People, Oct. 16, 1978

The Italian stallion is back with his South Philly rabbit punches. In Rocky II—Redemption, our hero, played once again by Sylvester Stallone, challenges Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), the boxer who beat him in Part 1, to a rematch. Preparing to film the final fight scenes at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Sly, as his friends call him, worked out so long and hard that he had to be given oxygen and vitamin B-12 shots between takes. "Every muscle feels like it's been torn from the bone," grunted Stallone. "Yesterday I thought for the first time in my life I was gonna...

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