Rocky II


1h 59m 1979
Rocky II

Brief Synopsis

A heavyweight contender defies his doctors to enter a rematch with the champ.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Sports
Sequel
Release Date
1979
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m
Sound
Dolby
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Philly's favorite son, Rocky Balboa, finds new fame and riches and challenges champion Apollo Creed to a rematch.

Crew

Ross Albert

Assistant Editor

Stanford C Allen

Editor

Ed Baer

Set Decorator

Thomas Baronson

Costumes

Dale Benson

Location Manager

Richard Berger

Art Director

Garrett Brown

Steadicam Operator

Jim Brown

Camera Operator

James D. Brubaker

Production Coordinator

Wilmer Butler

Director Of Photography

Robert Chartoff

Producer

Arthur Chobanian

Associate Producer

Elie Cohn

Assistant Director

Charles Coles

Song

James R Connell

Camera Operator

Bill Conti

Music

Allison Craine

Technical Advisor

Gordon Davidson

Sound Effects Editor

Bill Dietz

Props

Rebecca Einfeld

Sound Effects Editor

Doug Flor

Song

Ira Galen

Assistant Director

Gary S. Gerlich

Sound Effects Editor

Gregory M Gerlich

Assistant Editor

Jerelyn Golding

Assistant Editor

Danford B. Greene

Executive Editor

Robert Greene

Photography

Janice Hampton

Editor

George Hill

Key Grip

Bruce Hoffman

Photography

Christopher Holmes

Editor

Sandra Berke Jordan

Costumes

Rick Kline

Sound

Patrice Klinger

Production Assistant

Robert Kondyra

Song

Jimmy Ling

Sound Effects Editor

Christine Loss

Photography

Victoria Martin

Sound Effects Editor

Bob Minkler

Sound

Donald O Mitchell

Sound

James D. Mitchell

Editor

Jim Nickerson

Stunt Coordinator

Janice Parker

Assistant Editor

Robert Arnold Reich

Sound Effects Editor

Jean Burt Reilly

Hair

Nancy Sales

Assistant Editor

William Sawyer

Sound Effects Editor

Ellen Shire

Location Coordinator

Al Silvani

Technical Advisor

Frank Stallone

Song

Sylvester Stallone

Choreographer

Sylvester Stallone

Screenplay

James R Symons

Editor

Joy Todd

Casting

Frank Warner

Sound Effects Editor

Jan Wesley

Assistant Editor

Michael Westmore

Makeup

Charles Wilborn

Sound

Irwin Winkler

Producer

Marshall Wolins

Script Supervisor

Tom Wright

Consultant

James Zazzarino

Song

Jerry Zeismer

Assistant Director

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Sports
Sequel
Release Date
1979
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m
Sound
Dolby
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Articles

Rocky II


After the phenomenal success of Rocky (1976), the film that catapulted Sylvester Stallone from Hollywood bit player to major star virtually overnight, it seemed only natural that the boxing-underdog story should have a sequel. Considering the winning formula of the first picture - enjoyed by about 265 million viewers (including its television broadcast) and earning Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director and Editing - it was perhaps also natural that the follow-up be almost a remake of the original.

Rocky II begins where its predecessor ended, in the 15th round of the unknown Philadelphia boxer's fight against Champion Apollo Creed. Having gone the distance with the world's greatest boxer and proven himself more than just a publicity stunt buffoon, Rocky is carried off to the hospital where he's warned that another fight could result in blindness. Marrying his introverted sweetheart Adrian, he settles into the uncertain life of an instant celebrity with neither the brains nor experience to handle his new wealth and 15 minutes of fame. A total bust at any kind of work (including a failed stint as a TV commercial spokesperson), running low on cash after a wild spending spree and with a new baby on the way, Rocky is forced to take a backbreaking job in a meat-packing plant - virtually back to square one in his life and, dramatically speaking, re-set for the fairy-tale transformation that was the high point of the first picture. Taunted by Creed into a rematch, Rocky decides to return to the ring. Cue the cantankerous manager/trainer, the rousing Bill Conti music, the triumphant run through the streets of Philadelphia and up the iconic steps of the city's art museum (accompanied this time by a crowd of cheering kids), and, of course, the climactic fight, as expertly filmed and edited as the original.

It all worked the first time around and Stallone didn't miss a trick in making it work again. In fact, at 119 minutes, it was exactly the same length as the earlier film. The picture was one of the top moneymakers of its year, and some critics said it was better than the original.

Having cut his directorial teeth with Paradise Alley (1978), Stallone decided not only to script and play the lead again but to take on the directing chores. Although at the time of Rocky II's production Stallone said he saw the movie as the middle part of a trilogy, the popular palooka hero would eventually appear in five pictures, all of them written by their star, who also directed all but the first and last of the series. Producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, as well as co-stars Burt Young and Talia Shire (Francis Ford Coppola's sister and mother of Jason Schwartzman, star of Rushmore, 1998), returned for all five, and Carl Weathers appeared in all but the final entry, Rocky V (1990).

