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Rocky II

By Jeff Shannon

Beginning precisely where Rocky left off, the surprisingly effective 1979 sequel takes the saga of Rocky Balboa to its logical next step, as the palooka turned public idol and media darling returns to his "normal" life in Philadelphia with his newlywed bride Adrian (Talia Shire) and some degree of material comfort. He needs to find a job, but boxing champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is challenging Rocky to a lucrative rematch, and despite his doctor's warning against future boxing, Rocky can't resist. Defying the odds that most sequels can't live up to their originals, Rocky II doesn't pack all the punch that Rocky did, but it takes us further into the lives of its now-familiar and beloved characters, and Stallone (as director and star) gives us another rousing finale in the ring. Do you really need to know who wins?

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"Everyone should find a way to find inspiration when the going gets tough. As we get older it seems things get tougher and we get bound by responsibilities. When I'm feeling like obstacles are getting monumental in size, I grab by Rocky II dvd and put it on the scene where Adrian's fingers start to move as she's coming out of her coma. She tells Rock that she wants him to do something for her. He asks what? She says "WIN!". That's all he needed to get it done.

And that's all I need to see to get back up and come out fighting.

Thanks Sly, for giving me what I needed."


"I believe that the strongest resistance to Rocky Balboa (Rambo and other Sylvester Stalone's movies as well as Sylvester Stalone himself) came from the arrogant few in Hollywood that believe they have a birthright to success or dare to pass judgment on someone who they perceive as less than themselves. What they may not realize and probably don't understand is exactly what you have said in different words.

That is, the people determine who is worthy and who will succeed. Sylvester Stalone succeeded not only because he fought the system and was right, but also because the masses related to him and more importantly, was great. Every person in this world who has ever faced adversity and won or lost has to respect and love Sylvester "Rocky" Stalone. I am ready for anything else that Stalone does because even if a storyline is less that great, Stalone will elevate it and, I wish to continue educating the arrogant! An analogy, if I may, is the minor league ball player who may be a "Hank Aaron, Ted Williams or a Joe DiMaggio in substance but, will never see the light of day because of the Major League's lack the capacity to elevate all of the deserving."




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Director: Sylvester Stallone

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Burt Young

Released: June 15, 1979

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