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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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Sylvester Stallone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Leonard Gaines ... Agent
Sylvia Meals Sylvia Meals ... Mary Anne Creed
Frank McRae ... Meat Foreman
Al Silvani ... Cutman
John Pleshette ... Director
Stu Nahan ... Announcer
Bill Baldwin ... Commentator
Jerry Ziesmer ... 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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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone himself wrote the paperback novelization for this movie. The novel is mostly in first person, from Rocky's point of view, written in the same choppy English in which Rocky speaks. Scenes in which Rocky is not present (such as Apollo Creed consulting his associates, or Paulie alone with Adrian) are in standard third-person, in proper English. See more »

Goofs

In Rocky III, Mickey is buried in a Jewish funeral. In this film, when Mickey enters the hospital chapel, he crosses himself and later prays without donning a hat or skull cap. See more »

Quotes

Apollo: Hey, Stallion! Stallion! You got a dull skull, Stallion. You're lucky, so lucky. What you did was a miracle. You're the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. I want you to know that, Stallion.
Rocky Balboa: Do I look lucky?
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A memorial dedication to Jane Oliver appears following the conclusion of the credits. See more »

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Current AMC broadcasts in the US use the sped-up 25 fps PAL video from a 24 fps film source. See more »

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Spoofed in South Park: The Losing Edge (2005) See more »

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Gonna Fly Now
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
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A good sequel that repeats the successful formula
27 April 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Immediately after Rocky's close contest with Apollo Creed, he is drawn into fame only to find it is a temporary thing. As the money fades he finds personal crisis is never far away and is tempted into a big money rematch against Creed. Meanwhile Creed, who should fight other fighters, is plagued by suggestions that the first fight was staged to go the distance. Things build to the rematch.

Stallone proves that he has got a money making brain in his head by basically remaking Rocky. The story covers similar themes – it's a soap opera with a fight at the end. Here the soapy mush is mostly about his loss of money and decline back into the gutter, while we have children and comas thrown in for good measure. This is all well and good, and Stallone doesn't let it get too mushy. The script has some good scenes and mixes in comedy – my favourtie line being where Rocky is advised to invest his money in condominiums, to which Rocky replies `condominiums? But I don't use them.'

This comedy helps endear Rocky to us despite being a bit `punchy'. The fight however – that's where the money is. As in the first Rocky movie, the fight is a huge thing, full of emotion and welling music. The fighting is, of course, nonsense – even sillier than the first film, but with the raw emotion and use of music you can't help but get involved – even if you don't want to! At times it goes a bit far and may look a bit like ego-massaging by Stallone, eg the scene where he is out on his training run and is followed by hundreds of supportive children!

Stallone is good in all his roles, the playing of Rocky as a working class bum made good is bang on. Shire doesn't have much to do but she's good beside Stallone. Young is good and Meredith easily repeats his tour-de-force as the grizzled trainer. Carl Weathers is good as Apollo Creed and this is one of his best roles.

Overall this isn't a classic but by repeating the basic formula of the first movie and taking Rocky back to the gutter, this remains an entertaining soap that is driven by mushy, if formulaic, emotion.


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Country:

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Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,390,537, 17 June 1979

Gross USA:

$85,182,160

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,187,855
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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