After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes 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
According to the director of the original film, John G. Avildsen, in a 1980s newspaper interview, one of the main reasons behind his not directing this sequel, besides preparing for his role as director for Saturday Night Fever (1977), from which he was eventually fired, was that he didn't approve of the story. Although, he was fond of Stallone's original concepts for the two films which would have made the series a trilogy. The plots would have consisted of Rocky going into politics, running for Mayor of Philadelphia on the Reform Ticket, and winning. Only to have be scandalized, when Paulie is caught stealing from the treasury. Rocky honorably takes the blame himself, and is kicked out of office, and ends up penniless just as he had at the beginning of the series. Coincidentally, this is similar to a scenario that Stallone and Avildsen collaborated on for Rocky V (1990) See more »
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 »
[Rocky and Mickey are watching the film of the first fight]
Left handed fighters, they're the worst. They lead with their face mostly, trying to throw that big left. Right's no damn good. They ought to outlaw southpaws.
Why didn't you tell me this before?
I didn't wanna hurt your feelings.
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Imperfect, but highly entertaining sequel picks up right where the original left off. Having suffered heavy brain damage as a result of his brutal battle with the hard-hitting champion, Balboa decides to call it quits and dedicate his life to his newfound love Adrian (Shire). However the intense media hype, public mockery from the champion Creed, and a discovery that 'normal' life isn't all that it's cracked up to be draw him back into the ring for a highly publicized rematch. You have to be patient this time around as the film is slow going at first, and lacks the emotional punch of the original, but an exciting, edge of your seat climax makes it worth the wait. A good follow-up considering the impact of its predecessor. **½
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