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Rocky II (1979)

 -  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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Storyline

Rocky Balboa is a little-known boxer who was given a shot at the heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed. Having done much better than anyone expected, Creed demands a rematch, embarrassed by his inability to dominate the "amateur" Balboa. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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fight | rematch | training | boxer | coma | See more »

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The Italian Stallion is back! See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 3,567,129 (Sweden)
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Trivia

During the commercial filming scene, the clapper-board reads "Director: John Pleshette", the real name of the actor playing the director. Also, Duke (Apollo's Trainer), the Agent and the Meat Foreman (played by Tony Burton, Leonard Gaines and Frank McRae respectively) are all referred to by their real Christian names in the script, while the Referee is introduced as Lou Fillipo, again the real-life name of the actor (who is also a professional fight referee). See more »

Goofs

The final fight between Rocky and Apollo takes place in November. We are told that this fight is taking place exactly 10 months after the events of the first film, This places the fight from the original Rocky in the January of the same year. However when Rocky is about to begin his entrance into the arena he comments on his robe,comparing it to the one he wore for the first fight, saying it fits well "unlike last years", Despite the fact that both fights took place in the same year. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Balboa: [noticing Mickey's hearing aid] What's that in your ear there?
Mickey: What it is, is I hear stupid things better.
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Soundtracks

TWO KINDS OF LOVE
Words and Music by Frank Stallone
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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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