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Rocky II -- In the aftermath of his bout with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky (Sylvester Stallone)  attempts to lead a peaceful life with his new bride, Adrian (Talia Shire).  The fame and fortune from the match soon runs scarce and to make ends meet, Rocky agrees to a re-match with Apollo.
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Release Date:
15 June 1979 (USA) See more »
Rocky shows he's a champ...and wins! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa

Talia Shire ... Adrian

Burt Young ... Paulie

Carl Weathers ... Apollo Creed

Burgess Meredith ... Mickey

Tony Burton ... Apollo's Trainer

Joe Spinell ... Gazzo
Leonard Gaines ... Agent
Sylvia Meals ... Mary Anne Creed

Frank McRae ... Meat Foreman
Al Silvani ... Cutman

John Pleshette ... Director
Stu Nahan ... Announcer
Bill Baldwin ... Commentator
Jerry Ziesmer ... Salesman
Paul Micale ... Father Carmine (as Paul J. Micale)
Earl Montgomery ... Employment Manager

Herb Nanas ... Employment Manager
Stuart K. Robinson ... Johnny (as Stuart Robinson)

Frank Stallone ... Singer
Charles 'Honi' Coles ... Singer (as Charles Coles)
Doug Flor ... Singer
Robert Kondyra ... Singer
James Zazzarino ... Singer
Eddie 'El Annimal' Lopez ... Fighter (as Eddie Lopez)

Taurean Blacque ... Lawyer
James J. Casino ... Chink's Manager (as James Casino)
Shaka Cumbuka ... Cornerman
Samuel Davis ... Apollo's Bodyguard
Roberto Durán ... Fighter (as Roberto Duran)
Lou Fillipo ... Referee (as Lou Filippo)
Ruth Ann Flynn ... Jewelry Sales Lady
Linda Grey ... Agent

Grainger Hines ... Emergency Room Aide
Garrie Kelly ... White Hunter

Ava Lazar ... White Hunter
Joseph Letizia ... Car Salesman
René Le Vant ... Young Lugger (as Rene Le Vant)
Tawny Little ... Reporter

Paul McCrane ... Young Patient
Sonny Melendrez ... Reporter
Tony Munafo ... Boxer

Brent Musburger ... Reporter
Ed Ness ... Timekeeper
Fred Pinkard ... Lawyer
Jane Marla Robbins ... Gloria
Hank Rolike ... Cornerman
David L. Ross ... Reporter (as David Ross)

Fran Ryan ... Adrian's Nurse
Whitney Rydbeck ... Sound Man
Shepherd Sanders ... Employment Manager (as Sheperd Sanders)
Jeff Temkin ... Ring Announcer

Allan Warnick ... Makeup Man
Charles Winkler ... Camera Assistant
James Zaza ... Emergency Room Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rutanya Alda ... Doctor Cooper (uncredited)
Ted Braverman ... Extra (uncredited)

James Emery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Melissa Hart ... Child (uncredited)

Tom Lawrence ... Ringside Color Announcer (uncredited)
Taaffe O'Connell ... Ring Girl (uncredited)

Velvet Rhodes ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Brenda Siemer Scheider ... Ring Girl #2 (uncredited)
Butkus Stallone ... Dog (uncredited)
Seargeoh Stallone ... Robert 'Rocky' Balboa Jr. (uncredited)
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Job searcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Sylvester Stallone 
Writing credits
Sylvester Stallone (written by)

