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Rocky II

Rocky II

Overview
Rocky II is a 1979 American film that is the sequel to Rocky
Rocky
Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...

, a motion picture in which an unknown boxer
Boxing
Boxing, also called pugilism, is a combat sport in which two people fight each other using their fists. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds...

 had been given a chance to go the distance
The distance (boxing)
The distance, in boxing, refers to the full number of rounds in boxing matches. It is frequently used in the expression "going the distance," which means fighting a full bout without being knocked out...

 with the World Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Heavyweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. Fighters who weigh over 200 pounds are considered heavyweights by the major professional boxing organizations: the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council, and the World Boxing...

 Champion. Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone , commonly known as Sylvester Stallone, and nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed...

, Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers is an American actor, as well as former professional football player in the United States and Canada. He is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films...

, Tony Burton
Tony Burton
Anthony "Tony" Burton is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky series, and is one of three actors who have appeared in all six Rocky films....

, Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
Oliver Burgess Meredith , known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor in theatre, film, and television, who also worked as a director...

, Burt Young
Burt Young
Burt Young is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law and friend Paulie in the Rocky film series.-Personal life:...

 and Talia Shire
Talia Shire
Talia Shire is an American actress most known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series.-Personal life:...

 reprised their original roles. Although this film was released in 1979, the ring announcers say that it takes place ten months after Rocky
Rocky Balboa (character)
Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr. is a fictional character and the main protagonist portrayed by Sylvester Stallone who has appeared in the Rocky series from 1976 to 2006. During the series, he wins the Heavyweight Championship of the World twice....

's first fight with Apollo Creed
Apollo Creed
Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky films, initially portrayed as the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. He was played by Carl Weathers. Many believe his character was modeled after Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali while Rocky Balboa was based on relatively unknown...

, putting the Rocky II fight with Apollo in November 1976.
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Quotations

[to Adrian] I was wonderin' if, uh, you wouldn't mind marryin' me very much.

Do you like having a good time? Then you need-a-good-watch!

[chasing a chicken] I feel like a Kentucky Fried idiot.

[Adrian asks about Rocky's eyesight] I see fine. I see like a Beagle, or something.

Reporter to Rocky in the hospital: "Rocky, do you think you've suffered brain damage?" Rocky:"I don't see any."

You're gonna eat lightnin'; you're gonna crap thunder.

What're we waitin' for? (when Adrian recovers and asks Rocky to win the fight against Apollo)

There's one thing I want you to do for me. Win, win!

Duke: He's all wrong for us, baby. I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man kept coming after you. Now we don't need no man like that in our lives.

Encyclopedia
Rocky II is a 1979 American film that is the sequel to Rocky
Rocky
Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...

, a motion picture in which an unknown boxer
Boxing
Boxing, also called pugilism, is a combat sport in which two people fight each other using their fists. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds...

 had been given a chance to go the distance
The distance (boxing)
The distance, in boxing, refers to the full number of rounds in boxing matches. It is frequently used in the expression "going the distance," which means fighting a full bout without being knocked out...

 with the World Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Heavyweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. Fighters who weigh over 200 pounds are considered heavyweights by the major professional boxing organizations: the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council, and the World Boxing...

 Champion. Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone , commonly known as Sylvester Stallone, and nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed...

, Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers is an American actor, as well as former professional football player in the United States and Canada. He is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films...

, Tony Burton
Tony Burton
Anthony "Tony" Burton is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky series, and is one of three actors who have appeared in all six Rocky films....

, Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
Oliver Burgess Meredith , known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor in theatre, film, and television, who also worked as a director...

, Burt Young
Burt Young
Burt Young is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law and friend Paulie in the Rocky film series.-Personal life:...

 and Talia Shire
Talia Shire
Talia Shire is an American actress most known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series.-Personal life:...

 reprised their original roles. Although this film was released in 1979, the ring announcers say that it takes place ten months after Rocky
Rocky Balboa (character)
Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr. is a fictional character and the main protagonist portrayed by Sylvester Stallone who has appeared in the Rocky series from 1976 to 2006. During the series, he wins the Heavyweight Championship of the World twice....

's first fight with Apollo Creed
Apollo Creed
Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky films, initially portrayed as the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. He was played by Carl Weathers. Many believe his character was modeled after Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali while Rocky Balboa was based on relatively unknown...

, putting the Rocky II fight with Apollo in November 1976. The Ring Magazine heavyweight championship belt makes its first appearance in the series.

Plot


The film opens with the ending of its predecessor, Rocky, with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers is an American actor, as well as former professional football player in the United States and Canada. He is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films...

) successfully defending his world heavyweight title courtesy of a split decision. Both fighters are taken to the same hospital due to the extent of their injuries from the match, where Apollo challenges Rocky (Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone , commonly known as Sylvester Stallone, and nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed...

