconic heavyweight boxing champion named Rocky is in the works. But this one’s about Rocky Marciano, the Brockton-born brawler known for his extraordinarily successful career in the ring, from which he retired undefeated in 1956 at the age of 32. Marciano has been far from forgotten since his death in a 1969 plane crash, the day before his 46th birthday. In May 1999, Brockton declared “Rocky Marciano Month — Celebration of a Hometown Hero,” as the US Postal Service prepared to unveil a postage stamp in his honor. And a larger-than-life statue of the celebrated pugilist was installed in the city in 2012. (The statue was first unveiled in Mexico City.) Now, Rocky will be commemorated on the screen. The Marciano family signed with City of Peace Films and director Dustin Marcellino to bring Rocky’s story to the silver screen. Rocky’s 82-year-old sister Betty Colombo is thrilled. “I’m very, very excited about [the film],” Colombo said. “I think it’s going to make us feel very good to see something that’s authentic.” In other words, she’s hoping it will not be like two previous made-for-TV movies made about Marciano, neither of which the family considered accurate. “The first movie was awful,” Colombo said. “The second one I’m not really too familiar with . . . but neither one of them were ever thought to be great movies.” The film, announced Tuesday, will be partially filmed in Brockton. Production is expected to start next year. The biopic would be titled “49-0/The Brockton Blockbuster.”

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