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Arthur Chobanian .... associate producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler 
Film Editing by
Stanford C. Allen 
Janice Hampton 
Casting by
Michael McLean 
Art Direction by
Richard Berger 
Set Decoration by
Ed Baer 
Makeup Department
Philip Goldblat .... makeup artist (as Phil Goldblatt)
Jean Burt Reilly .... hair stylist
Michael Westmore .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elie Cohn .... second assistant director
Ira H. Gallen .... second assistant director (as Ira Gallen)
Robert Odom .... dga trainee
Jerry Ziesmer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Chambers .... swing gang
Bill Dietz .... property master
Floyd Farrington .... assistant property master
Bill Gay .... lead man (as William Gay)
Claude F. Powell .... construction coordinator (as Claude Powell)
Lambert Powell .... construction foreman
Peter R. Romero .... assistant art director (as Peter Romero)
Vernon Yeager .... stand-by painter
Fred Lucky .... storyboard illustrator (uncredited)
Eugene J. Reed .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
John S. Coffey .... cable person (as John Coffey)
Gordon Davidson .... sound effects editorial staff
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Rebecca Einfeld .... sound effects editorial staff
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editorial staff (as Gary Gerlich)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Kline)
Bobbe Kurtz .... loop editor
Jimmy Ling .... sound effects editorial staff (as James B. Ling)
Victoria Martin .... sound effects editorial staff
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert Minkler)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert A. Reich .... sound effects editorial staff (as Robert Arnold Reich)
William A. Sawyer .... sound effects editorial staff (as William Sawyer)
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (as Ken Schwarz)
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound effects editor (as Frank Warner)
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Chuck Wilborn)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunt coordinator
Freddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin G. Beazell .... second assistant camera (as G. Martin Beazell)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Jim Brown .... camera operator
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
Earl L. Clark .... first assistant camera (as Earl Lynn Clark)
William Coleman .... first assistant camera (as Bill Coleman)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (as Jim Connell)
Bob Greene .... still photographer
Randy Hart .... best boy
George Hill .... key grip
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Barry Oiffer .... second assistant camera
James M. Sheppherd .... dolly grip (as Jim Shepherd)
George Staubs .... second grip
Orlando Suero .... still photographer
Mike Chevalier .... camera operator (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joy Todd .... casting: Philadelphia
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... costumes: women (as Sandra Berke)
Tom Bronson .... costumes: men (as Thomas Bronson)
Editorial Department
Ross Albert .... assistant editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
James D. Brubaker .... post-production coordinator (as James Brubaker)
Gregory M. Gerlich .... assistant editor (as Greg Gerlich)
Danford B. Greene .... supervising editor
Jerelyn J. Harding .... assistant editor (as Jerelyn Golding)
Christopher Holmes .... editor: fight scenes (as Christopher V. Holmes)
James Mitchell .... editor: fight scenes (as James D. Mitchell)
Janice Parker .... assistant editor
Nancy Sales .... assistant editor
James R. Symons .... editor: fight and training montages
Jan Wesley .... assistant editor
Music Department
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Dennis S. Sands .... scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Joe Tuley .... music editor
Denise Bradley .... singer: theme music (uncredited)
Bill Conti .... conductor (uncredited)
Bill Conti .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Peter T. Myers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gloria O'Brien .... singer: theme music (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Russell McEntyre .... transportation coordinator
Dan Riportella .... transportation co-captain (as Daniel Riportella)
Other crew
Dale Benson .... location manager
Stanley Brossette .... publicist
Louis Chirco .... craft service
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producers
Pen Densham .... supervisor: fight and training montages
Chip Fowler .... production office coordinator
Michael S. Glick .... production executive
Vince Heileson .... paymaster
Bruce Hoffman .... additional photographic credit
Linda Horner .... assistant: Mr. Stallone
Lori Imbler .... assistant to producers
Patrice J. Klinger .... production assistant (as Patrice Klinger)
Larry Kramer .... production assistant
Joseph Letizia .... company representative (as Joe Letizia)
Chris Raphael .... promotional appearances
Marge Rowland .... production accountant
Ellen Shire .... location coordinator
Al Silvani .... technical advisor
Marie Sorell .... nurse
Sylvester Stallone .... boxing choreographer
John Watson .... supervisor: fight and training montages
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Doby Daenger .... gofer (uncredited)
Raechel Donahue .... voice talent (uncredited)
Paul B. Schaeffer .... Set Medic (uncredited)
Donna Smith .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Michael Uslan .... production attorney (uncredited)
Jane Oliver .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Rocky 2" - Japan (English title)
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119 min | 142 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario - 2006) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Alberta) (re-rating) (1999) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Mexico:A | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Adrian's rapid hair the end of the big fight scene in Rocky her hair was at cheek length and at the beginning of right after the big fight scene in Rocky II her hair was shoulder length.See more »
Factual errors: During the fifteenth round, Rocky lands a left hook and Apollo Creed is knocked down. Rocky falls as the result of his own punch. The referee begins to count both fighters out. The referee would only be counting Apollo Creed out because Rocky's punch knocked him to the canvas. According to the rules of boxing, Rocky should not be in danger of being counted out because he was not struck by a punch. Rocky was off balance and so the referee would rule it as a slip.See more »
[At a press conference for fight]
Paulie:His lungs he's gonna punch out.
Apollo:Now who is that? Al Capone?
Paulie:I don't sweat you.
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91 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
One of the best sequels ever made. I'm not joking., 10 August 2004
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

