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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


This time he's fighting not for glory, not for money, but for love...Once again, the Italian Stallion proves he's got what it takes. 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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When Apollo delivers his "You're goin' down" line to Rocky in the big fight near the end, it's a mirror image (identifiable by the "Superfight II" poster in the background having reversed lettering). See more »


Ring Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen! In a stunning upset, scoring the win by a knockout, the new Heavyweight Champion of the World...
Rocky Balboa: You're great.
Ring Announcer: Rocky Balboa!
[Cheering grows louder]
Apollo: Good luck.
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Words and Music by Frank Stallone
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A pretty good sequel
8 June 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Sure, Apollo was pointlessly painted as the bad guy early in the film, but this a sequel. While it is not as good as the first film, it still embodies many of the themes and hopes which made the first film so powerful. This time, the audience got what it wanted, a win for a guy who had been kicked down for so long. With more money, the film felt more lucid and better put together, which made it a whole new experience in itself. I especially enjoyed the scene where the kids are chasing Rocky, certainly one of the most complicated and time consuming shots of all time, considering all of the extras the various sequences needed. Better than an average sequel, it still pales a shade below the original film.

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