Rocky ii

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Rocky Balboa is a little-known boxer who was given a shot at the heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed. Having done much better than anyone expected, Creed demands a rematch, embarrassed by his inability to dominate the "amateur" Balboa.

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Also available in. Rocky Heavyweight Collection. Producers Michael S. GlickRobert ChartoffIrwin Winkler. Director Sylvester Stallone. Writers Sylvester Stallone. Reviews Review Policy. English [CC]. Eligible if purchased with select payment methods. Rentals are not eligible. Learn more. Similar Popular with similar viewers. See more. Rocky III. Boxer Rocky Balboa enjoys the wealth he has as world-champion.

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He only fights against easy opponents. Then he is challenged by the arrogant Clubber Lang. Rocky accepts the challenge to proove once more that there is only one world-champion. But Lang wins and becomes the new champion.Rocky II is a American film that is the sequel to Rockya motion picture in which an unknown boxer had been given a chance to go the distance with the World Heavyweight Champion.

Although this film was released inthe ring announcers say that it takes place ten months after Rocky 's first fight with Apollo Creedputting the Rocky II fight with Apollo in November The Ring Magazine heavyweight championship belt makes its first appearance in the series. The film opens with the ending of its predecessor, Rockywith Apollo Creed Carl Weathers successfully defending his world heavyweight title courtesy of a split decision. Both fighters are taken to the same hospital due to the extent of their injuries from the match, where Apollo challenges Rocky Sylvester Stallone to a rematch in front of press.

Rocky declines and declares his retirement, his decision supported by his girlfriend, Adrian Talia Shireand doctors, who reveal he will require surgery for a detached retina which could lead to permanent blindness. After Rocky is discharged from the hospital, he begins to enjoy the benefits of his life's changes resulting from the match: Rocky's new fame attracts him an agent who sees Rocky as a potential endorsement and sponsorship goldmine and his sudden wealth encourages him to propose to Adrian.

She happily accepts and they marry in a small ceremony. Soon after, Rocky and Adrian happily learn that Adrian is pregnant with their first child. Meanwhile, fueled by hate mail he has started to receive, Apollo becomes obsessed with the idea of a rematch which is the only way to prove his belief that Rocky's performance was simply a fluke.

Determined to rectify his boxing career's only blemish, Apollo ignores all pleas by his friends and family to move on to other potential opponents and demands his team do whatever necessary to goad Rocky out of retirement and into a rematch. Rocky at first seems unaffected by Apollo's smear campaign, but his inexperience with money causes him to run into financial problems. After largely unsuccessful attempts to find employment, Rocky visits Mickey Goldmill Burgess Meredithhis trainer, at his gym to talk about the possibility of returning to the ring.

At first, Mickey refuses, worried about Rocky's health, but changes his mind after Apollo publicly insults Rocky on television. News of the rematch quickly spreads with Adrian hearing about it through the news. She confronts Rocky about it and reminds him of the risk to his eyesight. Rocky argues he knows nothing else so this is the only way he can provide. Adrian, angry at Rocky for breaking his promise, refuses to support him. Rocky and Mickey begin training, but it soon becomes apparent Rocky is lacking motivation.

Adrian's brother, Paulie Burt Youngconfronts his sister about not supporting her husband, but she faints during the confrontation and is rushed to the hospital where she goes into labor.

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Despite being premature, the baby is healthy but Adrian falls into a coma. Rocky blames himself for what has happened and refuses to leave Adrian's bedside until she wakes up, and will not go to see his new baby until they can see it together. When Adrian comes out of her coma, she finds Rocky by her bedside and the couple are shown with their new baby, a boy, which they name after Rocky.

Adrian gives her blessing to the rematch which enables Rocky to refocus on his training and he quickly gets into shape for the fight.

The night of the fight arrives and Apollo has made a public goal of beating Rocky in no more than two rounds to prove the first fight going the full 15 rounds was a fluke.

Rocky is not able to mount much of an offensive effort through the first two rounds but manages to survive them disproving Apollo's theory that the first fight's result was a fluke. As before, the fight once again reaches the 15th round, by which point Apollo has built a lead on points that Rocky cannot possibly beat. However, Apollo's obsession with knocking Rocky out against the advice of his corner men leads him to trade blows with Rocky despite his lead.

Rocky lands a devastating blow on Apollo that knocks the champ down, but an exhausted Rocky loses his balance and falls to the canvas as well. Rocky manages to stand up before the referee counts to ten, while Apollo is counted out.Between the events of Rocky V and Rocky BalboaAdrian passed away on January 11,at the age of 51, from ovarian cancerleaving her husband a widower.

She was raised by her older brother, Paulie Penninowho often abused her, because of alcoholism. Adrian, worked at neighborhood pet store in South Philadelphia, which Rocky, who lived nearby, would visit from time to time to buy food and pet supplies for his turtles.

When Rocky told Paulie that he intended to go out on a date with the shy, bookish, and bespectacled Adrian, the overprotective Paulie in turn yelled at Adrian, who had been on very few dates beforehand, and had fearful apprehensions, to go out on the date with Rocky. When Adrian finally accepted Rocky's invitation, Rocky took her to the ice rink. When Rocky took Adrian to his house and kissed her for the first time, the two became a couple. When Rocky started training for the match against Apollo CreedAdrian gave Butkus to accompany him while he was training.

