Rocky II

Infobox_Film
name = Rocky II


caption = "Rocky II" movie poster
imdb_id = 0079817
writer = Sylvester Stallone
starring = Sylvester Stallone
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Carl Weathers
Burgess Meredith
Tony Burton
director = Sylvester Stallone
producer = Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
cinematography = Bill Butler
editing = Stanford C. Allen
Janice Hampton
distributor = United Artists
released = June 15, 1979
runtime = 119 min.
music = Bill Conti
country = USA
language = English
preceded_by = "Rocky"
followed_by = "Rocky III"

"Rocky II" is the 1979 sequel to "Rocky", a motion picture in which an unknown boxer had been given a chance to go the distance with the World Heavyweight Champion. Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young and Talia Shire reprised their original roles.

Taglines:
* The Rematch Of The Century.
* The story continues...
* The Italian Stallion is back!
* Rocky shows he's a champ, and wins!

Plot

"Rocky Part II" begins with the 14th round of the Bicentennial fight from the first movie. The fight lasts the entire 15 rounds with each fighter suffering many devastating injuries. After the fight, Rocky calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring. As Creed is announced the winner by split decision, Adrian and Rocky embrace, and Rocky tells her that he loves her. After their championship bout, Rocky and Apollo are taken by ambulance to a hospital, where they meet once again in the hospital lobby with a mob of reporters. Apollo Creed, who retained the championship on points, is furious at Rocky, the first man to go the distance with him, and starts clamoring for another chance to knock Rocky out. Rocky goes to Apollo's room that night and asks "Did you give me your best?" to which Apollo answers "Yeah". Rocky declines talk of a rematch and tells Apollo that he is quitting boxing. Rocky's decision to retire is strengthened when doctors tell him he needs surgery for a detached retina.

Following his hospital stay, Rocky proposes to Adrian in front of the tiger exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo, and they marry. Rocky begins to enjoy the profits from his fight with Apollo. He buys his first brand new car which is a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, goes on a shopping spree (purchasing a black leather jacket with a tiger in the back, a fur coat for Adrian, and some watches, to name a few), and buys a two-story house. For money, Rocky opts to exploit his image as the "Italian Stallion" by appearing in commercials. His new career, however, is quickly derailed by his sub-par reading skills, which leads to a clash with the director of his first commercial.

Unable to find white-collar work due to his lack of education, and after being laid off (because of cutbacks) from the meat plant where Paulie previously worked, he gets a job as a boxing trainer at Mickey's gym. Adrian, now pregnant, returns to her old job at the pet store.

Meanwhile, Apollo Creed, who has been receiving hate mail about his win over Rocky, elects to try and pressure Rocky into another fight so that he can prove himself, despite protests from his trainer, Tony "Duke" Evers, to find a new contender to fight against (when asked by Apollo what Tony is afraid of [regarding Rocky] , Tony replies "I saw you beat that man like I ain't never seen no man get beat before. And he kept coming after you"). Rocky himself begins to have second thoughts about the fight, but because of the pressure applied by Apollo, Rocky decides to accept the challenge for a rematch against Apollo on Thanksgiving 1976 and begins training. Mickey wants Rocky to learn to fight right-handed in order to better protect Rocky's bad eye, and to give him a surprise advantage by switching back to left-handed with the intention of throwing off Apollo's timing and confusing him.

However, Adrian's opposition saps his resolve and his training suffers. When Paulie confronts Adrian about her opinion, her angry reaction creates a serious medical condition that breaks her water prematurely. During the birth of their son, Adrian falls into a coma, and forces their son into an incubator. Rocky breaks away from training to spend every waking moment either at her side or in the hospital chapel with Mickey, not even seeing his newborn son until she recovers. When Adrian emerges from the coma, she tells Rocky to "win" and he restarts training in earnest with Mickey for the rematch with Apollo. His condition improves dramatically with increased strength and speed.

As with the first fight, Rocky's training includes a brisk run throughout the city of Philadelphia. This time, however, he is greeted with the cheers and encouragement of onlookers as he runs through the streets of South Philadelphia, having become a local celebrity following his narrow loss to Apollo. Along the way, children and pre-teens begin to follow him, their numbers increasing dramatically block by block. By the time he reaches the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City, hundreds of young people have joined in. Ultimately, they follow Rocky to the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, enthusiastically chanting his name as he lifts his arms in a victory pose.

Rocky and Apollo once again fight an intense battle in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Philadelphia Spectrum. Unlike the first match, Apollo gets off to a fast start, flooring Rocky twice in the first two rounds and building a huge lead on the scorecards as the fight goes on. But throughout the fight, Rocky pounds away at Apollo on and off, turning the fight into a brutal battle. At the start of the fifteenth round, Apollo's trainer begs him not to try to go for a knockout, as he can win simply by avoiding Rocky. Apollo, desperately wanting to prove he can knock out Rocky and very frustrated that he keeps coming back, disregards the advice. Mickey tells Rocky to switch back to boxing left-handed now, and although Rocky initially refuses, he switches back, landing several crashing lefts. Rocky hits Apollo with a final punch that knocks him down, but from sheer exhaustion, Rocky also goes down to the canvas. The referee starts the final ten-count as the fighters struggle to their feet, in a heart-pounding sequence.

