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Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, Phylicia Rashad
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Sports drama sequel directed and co-written by Michael B. Jordan. Creed III (2023) centers on Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), who after after dominating the boxing world, has been thriving in both his career and family life. When a childhood friend, and former boxing prodigy, Damian Anderson (Jonathan Majors), resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring. The face off between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must put his future on the line to battle Damian, a fighter who has nothing to lose.
Our Favorite Quotes:'The higher you get, the harder it gets. That's life.' - Tony 'Little Duke' Burton (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Damian Anderson (18): [to young Adonis] I’m going to get there one day. Yeah, I’m going to get there. I’m going to win nationals, taking home the gold at the Olympics, and then I’m turning pro.
Adonis Creed: I ain’t never been scared of a little contact. I’m going out how I came in.
DAZN Broadcaster Todd Grisham: And that means we’ve got a new, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world for the first time in two decades, and his name is Adonis Creed.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: Efficiency over power, baby. Give it to him.
Adonis Creed: It’s not only about power. It’s timing, speed.
Adonis Creed: Listen to Duke.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: Did you hear that? “Listen to Duke.” Those three words. Not “I love you”. Not “take it easy”. None of that. “Listen to Duke.”
Adonis Creed: Hey, my man. Can I help you?
Damian Anderson: Let me get an autograph?
Adonis Creed: No, I ain’t signing no autographs. Would you get off my car?
Damian Anderson: Oh, homie. You don’t remember me, huh? You come along way from bumming rides from your mom.
Adonis Creed: Dame! Boy, you had me. You had me. Damian.
Adonis Creed: Dame. It’s…
Damian Anderson: It’s been a minute.
Adonis Creed: Been a minute.
'It's not always about how hard you can hit. It's about control and focus.' - Adonis Creed (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Damian Anderson: I’m surprised you still come here and eat with the common folk.
Adonis Creed: I mean, when I can. There’s a lot of things I used to do that I can’t do anymore.
Damian Anderson: Busy living that high life, huh?
Adonis Creed: Yeah. Guess it comes with the job.
Damian Anderson: Eighteen years, bro.
Adonis Creed: You’ve been down this whole time?
Damian Anderson: Had a few years tacked on. But, yeah. Just got out last week.
Damian Anderson: [to Adonis] Made me proud how you ended your run. Look like you still remember some of them moves I taught you.
Adonis Creed: You know what I remember? You knocking my a** out.
Damian Anderson: You know what I remember? Helping your big a** back up. Remember that?
Adonis Creed: Yeah, you did.
Damian Anderson: I want to be champ.
Adonis Creed: You still want to box?
Damian Anderson: Hey, I know I’ve been away a long time. I kept myself in shape. And I got some moves you ain’t seen yet.
'The only solution to every problem is not a punch in the face.' - Bianca Creed, 'Yeah, you're right. And sometimes it is.' - Adonis Creed (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Damian Anderson: I’m ready. I still got gas in the tank. And I got to get me that chain. Can’t be “Diamond” Dame looking bummy.
Mary-Anne Creed: [signing] Who’s the real champ in this family?
Amara Creed: [signing] You are.
Mary-Anne Creed: [signing] No. You.
Mary-Anne Creed: You’re going to have your hands full with that one.
Bianca Creed: [referring to Amara] We already do.
Adonis Creed: Yes, we do.
Mary-Anne Creed: No. She’s the best.
Mary-Anne Creed: I promise you, I am not going to have another stroke tonight. Okay? Have it tomorrow night.
Adonis Creed: Mom. That’s not funny.
Bianca Creed: It’s a little funny.
Adonis Creed: And you’re not helping.
'It take work to look at the past.' - Damian Anderson (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [referring to Damian] I know what you doing, Donnie. You don’t owe this dude s**t. Nothing.
Damian Anderson: We back to ground zero.
Adonis Creed: Champs got to start somewhere, right?