) to a rematch in front of press. Rocky declines and declares his retirement, his decision supported by his girlfriend, Adrian (Talia Shire
Talia Shire
Talia Shire is an American actress most known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series.-Personal life:...

), and doctors, who reveal he will require surgery for a detached retina which could lead to permanent blindness. After Rocky is discharged from the hospital, he begins to enjoy the benefits of his life's changes resulting from the match: Rocky's new fame attracts him an agent who sees Rocky as a potential endorsement and sponsorship goldmine and his sudden wealth encourages him to propose to Adrian. She happily accepts and they marry in a small ceremony. Soon after, Rocky and Adrian happily learn that Adrian is pregnant with their first child.

Meanwhile, fueled by hate mail he has started to receive, Apollo becomes obsessed with the idea of a rematch which is the only way to prove his belief that Rocky's performance was simply a fluke. Determined to rectify his boxing career's only blemish, Apollo ignores all pleas by his friends and family to move on to other potential opponents and demands his team do whatever necessary to goad Rocky out of retirement and into a rematch.

Rocky at first seems unaffected by Apollo's smear campaign, but his inexperience with money causes him to run into financial problems. After largely unsuccessful attempts to find employment, Rocky visits Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
Oliver Burgess Meredith , known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor in theatre, film, and television, who also worked as a director...

), his trainer, at his gym to talk about the possibility of returning to the ring. At first, Mickey refuses, worried about Rocky's health, but changes his mind after Apollo publicly insults Rocky on television. News of the rematch quickly spreads with Adrian hearing about it through the news. She confronts Rocky about it and reminds him of the risk to his eyesight. Rocky argues he knows nothing else so this is the only way he can provide. Adrian, angry at Rocky for breaking his promise, refuses to support him.

Rocky and Mickey begin training, but it soon becomes apparent Rocky is lacking motivation. Adrian's brother, Paulie (Burt Young
Burt Young
Burt Young is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law and friend Paulie in the Rocky film series.-Personal life:...

), confronts his sister about not supporting her husband, but she faints during the confrontation and is rushed to the hospital where she goes into labor. Despite being premature, the baby is healthy but Adrian falls into a coma. Rocky blames himself for what has happened and refuses to leave Adrian's bedside until she wakes up, and will not go to see his new baby until they can see it together. When Adrian comes out of her coma, she finds Rocky by her bedside and the couple are shown their new baby, a boy, which they name after Rocky. Adrian gives her blessing to the rematch which enables Rocky to refocus on his training and he quickly gets into shape for the fight.

The night of the fight arrives and Apollo has made a public goal of beating Rocky in no more than two rounds to prove the first fight going the full 15 rounds was a fluke. Rocky is not able to mount much of an offensive effort through the first two rounds but manages to survive them disproving Apollo's theory that the first fight's result was a fluke. As before, the fight once again reaches the 15th round, by which point Apollo has built a lead on points that Rocky cannot possibly beat. However, Apollo's obsession with knocking Rocky out (against the advice of his corner men) leads him to trade blows with Rocky despite his lead. Rocky lands a devastating blow on Apollo that knocks the champ down, but an exhausted Rocky loses his balance and falls to the canvas as well. Rocky manages to stand up before the referee counts to ten, while Apollo is counted out. Rocky thus wins the fight by knockout and becomes the heavyweight champion of the world. In his post-fight announcement Rocky, who has won back the respect of his fans and his wife Adrian, humbly thanks Apollo.

Cast and crew

  • Sylvester Stallone
    Sylvester Stallone
    Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone , commonly known as Sylvester Stallone, and nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed...

     .... Rocky Balboa
  • Talia Shire
    Talia Shire
    Talia Shire is an American actress most known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series.-Personal life:...

     .... Adrianna "Adrian" Pennino-Balboa
  • Burt Young
    Burt Young
    Burt Young is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law and friend Paulie in the Rocky film series.-Personal life:...

     .... Paulie Pennino
  • Carl Weathers
    Carl Weathers
    Carl Weathers is an American actor, as well as former professional football player in the United States and Canada. He is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films...

     .... Apollo Creed
    Apollo Creed
    Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky films, initially portrayed as the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. He was played by Carl Weathers. Many believe his character was modeled after Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali while Rocky Balboa was based on relatively unknown...

  • Burgess Meredith
    Burgess Meredith
    Oliver Burgess Meredith , known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor in theatre, film, and television, who also worked as a director...

     .... Mickey Goldmill
    Mickey Goldmill
    Michael "Mickey" Goldmill was a fictional boxing trainer created by Sylvester Stallone and portrayed by Burgess Meredith in the Rocky film series. The character's gravelly voice, intense demeanor and popular catch phrases helped make him highly recognizable, as well as, a common source of parody...

