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5.0 out of 5 stars Stallone's Signature Performance
Although the original was a major hit, and won the Oscar for Best Picture, I have always felt that THIS is the one that caused the public to fall in love with the character. It was undeniably the one that cemented Stallone's status as a major motion picture star, and even as a writer and director.

In parts 3 and 4, he placed more emphasis upon the character's...
Published on December 19, 2012 by G. Garner

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Superfight II" Delivers a Wallop
Though a step down from the 1976 Oscar winner, "Rocky II" fares better than most Hollywood sequels. Calling the directorial shots, Sylvester Stallone gets a bit carried away with montages and could have used some judicious editing (the Adrian hospital vigil goes on forever). However, the Rocky-Apollo rematch is a genuine crowd-pleaser - excitingly filmed and more brutal...
Published on October 14, 2008 by Scott T. Rivers


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5.0 out of 5 stars Stallone's Signature Performance, December 19, 2012
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Although the original was a major hit, and won the Oscar for Best Picture, I have always felt that THIS is the one that caused the public to fall in love with the character. It was undeniably the one that cemented Stallone's status as a major motion picture star, and even as a writer and director.

In parts 3 and 4, he placed more emphasis upon the character's athletic prowess and courage. Later, with parts 5 and 6, he endeavored to bring Rocky back down to Earth a bit, with more pedestrian outings, emphasizing the character's humanity.

But it was with Rocky 2 that Stallone got it absolutely right.

I honestly don't believe that there has ever been a depiction of a cinematic hero quite like this one. He embodies characteristics that are often overlooked, both in the world of fiction as well as non-fiction. Balboa is honest, and good-hearted, sometimes to a fault. As both writer and actor, Stallone imbues the character with a simple grace and dignity that I find immensely appealing.

What I mean by that is.......his is not the humility that we so often see in real-life athletes. You know the sort........the kind of guy who will spend 30 minutes regaling you with a speech about how humble he is. The way I see it, if you spend lots of time bragging about how humble you are, well, then, chances are you are not really all that humble.(are you listening, Evander Holyfield?)

If you believe that you cannot craft a film around a noble protagonist, that everything must be drenched in moral ambiguity........well, you won't get much out of this. He is, at his core, a kind man. A nice man. And his virtues are presented unapologetically.

But, then again, if being sweet, in and of itself, made you a great hero, Mr. Rogers would have his own movie series.

Rocky Balboa is like IRON. And this film offers a sense of that.......a sense that is more vivid than perhaps any other film in the series(other than Rocky 4).The training sequence is my personal favorite of all the Rocky films, again with the possible exception of the fourth one. If you prefer finesse, you may like the training montage from part 3 better. But if you like brute power, this is the one for you.

Hammering away at scrap iron with a sledge hammer. Pressing heavy barbells over his head, again and again. Brutal one-armed pushups. Terrific work with the speed and heavy bags. Duck-walking with a heavy log on his back. Even one-armed CHINUPS!!! Tons and tons of situps.......performed while a young training assistant slaps his abs.

And the climactic fight? Apollo's natural athleticism, superior skill, and flamboyant personality......... against Rocky's brute power, granite-like durability, and iron will. It is incredible. They manage to create an entertaining fight, while still maintaining the balance of power from the original. More than ever, this fight makes clear that Apollo is the superior boxer, from a technical standpoint. This notion is emphasized even further by the fact that Rocky has switched to a new, right-handed approach, which he has yet to master, making him even more awkward than usual.

Like the first fight-but more so-this is an epic contest, and is ultimately decided by the thinnest of margins.

So........what else does this film have going for it? Well, I have mentioned Stallone, but the rest of the cast is ideal, as well. Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith........each is perfect in their respective role.

This is the warmest film in the series, with a beautiful wedding night consummation between Rocky and Adrian, as well as the birth of their son.It is also probably the funniest, as well. That moment, right before the big fight, when Apollo barks out, 'you're going down!!'........and Rocky simply nods and smiles wearily.......that is so priceless, because by that time, Apollo has been saying the same thing virtually the entire movie, and it's as if Rocky is echoing the sentiments of the audience........it's like, 'okay, i get the point!!'

If I were going to introduce somebody to the Rocky character, and had to recommend one film, it would be Rocky 2. In many respects, I believe that it remains the pinnacle of Stallone's career. He wrote it, directed it, and carried the weight of playing the crucial role in the movie.

I never get tired of this one. There is a sort of magic about it. Rocky is a character who manages to be eloquent........WITHOUT ever being eloquent in the literal sense. His is the eloquence of sincerity. In that scene, where he is telling his wife how badly he wants money, for the sake of his wife and their impending child, so that he can take care of them properly.........he uses the simplest of language, but it is so HEARTFELT. So utterly without pretense. You can just FEEL how much he loves them, and how anguished he is at his failure to provide for them.

