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Movie Review: Rocky 2

Updated on March 6, 2017

Cast of Rocky 2

Top is Paulie and Apollo and bottom is Mickey, Rocky and Adrienne. The five are the key actors from the second Rocky installment.
Top is Paulie and Apollo and bottom is Mickey, Rocky and Adrienne. The five are the key actors from the second Rocky installment. | Source

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The Story Continues....

Rocky 2 came out in 1979 and it continues where the original film leaves off. Rocky Balboa, the underdog club fighter, shocked Apollo Creed in their first bout and lost a close, disputed fifteen round decision.

After the bout Doctors advise Rocky to retire to avoid going blind. Rocky retires and Apollo sets to ruin his rep and taunts him into a rematch. Rocky tries odd jobs but he is a fighter at heart and after much taunting from Apollo he agrees to fight again. The training is the key and Rocky needs to be ready not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well if he is to stand a chance against Creed.

Rocky (Video Game)

Rocky was such a popular film that it was made into a Playstation video game. You actually have to pound raw meat during training.
Rocky was such a popular film that it was made into a Playstation video game. You actually have to pound raw meat during training. | Source

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Rocky vs. Apollo: The Rematch

The first match was intense but the rematch was even better. The first few rounds had Apollo winning with his speed and footwork as Rocky tried to fight right handed instead of his usual southpaw style.

The midway point was a pivotal moment for Rocky as he turned up the heat and eventually switched back to southpaw and started to land hard body shots. Apollo continued to land the jab and right hand on the move but the Rock began to corner Apollo more and more landing big punches.

In the final few rounds Apollo appeared to get a second wind and started to use his legs and move while snapping out flurries. E en though the match was close Apollo seemed to have a slim lead going into the final heat. In the 15th, Apollo and The Italian Stallion began to trade heavy artillery. Finally, both boxers landed dynamite and both fighters fell to the canvas. Both struggled to get to their feet and beat the count but at 8 Apollo collapsed and at 9 Rocky barely made it and became the new champ.

Rocky vs. Apollo 2

Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed fought twice, once in the first film and once in part two. Apollo won the first time and Rocky won the sequel.
Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed fought twice, once in the first film and once in part two. Apollo won the first time and Rocky won the sequel. | Source

Rocky, Rocky Jr. and Adrienne

Rocky and Adrienne have a son on Rocky 2 and it inspires Rocky to win his upcoming bout with the "King of Sting".
Rocky and Adrienne have a son on Rocky 2 and it inspires Rocky to win his upcoming bout with the "King of Sting". | Source

Does Rocky 2 Make The Grade

Plot: The film is about a poor club fighter who gets a luck chance at the heavyweight title. The movie shows Rocky's hardships from the beginning and the price he is willing to pay to make it to the top. Grade: A.

Acting: Sly Stallone, Carl Weathers and Talia Shire do a good job in their roles. Rocky is the club fighter and Adrienne (Talia Shire) becomes his wife in the sequel. Apollo (Carl Weathers) plays the big mouthed, athletic boxing champion and Rocky's nemesis. Grade: B

Music: Just like in part one, Bill Conti made the musical score for this movie and it is compose of eight different songs. It has several motivational and working out type of songs like all the movies in the franchise do. Grade: A-

Fight Scene: The fight scene between Apollo and Rocky was even better than the first. The majority of the punches looked real. The only complaint is that it lacked realism as it relates to pro boxing. No holding calls, no low blow calls and no knock downs were called even when Rocky stumbled all over the place. Grade: B-

Drama: The upcoming boxing match drama builds to a crescendo but the real drama of the movie centers around Adrienne. She has the baby but then falls into a coma. Will she come out of her current state? Grade: A

The Stars of Rocky 2

Sly Stallone
Carl Weathers
Burt Young
Burgess Merideth
Talia Shire
Tony Burton
 
 
 
 
 
 
The six main characters in the film are familiar faces in the Rocky franchise.

Cast and Crew

Actors:

Sly Stallone as Rocky (Grade: B+)

Talia Shire as Adrienne (Grade: B)

Carl Weathers as Apollo (Grade: A)

Burt Young as Paulie (Grade: A+)


Director: Stallone wrote and directed all the Rocky movies. Honestly, the writing and story line in general is great and the directing is top notch as well in Rocky 2. Grade: A-

Producer: Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff produced the film and did a wonderful job which they always do. Grade: A

Music: The music by Bill Conti was inspiring and the music fit the movie scenes perfectly. Grade: A


Rocky and The Chicken

The Italian Stallion needed speed to compete with Creed so he needed to learn to catch a chicken and eventually he caught the bird.
The Italian Stallion needed speed to compete with Creed so he needed to learn to catch a chicken and eventually he caught the bird. | Source

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My Take on All Six Rocky Films

Rocky-The best of the Rocky films and it won an Oscar. Rocky lost a close bout to Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed. Grade: A+

Rocky 2-Continues where the first left off and it's the second best in the series. Rocky gets a second chance and makes good by knocking Apollo Creed out in the final round. Grade: A+

Rocky 3-Rocky's trainer and father figure Mickey passes away and Rocky has to fight the devastating puncher Clubber Lang (Mr. T). Rocky wins by knockout. Grade: C+

Rocky 4-Apollo is killed in the ring by the Russian boxer named Ivan Drago and Rocky goes to fight him in Russia for revenge. Rocky wins the match by knockout. Grade: A-

Rocky 5-Rocky is retired and begins to train Tommy Gunn to box but eventually Rocky has to fight Tommy in the street with his bare fists. Grade: C-

Rocky Balboa-Adrienne has passed away and Rocky makes a comeback to fight the current Heavyweight Champ played by Antonio Tarver (Light Heavyweight Champion Boxer). Rocky loses the fight but earns respect. Grade: B-

Rocky 2 Film Clips

Rocky Merchandise


The Rocky Franchise, which was written and directed by Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) has become a household name and it's popularity has produced toy action figures, clothes, games, cartoons and a comic book based on the films.


Rocky toy action figures, clothing, posters, boxing gear, and other trinkets have been made based on the Rocky series. Also, a cartoon and comic strip was made for a short time based on the franchise. Rocky is famous also in other countries and Sly Stallone was even inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame based on his Rocky character. Rocky will always be a mainstream Hollywood film that never gets old.

Rocky 2 Training Montage

Rocky 2 Movie Trailer

Location of Rocky 2 (Philadelphia, Pa)

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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