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Rocky II (1979)

aka Rocky II

"Once he fought for a dream. Now he's fighting for love!"

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Details: 119 mins · English · PG (USA)

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Cast:

Small Rocky Balboa
Small Adrian
Small Paulie
Small Apollo Creed
Small Mickey Goldmill
No_movie_poster Duke
Small Tony Gazzo
No_movie_poster Agent
No_movie_poster Mary Anne Creed
No_movie_poster Meat Foreman
No_movie_poster Director
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No_movie_poster Tony "Duke" Evers
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Crew:

No_movie_poster Tom Bronson Costume Design
No_movie_poster Bill Butler Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Michael McLean Casting
Small Bill Conti Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Irwin Winkler Producer
No_movie_poster Richard Berger Art Direction
Small Sylvester Stallone Director
No_movie_poster Robert Chartoff Producer
No_movie_poster Joe Tuley Music Editor
No_movie_poster Jimmy Nickerson Stunt Coordinator
No_movie_poster Stanford C. Allen Editor
No_movie_poster Janice Hampton Editor
No_movie_poster Ed Baer Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Sandy Berke Jordan Costume Design
No_movie_poster Philip Goldblat Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Jean Burt Reilly Hairstylist
No_movie_poster Frank E. Warner Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Small Sylvester Stallone Writer

Taglines:

"Once he fought for a dream. Now he's fighting for love!"

"The story continues..."

Plot:

In 1976, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) successfully defends 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) to a rematch in front of press. Rocky declines and declares his retirement, his decision supported by his girlfriend, Adrian (Talia Shire), 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 that a rematch is the only way to prove 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), his trainer and manager, 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. Adrian confronts Rocky about the danger of returning to fighting 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 not focused on the job at hand due to Adrian's disapproval. Adrian's brother, Paulie (Burt Young), 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.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1979-06-15 : United States of America

DVD : 1997-10-01

DVD : 2005-02-08