There are only so many actors who can convey such brute masculinity, and simultaneously such rich humanity. Stallone is an original, and Rocky 2 may have been his very finest hour.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rematch Of The Century, November 17, 1999
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This review is from: Rocky II (DVD)
This movie had just as much heart as the original. It was just as realistic, just as heartset, and just as expected. A true hero, Rocky follows his true calling, and defends his honor as initiative for this fight, as opposed to winning the title. The film was incredibly emotional through Rocky's eyes, because we see him try to support his family other ways, try to be a good worker, but he knows that his true calling belongs in the ring. The result is what I think to be the most realistic, greatest fight of the series.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done sequel delivers the goods, November 3, 2006
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This review is from: Rocky II (DVD)
"Rocky II" is a worthy sequel, more in line with the subtlety and realistic drama of the first film than the super-heroics of the later sequels (which nevertheless were fun in their own way). Here are a few things I liked about the movie (beware spoilers):

Character-based consequences and outcomes lent credibility to the proceedings. Character and heart helped Rocky "go the distance" in the first film, and kept him on his feet here, too. But, in an intelligent move on the part of the filmmakers, it's made clear that Apollo is still the superior, more skillful fighter and would have won again this time. Apollo's downfall here is that he ignores his trainer's advice to just stay out of Rocky's way in the later rounds and win again on a decision. But, no, Apollo's temper and ego make him get in close and try to go for a knock-out, which of course gives Rocky the opportunity to try for the same thing.

I liked how the movie wasn't afraid to be low key and maybe even a little boring in the earlier going, as we see Rocky struggle with finding employment and living a quiet domestic life following the big fight at the end of the first film. As both the audience and Rocky's wife Adrian eventually comes to realize, however, maybe a quiet, normal life isn't for everyone.

While Apollo plays to the cameras and resorts to some unsavory publicity tricks to lure Rocky back into the ring, he's never reduced to the role of a one-note villain. You can understand why he's frustrated and wants closure after the unfinished business of the first fight. All along, though, an unspoken rapport with Rocky, a level of respect for him, is evident. Apollo's alliance with Rocky in the broader but still very entertaining "Rocky III" is therefore pretty believable, as the groundwork is laid here.

Like the first film, this one has lots of great little moments: Rocky's wince-inducing attempts to film the aftershave commercial, learning to be quick by chasing the chicken around the yard, and his stopping for a quick blessing at the church right before his rematch with Apollo. But the movie knows when a big moment is the thing that's called for, too: witness the great training session with all the kids following Rocky up the Art Museum steps and the numerous great moments during the big fight, for example.

Like the first film, and the Rocky character himself, "Rocky II" has plenty of heart, resulting is a sequel that's worth your time. Pop this into your DVD player (after watching the first film, of course) and sit back and enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Round "II", May 18, 2005
This review is from: Rocky II (DVD)
"There's one more thing I want you do for me."

"Yeah? What?"

"Win. Win!"

"What are we waitin' for!" - Adrian gives Rocky her seal of approval to go the distance, again in "Rocky II"

"Rocky II" is one of those rarities of a sequel - it expands the world of & depth of characters created & introduced in the preceding film, instead of being a rehash of the first film. "II" is crowd pleasing hit, that will have you cheering for Rocky right to the final bell.

Picking up seconds after the first film, "Rocky II" has "The Italian Stallion" whisked to the hospital for eye surgery sustained from the fight with Apollo Creed. Creed is also there & automatically wants a rematch. But, with a few broken ribs & bruisies that he recieved, special delivery, from Rocky he ain't going nowhere. In the early morning hours following the fight Rocky, in a wheelchair, wheels himself to Apollo's room & asks one simple question. Did he get Apollo's best? Apollo replies with a distant yes.

Over the next few weeks, Rocky's life changes. He asks Adrian to marry him & she accepts. He spends his winnings on a new house. Adrian announces she's pregnant. But, the one thing that Rocky can't get is a decent job. Agreeing with Adrian to stop boxing, he tries everything.

Things change, when Apollo Creed starts hounding The Rock to the breaking point. Rocky agrees to a rematch, against the wishes of Adrian. With Adrian not happy with her husband's decision she decides to help out financially & work at the pet store she worked at in the first film. With a lot of stress & Adrian not wanting him to fight, Rocky's heart isn't into training. Tragedy strikes when Adrian goes into premature labor. The baby makes the delivery (Robert "Rocky" Balboa Jr.) but, Adrian slips into a coma. Now Rocky has to make a choice - sit by his wife & hopes she wakes up or train for the fight of his life. When Adrian does come to, the choice is made for him.

"Rocky II" is one of the better films in the saga. Stallone's direction is character driven. There are quite a few memorable scenes including the films opening, Rocky & Adrian's wedding & why Rocky never uses condominiums, Mickey's confession to Rocky in church, & the usual training montage & fight at the end of the film.

As for the DVD it can't make it through the first round. "Rocky II" is presented in the widescreen format on side 1 (this is the first time its presented in this format on video) with the full screen option on side 2. Audio is Dolby Digital surround (not 5.1) with a trailer for a special feature. The rerelease is in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1, & zero for special features.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Yo Adrian...I did it !", December 31, 2004
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This review is from: Rocky II (DVD)
Rocky II is the best in the Rocky movie sequels.