  • Tony Burton
    Tony Burton
    Anthony "Tony" Burton is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky series, and is one of three actors who have appeared in all six Rocky films....

     .... Tony 'Duke' Evers (Apollo's Trainer)
  • Joe Spinell
    Joe Spinell
    Joe Spinell was an American character actor, who appeared in numerous films in the 1970s and 1980s.-Biography:...

     .... Anthony "Tony" Gazzo
  • Leonard Gaines .... Agent
  • Sylvia Meals
    Sylvia Meals
    Sylvia Meals is an actress from the United States. She played Apollo Creed's wife, Mary-Anne Creed in Rocky II and Rocky IV.-External links:...

     .... Mary Anne Creed
  • Frank McRae
    Frank McRae
    Frank McRae is an American actor and former professional football player.McRae was born in Memphis, Tennessee. McRae graduated from Tennessee State University with a double major in drama and history. He was a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears in the 1967 NFL season.Among his acting roles are...

     .... Meat Foreman
  • Al Silvani
    Al Silvani
    Al Silvani was an American boxing trainer and actor.As one of the most sought-after trainers in the business, Silvani trained over twenty world champions, including Jake LaMotta, Henry Armstrong, Carmen Basilio, Fritzie Zivic, Pone Kingpetch, Rocky Graziano, Ingemar Johansson, and Lou Ambers.He...

     .... Cutter
  • John Pleshette
    John Pleshette
    John Pleshette is an American actor, perhaps best known for being an original cast member of the long-running primetime television drama Knots Landing playing Richard Avery...

     .... Director
  • Stu Nahan
    Stu Nahan
    Stu Nahan was an American sportscaster best known for his television broadcasting career in Los Angeles from the 1950s through the 1990s. He is also remembered for his role as a boxing commentator in most of the Rocky films. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6549 Hollywood Blvd...

     .... Announcer
  • Bill Baldwin
    Bill Baldwin
    Bill Baldwin is an American science fiction writer. He writes militaristic space opera. His main series is about a male protagonist named Wilf Ansor Brim....

     .... Commentator
  • Jerry Ziesmer
    Jerry Ziesmer
    Jerry Ziesmer is a career assistant director for major Hollywood films, best recognized for the line "terminate with extreme prejudice" in his acting role as a CIA operative in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.-Early life:...

     .... 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
    Frank Stallone
    Frank P. Stallone, Jr. is an American actor, singer/guitarist and Golden Globe and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter. He has appeared in many Hollywood films and television. He is the younger brother of Sylvester Stallone.-Early life:...

     .... 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
    Taurean Blacque
    Taurean Blacque is an American television and stage actor, best known for his role as Detective Neal Washington on the series Hill Street Blues...

     .... Lawyer
  • James J. Casino .... Chink's Manager (as James Casino)
  • Shaka Cumbuka .... Cornerman
  • Samuel Davis
    Samuel Davis
    Samuel Davis was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. He is also the illustrator behind the newer anniversary covers of American Chillers.-Biography:...

     .... Apollo's Bodyguard
  • Roberto Durán
    Roberto Durán
    Roberto Durán Samaniego is a retired professional boxer from Panama, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A versatile brawler in the ring, he was nicknamed "Manos de Piedra" during his career....

     .... Fighter (as Roberto Duran)
  • Lou Fillipo .... Referee (as Lou Filippo)
  • Ruth Ann Flynn .... Jewelry Sales Lady
  • Linda Grey .... Agent
  • Grainger Hines
    Grainger Hines
    Grainger Hines, born in Greenwood, South Carolina, is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. He starred in numerous television shows. "True Blood", Boston Legal, Nip/Tuck, CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Las Vegas, Saving Grace, Ghost Whisperer, In the Heat of the Night, Airwolf, Star Trek: The...

     .... Emergency Room Aide
  • Garrie Kelly .... White Hunter
  • Ava Lazar
    Ava Lazar
    Ava Lazar is an American actress most notable for her role as the first Santana Andrade in NBC's soap opera Santa Barbara. She portrayed the role during 1984.-External links:...

     .... White Hunter
  • Joseph Letizia .... Car Salesman
  • René Le Vant .... Young Lugger (as Rene Le Vant)
  • Tawny Little
    Tawny Little
    Tawny Little, née Tawny Elaine Godin , is an American television presenter and former Miss America in 1976.-Career:...

     .... Reporter
  • Paul McCrane
    Paul McCrane
    Paul David McCrane is an American film, television and theatre actor, as well as an occasional television director. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Montgomery MacNeil in the 1980 film Fame and Dr. Robert Romano on the NBC medical drama television series ER.-Early life:McCrane was...