I have to hand it to Sylvester Stallone – he did the impossible with 'Rocky II' and made a successful follow-up to 'Rocky,' winner of the 1976 Best Picture Academy Award.

Some argue that 'Taxi Driver' (also nominated) deserved the Oscar more. I'm not so sure. 'Rocky' came along at just the right time – it was an uplifting story and people needed that back then. Now, 'Taxi Driver' is usually considered the superior of the two – but they're entirely different and, in my opinion (and it's a rare one), 'Rocky' is just as good – but in a different way. They're both great films, and I'm not saying that 'Taxi Driver' shouldn't have won – but I'm not necessarily saying it should have, either. 'Rocky's' achievement is monumental and it is one of the greatest films ever made. To say it's 'not as good' merely because it is more optimistic is nonsense.

So what's so great about 'Rocky II' and why is it generally underrated? (Its average user score right now on the Internet Movie Database -- with over 8,000 votes -- is a measly 6.2/10, compared to the original's 7.7)

Because it maintains the focus of the first film, and continues the story rather well. A story that didn't really need to be continued, per se, but nevertheless formed the foundation of one of the greatest film franchises of all time. That's right – many people hate the 'Rocky' sequels, but apart from 'Part V,' they're all surprisingly entertaining – and, more importantly, well made. I like them; they entertain me, and I think they all serve their purpose.

What's particularly interesting about 'Rocky II' is that apart from repeating the central theme of fighting Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky (Stallone) goes through a character arc here that many sequels totally ignore – we see the after-effects of his fight, and him struggling to adapt to the 'New Life.'

Rocky is not a smart person. But he is one of cinema's deepest characters. Stallone (who wrote all the scripts and directed three of the sequels) succeeds at evolving Rocky's self-confidence. After winning a small fortune from his famous fight with Creed, he goes out on an impulsive shopping spree, buying a cool car, a new leather jacket (with a tiger – the beast with the 'eye' that Rocky re-captures in 'Part III' – printed on the back), and a new luxurious apartment for him and his wife Adrienne (Talia Shire).

The problem is that Rocky soon runs out of money. His happy-go-lucky personality crashes when he is faced with the prospect of losing it all. He promised Adrienne never to fight again, and keeps his word by trying to get a 'real' job at the meat-processing factory (the same one he trained at in the original film). However due to staff cut backs he is fired and soon realizes that he was born for one reason: To fight.

Meanwhile, Apollo is eager to take on 'The Italian Stallion' again – to prove he isn't the coward that criticizers are implying he is. He entices Rocky back into the ring for a final match – and to say that the outcome is satisfactory is an understatement.

Most people seem to forget that Stallone is almost solely responsible for the entire success of 'Rocky' as a whole. He came up with the idea, wrote a script, fought to get it made, fought to become the leading star, and literally fought to get in shape. All of this fighting paid off – and it continued to pay off as he kept on cranking out all the sequels.

Indeed, the 'Rocky' legacy is often poked fun at because it is the typical endless Hollywood moneymaking franchise. But 'Rocky II' and 'III' (more so than the other two sequels) have guts, power, determination and focus – they've got the so-called 'Eye of the Tiger' and I can't really say that I agree with anyone who says these movies are worthless. They aren't masterpieces but they certainly aren't trash, either. I give 'Rocky II' a hearty recommendation – it's a truly solid sequel that surprises us right when we expect to be disappointed.

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