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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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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) »


There is one fight left. He must win it with his hands...she must win it with her heart. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky 2  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 3,567,129 (Sweden)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


800 local schoolchildren were used as extras for the scene depicting Rocky's run through Philadelphia. See more »


Letters on a news camera are backwards in at least one frame during the big match, revealing use of a mirror image. See more »


Reporter: Rocky, your pay for the fight will be very substantial. What will you do with the money?
Rocky Balboa: Well, the first thing I gotta do is I gotta pay the rent. And then I made this list on our way over here. I'd like to buy a couple hats, a motorcycle, a couple quarts of perfume for Adrian, she likes to smell good. And some muppet toys... you know, Ernie, Big Bird. And the frog, what's his name? Kermit?
Mickey: Yeah.
Rocky Balboa: And I thought maybe a statue for the church, and a snow cone machine for you, Paulie. You like snow...
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Bedtime Stories (2013) See more »


Words and Music by Frank Stallone
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Excellent sequel
8 October 2003 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

"Rocky II" is one of those sequels that is just as good as the original, if not better in some aspects. I can't say it's better than the original because you can't have the second film without the first one. Meaning that this film does not stand on it's own, you need the first film to understand the characters and back-stories of everything in this film. But all in all, I think "Rocky II" is slightly more enjoyable than the original "Rocky".

In all honesty, I think this film is better directed than the first film. The story seems to flow quite nicely and is slightly faster paced than the original. Not only that, but the main fight in the film is much more exciting and longer.

The acting in "Rocky II" is better as well, or at least I thought so. Sylvester Stallone does a fantastic job with his role of Rocky Balboa and really struts his stuff here. Talia Shire and Burt Young also pull off nice performances. Carl Weathers plays the character of Apollo Creed to a "T". And of course, Burgess Meredith does a fantastic job as Mickey.

This is one of those sequels that truly has the same feel as the original. Granted, it isn't as fresh as the original...but it's a re-match that can't be missed. If you liked the original "Rocky", then you definitely ought to check this one out, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I hope you like the film as much as I do. Thanks for reading,


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