Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.


Sylvester Stallone
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire ... Adrian
Burt Young ... Paulie
Carl Weathers ... Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith ... Mickey
Tony Burton ... Apollo's Trainer
Joe Spinell ... Gazzo
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... Agent
Sylvia Meals Sylvia Meals ... Mary Anne Creed
Frank McRae ... Meat Foreman
Al Silvani ... Cutman
John Pleshette ... Director
Stu Nahan ... Announcer
Bill Baldwin ... Commentator
Jerry Ziesmer ... Salesman


Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? Written by Film_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This time he's fighting not for glory, not for money, but for love...Once again, the Italian Stallion proves he's got what it takes. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


Analysis by Philadelphia locals tracked the route Rocky took through the city during his training run when all the children ended up running with him. If he took this actual route from his South Philly house to the top of the Art Museum steps he would've run approximately 30.2 miles in one day - 4 miles more than a marathon. See more »


When the priest is marrying Rocky and Adrian, he says Adrian's last name like "Pennino". But according to the name listings at the press conference in [Rocky Balboa] (based on what we see on Paulie's card), the name is actually Panina. See more »


[Rocky and Mickey are watching the film of the first fight]
Mickey: Left handed fighters, they're the worst. They lead with their face mostly, trying to throw that big left. Right's no damn good. They ought to outlaw southpaws.
Rocky Balboa: Why didn't you tell me this before?
Mickey: I didn't wanna hurt your feelings.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits featured a caricature of Rocky hugging Mickey from the last scene of the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some printings in the US slow down the film's audio pitch and speed at 4%. See more »


Referenced in Coogan's Run: Thursday Night Fever (1995) See more »


Gonna Fly Now
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
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User Reviews

Rocky 2 is a winner
24 January 2014 | by veryape-887-913905See all my reviews

It's the rematch of the century as Rocky Balboa takes on Apollo Creed in this powerful follow up to one of the most acclaimed movies in film history. Writer/Director/Actor Sylvester Stallone succeeds in creating a feel good movie. After club fighter Rocky Balboa goes the distance with heavyweight champion of the world boxing fans clamour for a rematch. But Rocky who sustained massive injuries in his bout with the champ announces his retirement. Though he tries to make a new life for himself, Rocky realizes that he can't resist his true calling. The ring beckons once more for the "Italian Stallion" and he must prepare once more for the fight of his life.

This film starred Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers & Burgess Meredith

In my opinion this was not as good as the first film but it is still a really good movie and like I said in my summary Rocky 2 is a winner

****/***** very good

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Release Date:

15 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky II See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,390,537, 17 June 1979

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1.37 : 1
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