     .... Young Patient
  • Sonny Melendrez
    Sonny Melendrez
    Sonny Melendrez is an American actor, radio-TV personality, and keynote speaker based in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and is the host of SonnyRadio.com....

     .... Reporter
  • Tony Munafo .... Boxer
  • Brent Musburger
    Brent Musburger
    Brent Woody Musburger is an American sportscaster for the ESPN and ABC television networks. Formerly with CBS Sports and one of the original members of their legendary program The NFL Today, Musburger has covered NASCAR, NBA, MLB, NCAA football and basketball games. Musburger has also served as a...

     .... Reporter (CBS Sports
    CBS Sports
    CBS Sports is a division of CBS Broadcasting which airs sporting events on the American television network. Its headquarters are in the CBS Building on West 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York City, with programs produced out of Studio 43 at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street.CBS...

     commentator)
  • Ed Ness .... Timekeeper
  • Fred Pinkard .... Lawyer
  • Jane Marla Robbins .... Gloria
  • Hank Rolike .... Cornerman
  • David L. Ross .... Reporter (as David Ross)
  • Fran Ryan
    Fran Ryan
    Fran Ryan was an American character actress featured in television and films. She was born in Los Angeles, California....

     .... Adrian's Nurse
  • Whitney Rydbeck .... Sound Man
  • Shepherd Sanders .... Employment Manager (as Shepherd Sanders)
  • Jeff Temkin .... Ring Announcer
  • Allan Warnick .... Makeup Man
  • Charles Winkler .... Camera Assistant
  • James Zaza .... Emergency Room Reporter
  • Brenda King .... Ring girl #2
  • Taaffe O'Connell
    Taaffe O'Connell
    Taaffe O'Connell is an American actress, best known by horror film fans for her performance in Galaxy of Terror. Her acting career began in the late 1970s and continued uninterrupted through the 1980s...

     .... Ring Girl
  • Velvet Rhodes .... Reporter
  • Butkis Stallone .... Butkis the Dog
  • Seargeoh Stallone ... Robert 'Rocky' Balboa Jr.

Production


Approximately 800 school children are estimated to have been used for the scene depicting Rocky's run through Philadelphia.

Novelization


A novelization
Novelization
A novelization is a novel that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work.Novelizations of films usually add background material not found in the original work to flesh out the story, because novels are generally longer than screenplays...

 was published by Ballantine Books
Ballantine Books
Ballantine Books is a major book publisher located in the United States, founded in 1952 by Ian Ballantine with his wife, Betty Ballantine. It was acquired by Random House in 1973, which in turn was acquired by Bertelsmann AG in 1998 and remains part of that company today. Ballantine's logo is a...

 in 1979. Sylvester Stallone was credited as the author.

Soundtrack


All music by Bill Conti.
  1. "Redemption" 2:34
  2. "Gonna Fly Now" 2:35
  3. "Conquest" 4:42
  4. "Vigil" 6:31
  5. "All of My Life" 3:56
  6. "Overture" 8:38
  7. "Two Kinds of Love" 2:37
  8. "All of my Life" 2:27

  • Bill Conti - piano (1)
  • Mike Lang - piano (8)
  • David Duke - Horn solo (4)
  • DeEtta Little, Nelson Pigford - vocals (5)

Critical reception


Rocky II received mostly positive reviews from critics and is considered by many as one of the best films of 1979. It holds a 71% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes is a website devoted to reviews, information, and news of films—widely known as a film review aggregator. Its name derives from the cliché of audiences throwing tomatoes and other vegetables at a poor stage performance...

. The film won Best Picture at the American Movie Awards
American Movie Awards
The American Movie Awards were awards to honour excellence in film, there were only two ceremonies, one in 1980, and one in 1982.-1980:*Best Film: Rocky II*Best Actor: Alan Alda *Best Actress: Sally Field...

 and won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture.

Box office performance


Rocky II was an enormous box office success. It was one of the first sequels to match the financial success of the original film
Rocky
Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...

. It was the second highest grossing film of 1979
1979 in film
The year 1979 in film involved some significant events.- Major events :* March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.* May 25 - Alien, a landmark of the science fiction genre, is released....

, both domestically and worldwide (behind Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its impact on everyone involved, including the couple's young son...

's
domestic gross of $106,260,000, and Moonraker's
Moonraker (film)
Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The third and final film in the series to be directed by Lewis Gilbert, it co-stars Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Corinne Clery, and Richard Kiel...

worldwide gross of $210,308,099) The film grossed $6,390,537 during its opening weekend, $85,182,160 at the U.S. box office and $200,182,160 overall. It was also the highest grossing movie sequel ever until The Empire Strikes Back debuted one year later.

Billboard's chart for the soundtrack


Date: 25/08/1979 - Run: 178-169-159-149-*147* (5 wks on Top 200).

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