Film / Rocky II

Apollo: There ain't gonna be no rematch.
Rocky: I don't want one.

The one where Rocky gets a rematch.

Rocky II is a 1979 American film written and directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, that is the sequel to Rocky.

Apollo Creed isn't happy about leaving the ring with a guy like Rocky going toe-to-toe with him, and he demands a rematch to prove his superiority. Rocky declines, however, as he already felt he accomplished what he set out to do with the first fight. Much of the film deals with both the benefits and drawbacks to the fight — Rocky is unable to manage his newfound fame and loses most of the money he earned from opportunities afterwards, and Apollo's career is in turmoil from backlash against his win against the underdog. Ultimately, both men need the fight for personal and practical reasons, and they eventually schedule a rematch. Another subplot shows Rocky marrying Adrian and the troubled birth of their son. This film also contains the famous scene in which Rocky, repeating his iconic run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is followed by a growing crowd of fans and onlookers (a scene that in real life took 800 extras). Unlike the first film, Rocky defeats Apollo this time.

The film is followed by Rocky III, released on 1982.

This film has the examples of:

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Mickey slaps Rocky in the face to prove that he can't defend himself from that side due to his bad eye. Then he says if a "broken-down bum" like him could do that, what does Rocky think Apollo's gonna do?
  • Break Up to Make Up: Rocky is strongly discouraged from fighting again by Adrian, especially once she becomes pregnant. One coma later, and Adrian is now his biggest supporter. What did they put in those meds?
  • Comically Missing the Point: Rocky and Gazo are in church and Gazo is advising him to invest in condominiums. Rocky thinks Gazo's talking about condoms and is mortified that Gazo's having this conversation with him in church.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Subverted: Despite having only three minutes to go and Apollo about to retain his title, Rocky refuses to switch up his moves. "No tricks." Rocky then ignores his own rule when he finishes the fight with a string of huge lefts to knock out Apollo.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Played straight and subverted. Rocky is right-handed, but he fights left-handed by preference. The 'secret weapon' he spends a lot of time practicing is learning to fight right-handed until the last round, when he switches back and upsets Apollo's rhythm enough to win the fight.
  • Insistent Terminology: Apollo won the fight by getting the decision, but he didn't beat Rocky. And that's what's eating at him.
  • Reality Ensues: After the beating they gave each other in the first film, Rocky and Apollo need to be hospitalized fast, and Rocky still gets a Career-Ending Injury. Also, Rocky has no experience being famous and can't manage effectively his newfound fame.
  • Throwing the Fight: A lot of the hate mail Apollo gets believes the fight was fixed to ensure Apollo would get the decision no matter what, or that it was staged for drama and Apollo could have KO'd Rocky at any time.