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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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After scoring a personal victory (though a physical defeat) in his "Cinderella" bout with Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has gone to seed. In this sequel, he allows his celebrity to go to his head and loses the respect of friends and family--not to mention all his money. Against the wishes of his wife "Yo, Adrian" (Talia Shire), Rocky decides upon one more fight to get back on his financial feet. Thus the stage is set for a rematch with Apollo Creed.Like its predecessor, Rocky II made a fortune at the box office.

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Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire
as Adrian, Adrian Pennino
Burt Young
as Paulie, Paulie Pennino
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith
as Mickey Goldmill, Mickey
Tony Burton
as Tony "Duke" Evers, Apollo'sTrainer
Joe Spinell
as Gazzo, Tony Gazzo
Leonard Gaines
as Agent, Agent #1
Sylvia Meals
as Mary Anne Creed
Frank McRae
as Meat Foreman
Al Silvani
as Cutman, Cut Man
Stu Nahan
as Announcer
Bill Baldwin
as Commentator
Jerry Ziesmer
as Salesman
Paul Micale
as Father Carmine
Earl Montgomery Jr.
as Employment Manager, Employment Manager #1
Herb Nanas
as Employment Manager, Employment Manager #2
Frank Stallone
as Singer, Singer #1
Charles "Honi" Coles
as Singer, Singer #2
Doug Flor
as Singer #3, Singer
Robert Kondyra
as Singer, Singer #4
James Zazzarino
as Singer #5, Singer
Eddie Lopez
as Fighter #1, Fighter
Taurean Blacque
as Lawyer #1, Lawyer
James J. Casino
as Chink's Manager
Samuel Davis
as Apollo's Bodyguard
Ruth Ann Flynn
as Jewelry Sales Lady
Linda Grey Heitz
as Agent, Agent #2
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Critic Reviews for Rocky II

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7)

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.

July 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

December 19, 2006

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


One of the best sequels ever and maybe more powerful that the first Rocky .

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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