One hundred students settled into their seats in a darkened Science Center B Friday night, expecting to enjoy the Itallian Stallion's fight against Apollo Creed in the Great American boxing match--"Rocky." It was "Rocky," all right, but he was speaking Japanese.
After five minutes, all but four of the viewers rose to walk out, and the Crimson Key Society, which sponsored the screening as a fund-raiser, returned the $1.50 admission to a disappointed audience.
Thomas H. Mattox '82, who ordered the film from the Key Society, blamed the mixup on United Artists, Inc. "In the catalogue, it's not even listed that you can get the film in another language," he said yesterday. The organization paid $500 for the movie.
Patricia Martin '81, president of the Crimson Key Society, said the organization which had four showings scheduled, would try to get back the money it paid, plus additional costs totalling about $125 from the company.
The Key Society, as well as the audience, was surprised by the Japanese version. "The words to the music were in English, the titles were in English," Martin said, adding that it wasn't until about five minutes into the film when Sylvester Stallone opened his mouth that the Key Society realized the error.