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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Once he fought for a dream. Now he's fighting for love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky II See more »

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:

$200,182,160
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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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When Mickey comes to visit Rocky, Rocky opens the door for him to enter. Mickey never moves past the threshold but the door that opens inwards is now closed behind him. See more »

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Rocky Balboa: It's Apollo.
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Gonna Fly Now
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
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Same Story, Both Continued AND Re-told
12 October 2005 | by kezop_maleSee all my reviews

I'm old enough to remember the thrill of seeing each of the "Rocky" films during their original, theatrical runs. The magical component that Stallone achieved was to tell nearly the exact same story, twice in a row, with the same characters... and yet, he gives us a one-two punch that hits just solidly as the first.

It's truly a remarkable feat. Differences? We've already met all the characters. Gone is the sense of discovery, the sense of learning who these people are. We already know, don't we? Yet, Stallone's characters are sufficiently interesting enough for us to want to spend more time with them, seeing them in a world most of us don't know, living a life few of us would really want. While the sense of discovery about these characters is gone, our joy of being a voyeur into their world is not.

It's a toss up which movie, "Rocky" or "Rocky II," asks us to suspend disbelief more. In "Rocky," we have to accept that a nobody, unrated, club fighter could a) get the chance to fight the world champion. B) He could possibly defy all odds and go the distance. That's a huge stretch only possible in Hollywood movies, classifying the first movie as a fairy tale along the lines of Cinderella.

Soap opera-esquire is not a bad way to characterize "Rocky II" because of the emotional ride, but I don't find it as trite as a soap opera. Rocky's actions are very believable, from his earnings feeling like a fortune to him (when they were obviously not), to his illiteracy and his unsophisticated, "punch drunk" boxer. The ramifications of his past are believable. He fritters away the money and is unable to capitalize on his 15 minutes of fame. Hey, it happens all the time. Very believable.

With a pregnant wife, no job, and no way to pay his bills, he's backed into a corner. What's a fighter to do? (And in this case, I mean "a fighter" in its most literal sense.) He's willing to risk his health and even his marriage to do what any man should do: provide for his family.

Adrian's bit of drama is the single "problem" with the movie, but it's also the heart of the movie. It's not a movie about losing it all and coming back again, it's much more than that. It's about a simple man who's trying to do the best he can with the only tools he has. And when Adrian is first to go down for the count, it puts it all in jeopardy.

It's not until his wife is ready to accept him as he is, for what he is, that he can continue his quest, one more fight, for his family, for himself.

The story arc feels so similar to the first movie that this one is often tossed to the side, yet it truly is amazing how Stallone managed to re-imagine all the magic of the first movie and, better still, give us a second helping of it that's just as sweet. Enjoy!


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