Rocky II

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Overview

By concentrating on character development with this first of several sequels to his Oscar-winning smash Rocky (1976), writer/director Sylvester Stallone earned critical praise that would desert him with the boxing saga's shallower subsequent chapters. Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia prize fighter enjoying his brief fame after nearly defeating world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Offered lucrative product endorsement opportunities, Rocky's limited education and lack of ...
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Overview

By concentrating on character development with this first of several sequels to his Oscar-winning smash Rocky (1976), writer/director Sylvester Stallone earned critical praise that would desert him with the boxing saga's shallower subsequent chapters. Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia prize fighter enjoying his brief fame after nearly defeating world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Offered lucrative product endorsement opportunities, Rocky's limited education and lack of sophistication quickly become an impediment to his future success, causing him embarrassment and his pregnant wife Adrian (Talia Shire) a great deal of financial concern. Meanwhile, Creed is brooding over his near-loss to a fighter he considers an amateur far beneath him and decides to goad a reluctant Rocky into a high-profile rematch. With the family resources dwindling and his pride wounded, Rocky decides that fighting is all he knows and makes the fateful decision to climb back into the ring once more with Creed, despite assurances from all concerned that he will damage himself irreparably. Although their first meeting was simply an exhibition fight, the second Balboa-Creed face-off is an officially sanctioned battle for Creed's championship belt.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Released in 1979, Rocky II arguably represents the beginning of '80s film. The original Rocky was a welcome turn from the nihilistic storylines that dominated early and mid-'70s American films. Sure, Rocky does not have such a fairy tale life that he wins the title, but he does accomplish his dream to go the distance with the champ, and he gets the woman of his (realistically modest) dreams. The film's first sequel represents Stallone's abandonment of personal cinema and his acceptance of what would become '80s rah-rah, boom-boom blockbuster cinema. While the first two thirds of the film expand on the characters of Rocky and Apollo, recognizable human emotions disappear during the hyper-dramatic final fight. It is in the character of Adrian that one can see the death of Stallone the artist and the birth of Stallone the superstar. Adrian's love for Rocky proves to be selfless. Only when she believes in him without reservation does he find the fortitude to defeat Apollo. This is exactly the relationship Stallone wanted with his audience. He wanted to be more than a standup guy with some talent; he wanted to be a larger-than-life hero who is adored for being a courageous warrior. Rocky was about a man who lived up to his potential. Rocky II is about an idealized hero. For good or ill, Stallone stopped being one of the common men and became an icon. He would never fully shed that screen persona.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • UPC: 027616915146
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,736

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Lenny Gaines Agent
Sylvia Meals Mary Anne Creed
Frank McRae Meat Foreman
Al Silvani Cutman
Al Silvani Cutman
John Pleshette Director
Stu Nahan Announcer
Bill Baldwin Commentator
Jerry Ziesmer Salesman
Paul Micale Father Carmine
Taurean Blacque Lawyer
Allison Caine Voice Only
James J. Casino Chink's Manager
Charles "Honi" Coles Singer
Shaka Cumbuka Cornerman
Michael Dorn Bit
Roberto Duran Fighter
Lou Filippo Referee
Grainger Hines Emergency Room Aide
Ava Lazar White Hunter
Rene LeVant Young Lugger
Eddie Lopez Fighter
Paul McCrane Young Patient
Sonny Melendrez Reporter
Earl Montgomery Jr.
Tony Munafo Boxer
Herb Nanas Employment Manager
Jane Marla Robbins Gloria
Stuart K. Robinson
Hank Rolike Cornerman
Fran Ryan Adrian's Nurse
Whitney Rydbeck Sound Man
Shepherd Sanders Employment Manager
Frank Stallone Singer
Jeff Temkin Ring Announcer
Allan Warnick Makeup Man
Charles Winkler Camera Assistant
Technical Credits
Sylvester Stallone Director, Screenwriter
Stanford C. Allen Editor
Ed Baer Set Decoration/Design
Richard G. Berger Art Director
Sandra Berke Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Robert Chartoff Producer
Arthur Chobanian Associate Producer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Michael S. Glick Executive Producer
Danford B. Greene Editor
Janice Hampton Editor
James R. Symons Editor
Michael McLean Casting
Al Silvani Consultant/advisor
Al Silvani Consultant/advisor
Frank Stallone Score Composer, Songwriter
Joy Todd Casting
Michael Westmore Makeup
Irwin Winkler Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Flashback/Main Title [7:47]
2. After the Fight [6:16]
3. A Little Married [7:55]
4. Reversal of Fortune [7:20]
5. Hard Times [11:24]
6. "I am a Fighter" [9:07]
7. Apollo's Challenge [1:27]
8. Meet the Press [10:29]
9. New Strategy [2:27]
10. Family Matters [7:39]
11. Prayer, Talk & Poetry [4:59]
12. Training [9:26]
13. 5 to 1 Underdog [6:12]
14. The Fight [8:45]
15. The Final Round [10:26]
16. "I Did It"/End Credits [2:46]
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Menu

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   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: Français Mono
      Spoken Languages: Español Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
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