Bianca Creed: [referring to Amara] You want her to never talk about her feelings to anyone? Not even to us, and all she can do about them is to hit somebody? Look, I know that you think that that has worked for you, but now that you don’t have an outlet anymore, you should think about maybe talking about how you feel. If not to me, to somebody. Or, I don’t know, D. Get a hobby.
Bianca Creed: [referring to Amara] Look, I know that you think that you are protecting her, baby. But she has got to know why she wants to fight, not just how to do it. And the only solution to every problem is not a punch in the face.
Adonis Creed: Yeah, you’re right. And sometimes it is.
Bianca Creed: I don’t really perform like that these days. Yeah. I took a break because I was having some issues with my hearing on stage. And now, I’m trying to be careful and preserve what I got left. So, I’m producing. Yeah. Not anytime soon.
Damian Anderson: Still hard to give that part up though. Right?
Bianca Creed: Yeah. It’s not the only thing I love. But it takes work.
'Pain is temporary.' - Tony 'Little Duke' Burton (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Bianca Creed: [to Adonis and Damian] So, how long have you known each other?
Damian Anderson: I mean, we go back. Way back. We was like brothers.
Adonis Creed: The women run this household. I just live here. That’s what happens, man. You get married, a family. It’s crazy.
Damian Anderson: Can’t believe you traded it in for a monkey suit.
Adonis Creed: Oh, you know, a suit has some advantages.
Damian Anderson: Okay, I see. The champ’s still got some pepper in him.
Adonis Creed: All I’m saying is, I left boxing, but boxing didn’t leave me.
'It was really hard to accept that my dreams didn't turn out the way that I imagined that they would. But I just made a choice to try to move on and be happy about what I do have. But it's not easy. I just try.' - Bianca Creed Click To Tweet
Damian Anderson: I did eighteen years the hard way, bro. Maybe I ain’t make myself clear. I want a title shot.
Adonis Creed: Dame. I don’t know what you think, but it don’t work like that.
Adonis Creed: What, you think I can just snap my fingers and make you a contender overnight?
Damian Anderson: Ain’t that what happened to you?
Damian Anderson: It’s like this, bro. I respect you, but my clock ticking. It’s now or never for me.
Adonis Creed: And I want to help you, like I said I would. But, man, what you asking me, it’s kind of impossible.
'We can't turn back the clock. We can't hide all your flaws. But we can make them strengths.' - Tony 'Little Duke' Burton (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Damian Anderson: You don’t know what it’s like, bro. All that time in them in them walls. Impossible? They take your name. And they give you a number. That’s how it start. I was the best though.
Adonis Creed: Yeah, you were.
Damian Anderson: I was, bro. But I never got the chance to prove that. Look, all I’m saying, bro, if Apollo Creed could take a chance on some underdog, why can’t you?
Adonis Creed: [referring to Damian] Heavyweight champion of the world, and he wants a shot.
Bianca Creed: So what did you say?
Adonis Creed: I said no. It’s impossible, you know? People wait their whole lives for a shot like that. And he’s not even a pro.
Bianca Creed: Yeah. Why does it look like you’re still considering it?
'You got to block out everything and be in the moment. Not the past. Not the future. Right now.' - Tony 'Little Duke' Burton (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [to Adonis, referring to Damian] He’s telling you who he is, right? Believe him.
Adonis Creed: [signing] Who taught you that?
Amara Creed: [signing] You.
Adonis Creed: [signing] You watched that fight?
Amara Creed: [signing] I’ve watched all your fights.
Damian Anderson: [referring to Adonis] Look at him over there. Getting his Don King on.
Bianca Creed: Minus the hair.
Damian Anderson: Thank God.
'Let go of whatever was and walk into what is.' - Tony 'Little Duke' Burton (Creed III) Click To Tweet
Damian Anderson: How does it feel?
Bianca Creed: What’s that?
Damian Anderson: Having somebody else sing your song?
Bianca Creed: It feels good. I mean, if it’s got to be anybody, not bad.
Damian Anderson: Yeah, I almost believe you.
Damian Anderson: How about Donnie? You think he misses boxing?
Bianca Creed: No. Not that he tells me.
Damian Anderson: But would he?