When the fight came along, Adrian watches, and when the fight finishes, Rocky calls out to her, and the two declare there love. Shortly after their marriage, Rocky started to lavish gifts upon his bride from the money he made from the fight with Apollo Creed.

When Paulie visited Adrian at the hospital upon her giving birth to Rocky, Jr.

Adrian had slipped into a coma and the baby was born one month premature but perfectly healthy. Rocky stood by Adrian's bed until she woke up from the coma. Adrian then told Rocky to "Win! Adrian was watching the fight on the television and saw Rocky prevail against Apollo. Adrian had became a source of stability for Rocky during their marriage. Despite her unhappiness with Rocky's boxing career, she convinced him to find the strength to continue his training for his rematch against Clubber Lang.

When Rocky wanted to fight Ivan DragoAdrian didn't support his decision at first, but decided to visit him in Russia, saying that she would be with him no matter what.

After the fight with Drago, Rocky was diagnosed with irreversible brain damage, and the Balboa fortune was stolen by their lawyer due to Paulie's inadvertently signing a Power of Attorney. Adrian told Rocky that she would stand by him, money or not. In autumn ofAdrian learned that she was dying from ovarian cancer. And after a few months, Adrian Balboa passed peacefully away on January 11, in her sleep, due to her diagnosis with cancer.By Joe Leydon.

Even after the baton has been passed, and a new hero has laid just claim to our allegiance, the uniquely enduring Rocky legend continues. Here are all the films in the franchise ranked from worst to best. Unfortunately, while adhering too closely to his own blueprint for a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, Stallone taking over as director from Oscar-winner John G. Avildsen offers little more than a smudged carbon of its immediate predecessor. So how does this movie provide the inevitable catharsis of a Rocky Triumphant Smackdown?

Will success spoil Rocky Balboa? All it takes, however, is a serious beatdown from ravenously hungry up-and-comer Clubber Lang the ferociously fool-pitying Mr.

Near the tail end of the Cold War, writer-director Stallone heated things up by initially offering an exhibition bout between grandstanding U. Jordan, again drop-dead perfectthe heavyweight champ son of Apollo Creed, takes on the brutish Viktor Drago Florian Munteanuson of the Russian fighter who literally beat his dad to death.

And, truth to tell, such an offbeat addendum to the original quintet might have been entertaining on its own merits.

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Once again, Rocky recognizes, and fully appreciates, what an achievement it can be simply to go the distance. But Stallone who netted a richly deserved Oscar nomination for his performance here is an invaluable supporting player, portraying Rocky as a streetwise grey eminence who gives to Adonis what, decades earlier, Mickey Goldmill, gave him: Blunt-spoken encouragement to take a million-to-one shot.

Forget about the rip-offs and put-ons — and, yes, some of the lesser sequels — that it inspired.

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And never mind that its underdog-against-the-odds plot was whiskery even when the movie premiered in In a post-Watergate era of cynicism and disillusionment, Stallone and director John G. Avildsen found a way to uplift and exhilarate audiences by offering a feel-good fantasy in the credible guise of a street-smart, kitchen-sink drama.

But would it — could it — score anything like the same impact? Home Film News. Nov 21, pm PT. Joe Leydon Film Critic joeleydon. See All. Barry Wetcher. John Bramley. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Popular on Variety. More From Our Brands. Expand the sub menu Film.

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Even though Gazzo gets irritated whenever Rocky does not directly obey his orders, such as breaking the thumbs of people who are unable to pay him, he still has respect and patience for Rocky, even giving him money for a date with Adrian and later for his training for Rocky's first fight with Apollo. In the second film, Gazzo attends Rocky and Adrian's wedding.

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He unsuccessfully tries to persuade Rocky to come back to work for him multiple times. Gazzo is last seen in attendance to support Rocky in his rematch with Apollo. George "Miles" Jergens is a successful boxing promoter who oversees Apollo Creed's fights.

After Apollo proposes to fight a local contender for his United States Bicentennial match, Jergens invites Rocky to his office to secure a deal for the main event. He only appears in the first movie. George "Miles" Jergens is portrayed by Thayer David.

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Both men fight in the match that is heavily booed by the spectators due to their lack of sportsmanship. Rico headbutts Rocky, who responds by knocking Rico out with a flurry of punches and a ground-and-pound. In the locker room, Spider comments that Rocky "really got lucky". Rico wasn't a very good boxer, as shown when Rocky's trainer and manager refers to him as a bum. He resurfaces in Rocky Balboawhere he hangs out at Rocky's restaurant Adrian's.

By this time, he and Rocky are friends and Rocky lets him eat for free. However, Spider decides to wash dishes in exchange for it, telling Rocky that God wants him to work. Spider is now a Catholic Priest, reading Bible scriptures during his free time and giving a prayer to Rocky before his fight with Mason "The Line" Dixon. In a deleted scene from Creed II, it's revealed that he has died as Rocky attends his funeral.

Robert Balboa Jr. In Rocky IIhe is born one month premature after Adrian experiences a sudden labor while arguing with Paulie. In Rocky VRobert is a year-old student in the honor roll, but when the Balboa family relocates to South Philadelphia due to bankruptcy, he has difficulty adjusting to the rough neighborhood.

On his first day in school, he is attacked by two bullies who steal his jacket, but he befriends a girl named Jewel.

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