Released 3 years after the Oscar winning original Rocky, the movie takes place right after the exciting fight between our hero, Rocky, and the champion of the world Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers.

The difference between Rocky in the first and Rocky here is that now Rocky has become famous for going the distance against the champ, recieves a nice chunk of cash for the fight which he spends on a new house and unnecessary clothes and items, and is getting offers to appear in commercials, which he does. However, the fact that he cannot read results in the rejection from the director of the advertisements, rejection from employers to hire him, and his failure to obtain an 'office job'. Rocky finds himself struggling to keep a job, especially after his now wife Adrian, played by Talia Shire, becomes pregnant. Rocky finally returns to work for Mickey, his trainer, in the gym where Rocky has now become 'royalty'.

In the original Rocky, Rocky had to deal with being a nobody struggling to make a voice for himself, in Rocky II, he has to deal with swallowing his pride and keeping his head up despite the lack of a decent job and a humiliating ordeal of holding the bucket for rookie boxers to spit in. In the meantime, the equally proud Apollo will not put up with his fans' harrassments and accusations that the fight against Rocky was fixed and that he has lost his edge. Apollo determines to prove to the world that Rocky going the distance with him was a matter of chance and challenges Rocky to fight him a second time. The rest is history!

Sylvester Stallone's script of Rocky II is equally powerful to that of Rocky, only the thrills are more vibrant in the original. All the actors who lit the screen in Rocky return to the sequel. Director John G. Avildsen, who earned an Oscar for his work on Rocky, does not return. It's none other than Stallone himself who directs this one. He will also go on to direct Rocky III and Rocky IV. Avildsen would return to the director's seat in Rocky V. Stallone does this movie justice.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKY II ROCKS!!, April 15, 2007
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I have seen Rocky 1 to Rocky 4. So far, this is the best Rocky film. I'm a big fan of baseball, and I watched this movie the night before a game. After watching this film, I was pumped. The sound track is amazing, and you can almost FEEL the tension, FEEL the sweat running down your face, you can feel it, which is why this will always be one of the greatest films ever. I say that, even though I don't like boxing. But after watching the Rocky films, my life has changed. It's a very deep film, not grey at all, and it beats "The Champ" by a long shot. Before you watch this film, you should watch "Rocky" first, but this is a must see, for a lot of people. It's a lot more pumping than the first Rocky though, and that's part of the reason I like t so much...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky II review., March 31, 2012
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Rocky II picks up where the first movie left off. Rocky first tells the media at the hospital he is retiring from boxing despite the champ Apollo Creed's demands he wants a rematch. Rocky then cannot find a good paying job since he does not have the skills for a high paying job. He gets a job at the brother in law meat packing factory but is laid off. His wife is expecting a son. Rocky goes to back to his trainer's gym to work as a janitor. The champ starts a negative campaign to get a rematch with Rocky. Rocky's wife does not her husband back in boxing. Then his wife falls into a coma when her brother gets into an argument with her telling his sister to give Rocky permission to fight again. After Rocky and his trainer pray for her recovery she gives birth to his son and gives her husband the blessing to fight again. Rocky trains for the fight and he steps into the ring with the champ in an epic battle for the ages. It is will be remembered for the line "Yo Adrian I did it."
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Superfight II" Delivers a Wallop, October 14, 2008
This review is from: Rocky II (DVD)
Though a step down from the 1976 Oscar winner, "Rocky II" fares better than most Hollywood sequels. Calling the directorial shots, Sylvester Stallone gets a bit carried away with montages and could have used some judicious editing (the Adrian hospital vigil goes on forever). However, the Rocky-Apollo rematch is a genuine crowd-pleaser - excitingly filmed and more brutal than the original. Burgess Meredith chews the scenery with gusto as Rocky's crusty manager. Classic dialogue: "You're a greasy fast, 200-pound Italian tank! Go through him! Run over him!"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKO!!!!, March 21, 2007
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This review is from: Rocky II (DVD)
That's right. In this action packed movie, Rocky gets involved in another rematch against Apollo Creed; the fighter he lost to in Rocky I.

This movie was much more fun for me to watch and enjoy because it had Rock-o's awesome montage, better than the last one. Bill Conti's music is something unbelieveable as he sucks you in the movie as soon as the toon shoots out of the TV's speakers.

Rocky II may be the best of all Rocky movies. I like the fight scene in this flick because it has so much more intensity in it. Towards the end, when the King of Sting (Apollo) and the Italion Stallion (Rocky)decend towards the floor and slowly try to make it back up to stand and win...forget about it! I WENT nuts saying

"Rocky, get up!"

THIS movie is great, just buy it!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SEQUEL TO THE ORIGINAL 3 1/2 STARS, April 16, 2009
This review is from: Rocky II (DVD)
I own the older box set with the first 5 Rocky films included in it. I wanted to write reviews for the individual films. This review is for the film and the older release DVD.

Interesting sequel, but it does feel as if we've been there before. Once the film get rolling you'll still be cheering the big lug on!

The DVD I own has a OK transfer, but there is room for improvement.
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