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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rocky Balboa
... Adrian
... Paulie
... Apollo Creed
... Mickey
... Apollo's Trainer
... Gazzo
Leonard Gaines ... Agent
Sylvia Meals ... Mary Anne Creed
... Meat Foreman
... Cutman
... Director
Stu Nahan ... Announcer
... Commentator
... Salesman
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Storyline

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 Film_Fan

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky II, la revancha  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,390,537, 17 June 1979, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$85,182,160, 31 December 1979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,182,160
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1976. See more »

Goofs

When Adrian is in the coma, Rocky's facial hair is used to give a general idea of time. Just before Adrian comes out of the coma you can Rocky with almost a full beard. The shot pans over to Adrian opening her eyes. When the shot pans back to Rocky, he barely has a 5 o'clock shadow. See more »

Quotes

Apollo: Do you think I beat him the last time?
Duke: You got the decision.
Apollo: Man, I won! But I didn't beat him!
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Connections

Edited into Rocky IV (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Fly Now
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
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Outstanding Sequel.
16 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

"Rocky" is truly one of the greatest films ever made. So a sequel to this film would have a tough time following it. Rocky 2 does a great job following up "Rocky" and is truly a great film.

The story starts up right where "Rocky" left off. Rocky goes to the hospital and has surgery and it is revealed that further fighting could damage his eye badly and make him go blind possibly. So Rocky settles down, marries Adrian and starts making commercials. Soon Adrian gets pregnant. However soon his ability to not read well costs him his job making commercials and Rocky struggles to find another job. Elsewhere Apollo Creed is furious that so many people are criticizing him for going 15 rounds with a guy who came off that street. So Apollo wants a rematch. Rocky decides that he must fight again, which upsets Adrian due to the health risks he may face.

This film succeeds mainly due to the fact that it does a great job continuing the Rocky saga. It starts right up after "Rocky" and further continues the story. It is an awesome follow up. All of the characters are further developed. Apollo Creed is shown more and his character is expanded the most and you get to see what he is like more. Carl Weathers does a great job with Creed in this episode and really plays the upset athlete at the media well. Paulie takes a back seat in this film for the most part but Adrian is very significant in this film as she is the main reason why Rocky is so reluctant to get back in the ring.

Rocky 2 is really funny, more so than the first one. Love how Rocky goes around trying to get a job despite the fact that he has basically no education. Also humorous is how bad Rocky is at reading cue cards and what he chooses to talk about at his press conference with Apollo. For the most part Rocky and Rocky 2 are more funny than the next films mainly because of how Rocky becomes "civilized" in "Rocky 3" and loses his sense of humor in some ways.

The training that ROcky does in this film is epic. Love the training that he goes through in this film, slamming metal, chasing chickens, and hopping around with lumber on his shoulders. Rocky really works hard training in this film, my personal favorite of his films in how he trains.

No film is perfect though. The "Gonna FLy Now" song is not the same as it is in the first film. It is not sung by the same people who sang it is the first film so it is not nearly as good. However this song is only used when Rocky is running, not when he is doing his other training. They use the "Going the Distance" song when he is doing his training outside of his running which is fine.

Also the fight at the end of the film is not nearly as good as the fight in the first film. It is mainly just Rocky getting pounded relentlessly and having to overcome a superior athlete. Not like in the first film where it is an even fight for the most part.

A great sequel that is funny, further expands the story and characters, and has some really great and memorable moments. A must see and easily the second best film of the series.


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