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: Damian ain’t a boxer. He’s fighting the world, and he’s trying to hurt people.
Adonis Creed: [referring to Chavez fighting Damian] Oh, people are going to show up. I can promise you that. Everyone loves an underdog story. You know how many people tuned in when Apollo gave Rocky a shot? People are still talking about that fight today.
Damian Anderson: S**t, man. Before I got locked up, I was the highest-ranking amateur in boxing. Ever.
Adonis Creed: [as Damian is about to fight with Chavez] See they finally got you out of those chains.
Damian Anderson: How do I look?
Adonis Creed: You look lighter.
Commentator: [referring to Damian and Chavez’s match] If anyone was wondering. what kind of fight this would be, it seems like Anderson is out to make this clear. This is a fight for your life.
Adonis Creed: [after Damian wins with fight against Chavez] I can fix it.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: No! You can’t. You stay away from the gym. You do that. And stay away for a while.
Adonis Creed: [referring to the letters Damian sent him] You kept these from me?
Mary-Anne Creed: To help you move on, yes, I did.
Adonis Creed: Mama, how could you?
Mary-Anne Creed: I was trying to protect you.
Adonis Creed: Protect me from what? Damian was my brother.
Adonis Creed: [to Mary-Anne, referring to Damian] You made him think I abandoned him.
Adonis Creed: None of this would’ve happened if it wasn’t for you.
Mary-Anne Creed: You’re absolutely right. None of it. You hit hard, Donnie. And you can’t see. There may have been a time when Damian had your back. But that’s not what he’s doing now.
Adonis Creed: [after finding out that Damian orchestrated the attack against Drago] I vouched for you. I brought you into my home, bro. You met my family. I put money up for you. Put the gloves on your hands like you asked!
Damian Anderson: Alright. That’s enough. You feel me? You put the gloves on my hands? Oh, homie. You must be punchy! Because if memory serves, you used to carry my gloves.
Adonis Creed: Get your s**t and get out the gym.
Damian Anderson: You think I need you? No. When I got locked up, I needed you. When I came home, yeah, bro, I needed you. But look around, bro. I’m the champ! And I don’t need you for nothing or nothing. Who alone now? Yeah, that’s right. Run away. Run away. That’s the one thing you still good at, Baby Creed.
Damian Anderson: [to Adonis] You mad? Try spending half your life in a cell watching somebody else live your life. You turned your back on me, homie. Hey, but look, don’t trip.
Damian Anderson: Remember this? This title? All this? Hey, I’m just getting started, little brother. I’m coming for it all.
Adonis Creed: And what’s that supposed to mean? Are you threatening me?
Damian Anderson: [as he punches Adonis] Ain’t no threats here, bro. Just promises here, homie.
Damian Anderson: [to Adonis] Help yourself up for once. See how it feel.
Bianca Creed: I need to understand what is going on.
Adonis Creed: What do you want me to say? What do you want to hear?! Some sad story?! You trying to feel sorry for me or something?
Bianca Creed: No, I don’t want to feel sorry for you! I want to understand you! I want to know what is going on with you in my house!
Adonis Creed: There’s nothing to talk about! I don’t want talk about anything! I’ve been trying to forget it! It’s dead! Leave it! Leave it! Let it lie! I’m not talking about that s**t no more!
Bianca Creed: [as Amara sees them arguing] You figure out your s**t, D. Because what cannot happen is her seeing you like this. Do you understand?
Mary-Anne Creed: [to Adonis, after she’s had another stroke] The day I met you. Ooh, that face. You were so mad. Going to knock everybody out, one by one. Just like your father. That’s why he fought so hard. You know that, right? Yeah. But you don’t have to do that. You can find another way.
Mary-Anne Creed: I was so angry when you left me, Apollo. Why did you leave me alone? Adonis. That’s his name.
Adonis Creed: I’m right here.
Mary-Anne Creed: He saved me, Apollo. He helped me to forgive you.
Adonis Creed: Mom, I’m sorry. Just tell me what to do.
