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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:

He was one punch away from the heavyweight championship of the world. Now he's one heartbeat away from losing the woman he loves. 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:

$85,182,160
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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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Trivia

It took Sylvester Stallone and editors Danford B. Greene and Stanford C. Allen over eight months to edit the climatic fight scene so as to meet Stallone's approval. See more »

Goofs

When the first Rocky fight ends, they are in the Spectrum in South Philadelphia. At the beginning of Rocky II the ambulance is coming down off the Girard Point Bridge and heads up S. Broad Street and goes by the Spectrum, again. They would have had to go over the bridge and turn around to go pass the Spectrum on their way to Jefferson Hospital. See more »

Quotes

[At the wedding of Rocky and Adrian]
Father Carmine: [Speaking Italian] Rocky Balboa, do you take Adrian Ponino to be your lawfully wedded wife?
Rocky Balboa: Yeah. Absolutely. Yes.
Father Carmine: [Speaking Italian] Adrian Ponino, do you take Rocky Balboa to be your lawfully wedded husband?
Adrian: I do.
Rocky Balboa: Thanks.
Father Carmine: [Speaking Italian] Then by the powers vested in me by the State of Pennsylvania, I now pronounce you man & wife.
Father Carmine: [in English] You may kiss the bride now.
Rocky Balboa: I gotta take this off.
[Rocky draws Adrian's veil back; kisses her]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Approx. 2 minutes of dialogue were removed from the German theatrical version. Only in 2009 the film was released uncut (with the missing scenes in English with German subtitles). See more »

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Soundtracks

Gonna Fly Now
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
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A worthy sequel that goes the distance.
28 February 2017 | by The Grand MasterSee all my reviews

Rocky II continued on from the first movie, and though it was no easy task, Sylvester Stallone did a terrific job returning to his now iconic role as well as taking on both roles as writer and director.

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has retired from boxing on medical grounds and is getting used to his newfound fame. Unfortunately, his post-boxing career has not flourished which sees him going back to dead end jobs such as working at the meat packing company with his best friend and brother in law Paulie (Burt Young) to keep his head above financial dire straits and his newly wedded wife Adrian (Talia Shire) vows to stay loyal to him. Meanwhile, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is enraged by all the hate mail that he is receiving, mostly telling him that his championship match was nothing more than a fluke and vows to do everything in his power to goad Rocky Balboa into a rematch. Though Adrian is upset with Rocky's decision to return to the ring, Rocky teams back up with his trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) to regain his passion and pride.

The cast is faultless, and the spirit of the first movie still remains intact. In fact, I found the training scenes to be a lot more uplifting, and I found myself secretly cheering during the penultimate match. And the ending unashamedly had me in tears.

I've always had a soft spot for Rocky II and years later, it's one of the few movies that has me going through a roller-coaster of emotions. In some ways, I wish this was the ending of the first Rocky movie. But it is what it is. Still Rocky II is a worthy sequel that goes the distance.

8/10.


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