Rocky II (1979)
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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). When Rocky is offered lucrative product endorsement opportunities, his limited
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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.
Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone.
Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments.
...can't help but come off as the most needless installment of the bunch...
"Rocky II" represents far more than just a good-looking fight. It's all about trusting in yourself and overcoming fear in striving for greatness.
Rocky II is carried on the strong shoulders of Sylvester Stallone who puts in a stellar performance as a loving husband and a good friend.
- 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!
- 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.
- Rocky Balboa: I never asked you to stop being a woman, so please don't ask me to stop being a man.
- Rocky Balboa: I feel like a Kentucky fried idiot.
- Apollo Creed: Man, I won! But I didn't beat him!
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