As a beaten and exhausted Apollo slumps to a corner, Rocky grabs the top rope and picks himself up at the count of 9, and is declared the new Heavyweight Champion of the World. In his post-match speech, he thanks Apollo for another hard-fought battle, Mickey for training him, and God. Rocky states that beside the couple's newest newborn son, it was the greatest match he had ever fought on the perfect night of his life before shouting to his wife, who watched the bout on television, "Yo, Adrian! I did it!"

Trivia

*Approximately 800 school children are estimated to have been used for the scene depicting Rocky's run through Philadelphia. [cite news
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*This was the last film until "Rocky V" and later "Rocky Balboa" to depict Rocky living in downtown Philadelphia.
*This is Rocky's friend Gazzo's last appearance in the films.
*One note from the previous film is that the driver of Gazzo's car tells Rocky after saying Adrian was mentally challenged to "take her to the zoo, I hear retards like the zoo", and after leaving the hospital in "Rocky II", Rocky proposes at the Philadelphia Zoo.
*This was the only "Rocky" movie to have mentioned that Rocky had gained a large Italian fan-base when Bill Baldwin states, "I've never seen so many Italians in one place", to which his partner Stu Nahan says, "You said that, not me".
*This movie has the last camera appearance of the singers who live in Rocky's neighborhood, one of whom was Stallone's real life brother, Frank Stallone.
*The song that is sung by the street singers, "Take You Back" is later used in "Rocky III", as well as in the intro to "Rocky Balboa".
*Although this film was released in 1979, the ring announcers say that it takes place ten months after the first fight with Creed, putting the Rocky II fight with Apollo in November 1976.
*While training for the film, Stallone tore his pectoral muscle requiring over 160 stitches.
*In the television series "Freaks and Geeks", the character of gym teacher Ben Fredericks mentions that "Rocky II" is his favourite movie of all time because, "That Carl Weathers is ripped!"
*The Ring Magazine heavyweight championship belt makes its first appearance in the series.
*Sylvester Stallone actually bought and drove a black and gold 1979 Pontiac Trans Am.
*This is the last time until "Rocky Balboa" that Rocky runs up the stairs to 'Gonna Fly Now'.
*The Philadelphia Zoo tiger exhibit was the backdrop for the now-famous proposal scene. Even though the exhibit has been redesigned into the Zoo's Bank of America Big Cats Falls, the proposal spot in the current Amur tiger area will soon be marked with a sign forever commemorating the moment.
*Although Rocky is left-handed, this film clearly shows Stallone is right-handed; when Rocky signs autographs and punches the heavybag.
*Robert Balboa Jr. in the film is the real life son of Sylvester Stallone, Seargeoh Stallone.

Billboard's Chart for the Soundtrack

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

Cast and Crew

*Sylvester Stallone .... Rocky Balboa
*Talia Shire .... Adrianna "Adrian" Pennino
*Burt Young .... Paulie Pennino
*Carl Weathers .... Apollo Creed
*Burgess Meredith .... Mickey Goldmill
*Tony Burton .... Tony 'Duke' Evers (Apollo's Trainer)
*Joe Spinell .... Anthony "Tony" Gazzo
*Leonard Gaines .... Agent
*Sylvia Meals .... Mary Anne Creed
*Frank McRae .... Meat Foreman
*Al Silvani .... Cutter
*John Pleshette .... Director
*Stu Nahan .... Announcer
*Bill Baldwin .... Commentator
*Jerry Ziesmer .... 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 .... 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 .... Lawyer
*James J. Casino .... Chink's Manager (as James Casino)
*Shaka Cumbuka .... Cornerman
*Samuel Davis .... Apollo's Bodyguard
*Roberto Durán .... Fighter (as Roberto Duran)
*Lou Fillipo .... Referee (as Lou Filippo)
*Ruth Ann Flynn .... Jewelry Sales Lady
*Linda Grey .... Agent
*Grainger Hines .... Emergency Room Aide
*Garrie Kelly .... White Hunter
*Ava Lazar .... White Hunter
*Joseph Letizia .... Car Salesman
*René Le Vant .... Young Lugger (as Rene Le Vant)
*Tawny Little .... Reporter
*Paul McCrane .... Young Patient
*Sonny Melendrez .... Reporter
*Tony Munafo .... Boxer
*Brent Musburger .... Reporter
*Ed Ness .... Timekeeper
*Fred Pinkard .... Lawyer
*Jane Marla Robbins .... Gloria
*Hank Rolike .... Cornerman
*David L. Ross .... Reporter (as David Ross)
*Fran Ryan .... 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 .... Ring Girl
*Velvet Rhodes .... Reporter
*Butcrease Stallone .... Butkis the Dog
*Seargeoh Stallone ... Robert 'Rocky' Balboa Jr.

U.S. Box Office and Critical reception

*United States: US$85 million [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079817/business Business Data for Rocky II] at the Internet Movie Database]
*Worldwide: US$200 million
*"Rocky II" was met with mostly positive reviews from critics, and was considered a critical and financial success altogether.

References

External links

* [http://rocky.com/ Official Rocky Anthology site]
*imdb title|id=0079817|title=Rocky II
*mojo title|id=rocky2|title=Rocky II
* [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rocky_ii "Rocky II" @ Rotten Tomatoes]


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