Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed are rushed to the nearest hospital in Philadelphia after their brutal fight on Independence Day. Furious and threatened, Apollo challenges Rocky to a rematch, despite Rocky’s final decision to retire from the sport of boxing. Finally released from the hospital following repeated treatments, Rocky marries Adrian after months of dating. Determined to get Rocky back in the ring, Apollo uses coward techniques such as “Apollo Creed vs. The Italian Chicken” and “The outcome of the last fight was pure luck.” Receiveing massive amounts of pressure from his fellow Philadelphia citizens, Rocky and Mick go for the second fight against Apollo for the title shot. During their training, Adrian becomes pregnant and slips into a coma upon having the baby. Staying by her side every day and night, Rocky’s training is interrupted. Finally coming to, Adrian encourages Rocky to give it all he got and to win. Training heavily for months, Rocky is finally ready to take on Apollo. This time, Rocky will win and will become the new Heavy Weight Champion of the World. —IMDb
An icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism, Sylvester Stallone is responsible for creating two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the no-name boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, the courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge. Both characters are reflections of Stallone’s personal experiences and the battles he waged during his transition from a poor kid in Hell’s Kitchen to one of the world’s most popular stars.
According to Stallone, his was not a happy childhood. On July 6, 1946, in the aforementioned part of Manhattan, Sylvester Enzio Stallone was born to a chorine and an Italian immigrant. A forceps accident during his birth severed a facial nerve, leaving Stallone with parts of his lip, tongue, and chin paralyzed. In doing so, the accident imprinted Stallone with some of the most recognizable components of his persona: the distinctively slurred (and some say often nearly… read more
There's some shots that are real pretty, some scenes that are real powerful, and the climactic thirty minutes or so are pretty great. But the thing as a whole doesn't have the power of the first film. It's a little disjointed. Editing sometimes off. Movie though still very good. It's a legit, intelligent continuation of the first film's story.
Actually not bad. The fight at the end is certainly better directed then the first film, much more intensity, speed and creativity. Also the ending is truly cathartic, unlike the first with it's rather shoddy execution. A decent film where faith and family intertwine with manhood, pride and guts. Gotta love the fully intentional "City Lights" homage in that last round...