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Rocky II (1979)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  15 June 1979 (USA)
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Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sylvia Meals ...
Meat Foreman
Al Silvani ...
Stu Nahan ...
Bill Baldwin ...
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Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He's got a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the wealth coming off the draw. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete and advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believe that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? Written by Film_Fan

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fight | training | rematch | boxer | coma | See All (164) »


He was one punch away from the heavyweight championship of the world. Now he's one heartbeat away from losing the woman he loves. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky 2  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 3,567,129 (Sweden)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one version of the screenplay, there is a flashback scene that shows Rocky first meeting Mickey and we learn Rocky's real first name: Robert. See more »


When Adrian is in the coma, Rocky's facial hair is used to give a general idea of time. Just before Adrian comes out of the coma you can Rocky with almost a full beard. The shot pans over to Adrian opening her eyes. When the shot pans back to Rocky, he barely has a 5 o'clock shadow. See more »


Adrian: You think it'll always be like this?
Rocky Balboa: Yeah.
Adrian: I hope you...
Rocky Balboa: What?
Adrian: ...you never get tired of me.
Rocky Balboa: [whispers] Oh, no. You ain't never getting rid of me.
Adrian: I hope nothing changes.
Rocky Balboa: [whispers] I ain't changing and I sure ain't never changing nothing about you.
Adrian: I love you.
Rocky Balboa: I love you, too.
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Referenced in Taxi: Elaine and the Monk (1982) See more »


Words and Music by Frank Stallone
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User Reviews

Rehash that works every time and in which Balboa returns to take on Apollo Creed
28 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Officially a sequel is most a rehash but happens to be a nice second chapter about Rocky saga with intimate Stallone . Two-bit fighter Rocky now retired lives from records but our hero returns to face off a daring Apollo . Although he is homaged as one of the greatest boxing champions in the history also is panned as a down-and-out fighter , being nicknamed as the Chicken Stallion . But Rocky comes out from retirement for fame and self-respect to combat strongest, youngest and faster contender , again champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers)through a rematch. Apollo after being dethroned by obnoxious Rocky seeks vendetta . While Rocky attempts to prove himself and his family , his wife (Talia Shire), brother-in-law (Burt Young) and his recent born son. Then he's trained again by the veteran , feisty coach (Burguess Meredith who repeats efficiently his series role).

This agreeable predictable entertainment displays splendidly the 'formula Rocky'. The movie works at usual manner, fitting appropriately to franchise , even though we know the plot the film works . This soaper on the ring is developed in gentleness, dignity , feel-good style such as the initial outing. Spectacular and climatic final bout including slow-moving images. Writer-director-actor Stallone new entry is surprisingly entertaining and packs good feeling. Usual and nostalgic musical score by Bill Conti and atmospheric cinematography Bill Butler. The motion picture is lavishly financed by the producers complete saga, Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and well directed by Stallone who along with John G Avildsen made the six Rocky.

While here the opponent is an invincible young boxer,champ of the world, in subsequent entries the contenders were the following : Rocky III against corpulent Mr T from A Team; Rocky IV against a massive Russian boxer played by Dolph Lundgren; and Rock 5 against an ingrate young fighter who he trained played by Tommy Morrison and Rocky Balboa proving his estranged young son Milo Ventiglimia who still can fight. Rating : Good , being impossible to dislike ,the result is deliciously corny agreeable and predictable amusement . Although we've seen it all before , Sylvester manages to make it work one more time and it works every way even better than subsequents Rockys.

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