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Rocky II

Year: 1979
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Joe Spinell
Continuing the story of Rocky Balboa's (Stallone) life and times, this time directed by Stallone himself, we meet Rocky after the fight that stopped the world and - having let them convince him to give up boxing because of his eye, he finds life outside the ring a little hard (the scene of the TV commercial is high comedy) in providing for Adrian (Shire) and their newborn son.

Meanwhile, the ever media-aware Apollo Creed (Weathers) is being driven to distraction by accusations that the fight would have been won by the Italian Stallion had it kept going. Desperate to restore and fortify his reputation, he goes on TV goading Rocky in to a rematch he can't accept.

Sort of a story of both men being lost, angry and frustrated with life while unable to do what they love best, tragedy strikes when Adrian falls into a coma giving birth to the baby.

And it's with a cheer and swelling music when she awakens and gives Rocky her blessing to go up against Apollo again.

He goes through the same training montage (with little kids this time singing the signature tune as he bolts up the stairs of the museum) before the fight; great editing and supernatural boxing skill by both men ensue and it always makes you want to jump straight up and attack a punching bag, it looks so cool.

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