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'Real Rocky' Wepner finally getting due

Originally Published: October 25, 2011
By Eric Raskin | Special to ESPN.com

The credits roll. The house lights go up. The audience bursts into applause. Finally, 35 years after he inspired a billion-dollar cinematic franchise, Chuck Wepner is a movie star. For one night, anyway.

"The Real Rocky" is a made-for-television documentary, but a few nights before its premiere on ESPN, it finds its way to the big screen as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Wepner sits in the back row next to his wife, Linda, watching the finished product for the first ...

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