Adonis Creed: [after Mary-Anne’s passing] It’s just, when Dame came back, all this s**t came back too. I didn’t know how to handle it. But you were always really good at that. Feelings. It comes easy to you.
Bianca Creed: It doesn’t come easy to me. It doesn’t. I still got a lot of stuff that I’m trying to figure out. And I don’t always know how to talk about it either.
Bianca Creed: And when I stopped performing, it was really hard to accept that my dreams didn’t turn out the way that I imagined that they would. And that still hurts me. A lot. But I just made a choice to try to move on and be happy about what I do have. But it’s not easy. I just try.
Adonis Creed: [referring to Damian] When he went down, I didn’t reach out. I never called. I didn’t write. After a while, it felt easier to pretend like I forgot. You know, just act like it never happened.
Bianca Creed: But that doesn’t make you responsible for how his life turned out.
Bianca Creed: You are a good man, Adonis.
Adonis Creed: I don’t know anymore.
Bianca Creed: You have got to try to forgive yourself, so that you can begin to believe that you deserve the life that you have earned. Because you do.
Bianca Creed: Don’t let him destroy everything you’ve built.
Adonis Creed: But, B, he’s not going to stop.
Bianca Creed: Then you make him.
Adonis Creed: There’s only one way that Dame’s going to listen.
Bianca Creed: If that’s what you got to do, then, alright.
Stephen A. Smith: [to Adonis] You know I believe you’re the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, three years ago. It’s been a minute since you’ve been out in these streets, so maybe you haven’t heard what they’ve been saying about you.
Damian Anderson: Little Donnie ain’t got nothing. He a coward. You a coward, bro. And a fraud. I know it. Everybody else know it. Hey, Apollo Creed would be ashamed.
Adonis Creed: I challenge you for the heavyweight championship of the world.
Damian Anderson: You and me?
Adonis Creed: Run it.
Damian Anderson: Run it!
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [to Adonis] You’re old, and you’re broken. We know Dame. Dame going to have this damn list memorized. He’s willing to do anything to win, so you got to be prepared for everything. We can’t turn back the clock. We can’t hide all your flaws. But we can make them strengths.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [to Adonis, as he’s looking in the mirror] You see that man right there? Do you remember him? You got to block out everything and be in the moment. Not the past. Not the future. Right now.
Adonis Creed: One step. One punch. One round at a time.
Damian Anderson: [to Adonis, as they’re about to begin their fight] You on your own now, little Donnie.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [to Adonis, referring to Damian] Wear him out. Look, the boy a punk. He see you not scared. Now it’s time for him to start fighting dirty, right? Keep your head on tight. Let him make mistakes. He going to make a lot of them, alright? And attack those windows when they open.
Damian Anderson: [referring to Adonis] All that money can’t save him. Believe that.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [to Adonis] Stay focused. You take him where you need to go. Keep punching through.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [to Adonis] You out there boxing. I need you to start fighting. Go out there and do what we came to do.
Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton: [to Adonis] Let go of the fear. You hear me? Let go of the guilt. Let go of it, dawg. Let go of whatever was and walk into what is. Go out there and be ferocious! Do you hear me? Be ferocious! Go out there and be Adonis Creed!
Ring Announcer David Diamante: Ladies and gentlemen, this contest comes to an end at two minutes and twelve seconds of the twelfth and final round, for your winner by knockout. The fighting pride of Los Angeles, and once again the heavyweight champion of the world, Adonis Creed!
Commentator: If there was ever a question of who is the king of boxing, let there be no doubt. The Creed dynasty reigns supreme.
Damian Anderson: [to Adonis] I guess you did learn a few moves without me.
Adonis Creed: Dame, I’m sorry. All those years, I never checked up on you. That’s on me.
Damian Anderson: We were just kids, bro. It ain’t on you. None of it. Never was.
Adonis Creed: Hey, D. It wasn’t on you either.
Damian Anderson: Alright, go ahead then, man. Family and everybody waiting on you. Champ.
Adonis Creed: You know where to find me if you need me.
Bianca Creed: You alright?
Adonis Creed: I’m better now.