Rocky II (1979)
Critic Consensus: Rocky II is a movie that dares you to root again for the ultimate underdog -- and succeeds due to an infectiously powerful climax.
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as Rocky Balboa
as Adrian, Adrian Pennino
as Paulie, Paulie Pennino
as Apollo Creed
as Mickey Goldmill, Mickey
as Tony "Duke" Evers, Apollo'sTrainer
as Gazzo, Tony Gazzo
as Agent, Agent #1
as Mary Anne Creed
as Meat Foreman
as Cutman, Cut Man
as Father Carmine
as Employment Manager, Employment Manager #1
as Employment Manager, Employment Manager #2
as Singer, Singer #1
as Singer, Singer #2
as Singer #3, Singer
as Singer, Singer #4
as Singer #5, Singer
as Fighter #1, Fighter
as Lawyer #1, Lawyer
as Chink's Manager
as Apollo's Bodyguard
as Jewelry Sales Lady
as Agent, Agent #2
Critic Reviews for Rocky II
Rocky II contains the flaws of the original: simplistic characterizations, saccharine romance, a tendency to cuteness. But it also fills the heart and quickens the pulse.
By the punishing heft of the big fight, there is the clear hint that the series will soon plunge into an unpalatable patriotic fervour. For now, though, with its leathery texture of working class Philly-life it felt enough like reality.
Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff know from experience audiences love to root for the underdog and have concocted an irresistible final 30 minutes.
Sylvester Stallone's follow-up to his runaway success of 1976 is a little more threadbare in spots than the original, but it still has some conviction and spunk.
Stallone's performance as a Philadelphia saint in a B movie physique leaves you undecided whether to gag or sob, but the final fight sequences make up for it; a full-blooded Hollywood finale reaching giddy heights of cathartic glee.
Audience Reviews for Rocky II
Yes, Sylvester Stallone, you really did it, and this exciting and surprisingly moving sequel - written, directed and acted by him, no less - is an impressive follow-up and definite proof that the success of that fantastic first film was a lot more than just beginner's luck.
All this film really does is build stronger characters and a much better story to follow. As Rocky and Adrian get married, buy a house and attempt to have a kid, Rocky is faced with job gains and losses all over town. Wanting something more with his life, he realizes that his true calling is still back in the boxing ring. More than anything, this film serves as a very strong redemption film, and in the end, I almost had tears in my eyes at how effective they make it out to be. Stallone again, puts his all into this character, and although some of the other actors feels a little unmotivated (mainly the character of Adrian), the film is still great overall. The filmmaking and script is overall better in the first film, but this serves as a great sequel! The "champ" is back!
One of the best sequels ever and maybe more powerful that the first Rocky .
Rocky II Quotes
|Mickey:||I think we oughta knock his block off.|
|Rocky Balboa:||Yo Adrian, I did it!|
|Mickey:||[after slapping Rocky in the face with his left hand] Now you didn't even see that comin', did ya? And that's comin' from a broken down punk like me. What... what do ya think the champ would do to ya?|
|Rocky Balboa:||Hurt me bad, I guess...|
|Mickey:||Na, he'd hurt ya permanent. Permanent !|
|Mickey:||Na, he'd hurt ya permanent. Permanent!|
|Apollo's Trainer:||He's all wrong for us, baby. I saw you beat that man like I saw no man get beat before and the man kept coming after you. Now we don't need that kind of man in our life. I know what you're feeling. Let it go.....let it go. You're the Champ.|