During filming, Stallone tore a pectoralis major muscle, preventing him from throwing anything but a short uppercut. Some shots of the extended boxing match sequence then had to be shot very closely to cover the limitation. Fortunately, the script called for Rocky to change up into a left-handed attack, otherwise the sequence could not have been completed.

The movie failed to garner any of the ten Oscar® nominations given its predecessor, but as a measure of Rocky's enduring popularity, this sequel received both the American Movie Award and the People's Choice Award.

Producer: Robert Chartoff, Arthur Chobanian, Irwin Winkler
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone
Cinematography: Bill Butler
Film Editing: Stanford C. Allen, Janice Hampton
Art Direction: Richard Berger
Music: Bill Conti, Frank Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa), Talia Shire (Adrian), Burt Young (Paulie), Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed), Burgess Meredith (Mickey), Tony Burton (Apollo's Trainer).
C-119m. Letterboxed.

by Rob Nixon
Rocky Ii

Rocky II

After the phenomenal success of Rocky (1976), the film that catapulted Sylvester Stallone from Hollywood bit player to major star virtually overnight, it seemed only natural that the boxing-underdog story should have a sequel. Considering the winning formula of the first picture - enjoyed by about 265 million viewers (including its television broadcast) and earning Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director and Editing - it was perhaps also natural that the follow-up be almost a remake of the original. Rocky II begins where its predecessor ended, in the 15th round of the unknown Philadelphia boxer's fight against Champion Apollo Creed. Having gone the distance with the world's greatest boxer and proven himself more than just a publicity stunt buffoon, Rocky is carried off to the hospital where he's warned that another fight could result in blindness. Marrying his introverted sweetheart Adrian, he settles into the uncertain life of an instant celebrity with neither the brains nor experience to handle his new wealth and 15 minutes of fame. A total bust at any kind of work (including a failed stint as a TV commercial spokesperson), running low on cash after a wild spending spree and with a new baby on the way, Rocky is forced to take a backbreaking job in a meat-packing plant - virtually back to square one in his life and, dramatically speaking, re-set for the fairy-tale transformation that was the high point of the first picture. Taunted by Creed into a rematch, Rocky decides to return to the ring. Cue the cantankerous manager/trainer, the rousing Bill Conti music, the triumphant run through the streets of Philadelphia and up the iconic steps of the city's art museum (accompanied this time by a crowd of cheering kids), and, of course, the climactic fight, as expertly filmed and edited as the original. It all worked the first time around and Stallone didn't miss a trick in making it work again. In fact, at 119 minutes, it was exactly the same length as the earlier film. The picture was one of the top moneymakers of its year, and some critics said it was better than the original. Having cut his directorial teeth with Paradise Alley (1978), Stallone decided not only to script and play the lead again but to take on the directing chores. Although at the time of Rocky II's production Stallone said he saw the movie as the middle part of a trilogy, the popular palooka hero would eventually appear in five pictures, all of them written by their star, who also directed all but the first and last of the series. Producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, as well as co-stars Burt Young and Talia Shire (Francis Ford Coppola's sister and mother of Jason Schwartzman, star of Rushmore, 1998), returned for all five, and Carl Weathers appeared in all but the final entry, Rocky V (1990). During filming, Stallone tore a pectoralis major muscle, preventing him from throwing anything but a short uppercut. Some shots of the extended boxing match sequence then had to be shot very closely to cover the limitation. Fortunately, the script called for Rocky to change up into a left-handed attack, otherwise the sequence could not have been completed. The movie failed to garner any of the ten Oscar® nominations given its predecessor, but as a measure of Rocky's enduring popularity, this sequel received both the American Movie Award and the People's Choice Award. Producer: Robert Chartoff, Arthur Chobanian, Irwin Winkler Director: Sylvester Stallone Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone Cinematography: Bill Butler Film Editing: Stanford C. Allen, Janice Hampton Art Direction: Richard Berger Music: Bill Conti, Frank Stallone Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa), Talia Shire (Adrian), Burt Young (Paulie), Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed), Burgess Meredith (Mickey), Tony Burton (Apollo's Trainer). C-119m. Letterboxed. by Rob Nixon

Quotes

Do you have a criminal record?
- Interviewer
Nothin' worth braggin' about.
- Rocky Balboa
It's Apollo.
- Rocky Balboa
Who were you expecting?
- Mickey
I was hoping he wouldn't show
- Rocky Balboa
How's about investing in condominiums? It's safe.
- Gazo
Condominiums?
- Rocky Balboa
Yeah, condominiums.
- Gazo
I never use 'em.
- Rocky Balboa
He's all wrong for us, baby. I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man kept coming after you. Now we don't need no man like that in our lives.
- Duke
I feel like a Kentucky Fried idiot.
- Rocky Balboa

Trivia

During the commercial filming scene, the clapperboard reads "Director: John Pleshette", the real name of the actor playing the director.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States June 1979

Released in United States Summer June 15, 1979

Sequel to "Rocky" (1976) directed by John Avildsen.

Released in United States June 1979

Released in United States Summer June 15, 1979