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When Adrian is in the coma, Rocky's facial hair is used to give a general idea of time. Just before Adrian comes out of the coma you can Rocky with almost a full beard. The shot pans over to Adrian opening her eyes. When the shot pans back to Rocky, he barely has a 5 o'clock shadow.
When Rocky and Apollo are on the canvas at the end of the fight, Adrian and Paulie are at home standing up in front of the TV yelling for Rocky to get up for the entire count. When he finally gets up, they show them jumping up out of their chairs as if they have been sitting through the count.
When Apollo is on his way to the ring, his robe is done up and a towel is wrapped tightly around his neck. The scene cuts away to a shot of the ring and then cuts back to Apollo and his robe is now undone and the towel is dangling from his neck with his chest visible. The scene cuts away again and then cuts back to Apollo and his robe is done back up and the towel wrapped tightly around his neck again. It appears that they used footage from 2 different takes, one with the robe done up and the other with the robe undone.
During the fifteenth round, Rocky lands a left hook and Apollo Creed is knocked down. Rocky falls as the result of his own punch. The referee begins to count both fighters out. The referee would only be counting Apollo Creed out because Rocky's punch knocked him to the canvas. According to the rules of boxing, Rocky should not be in danger of being counted out because he was not struck by a punch. Rocky was off balance and so the referee would rule it as a slip.
When they show a long shot of the ring right before round 3, the scoreboard above the ring still shows it to be round 1.
The TV show that Rocky turns on for his turtles was obviously a scripted broadcast by Brent Musberger. However, the script he reads says the Rams beat the Buccaneers in overtime 13-10 on a Frank Corral field goal. Since this movie is set in 1976, that would be impossible as Tampa Bay wasn't even in the league until 1977. Also, no Rams-Bucs game has ever ended 13-10.
When Micky is watching television, his feet do not move at all, and you can tell it is a still image super-imposed on screen.
Adrian's hairstyle is noticeably different and Paulie is thinner than in the previous movie, even though it's supposed to take place directly after the end of the first movie.
"Rocky vs Apollo" poster above the crowd is back-to-front in one shot revealing the fact that the film was flipped for that particular shot.
While the kids are running with Rocky through Philadelphia, the group runs around a fountain. If you look closely several children fall and get trampled on by the crowd.
When Apollo delivers his "You're goin' down" line to Rocky in the big fight near the end, it's a mirror image (identifiable by the "Superfight II" poster in the background having reversed lettering).
When Rocky & Adrian meet with the real estate agent to buy the Townhouse, as they're about to walk in the front door, Rocky taps on the address numbers and says that they almost add up to 9 which is a good omen. The address is 2313 which does add up to 9, not almost 9. I believe this was one of many small things written into the script to show Rocky's lack of education and intelligence.
When Rocky turns the TV on for the turtles, Brent Mussberger is talking about the Rams and their field goal kicker, Frank Corral. The plot of the movie has the time line at mid to late 1976 (Apollo's trainer, Duke, mentioned a couple of scenes earlier that about 6 months had passed since the first fight), there is a problem because Frank Corral did not play for the Rams until 1978.
The film takes place from New Year's Day to Thanksgiving Day, 1976. However, when Rocky is at the old Pontiac dealer at Broad and Pine Street in Philadelphia, the green car in the showroom and his new car are 1979 models.
When the referee is talking to Rocky and Apollo at the beginning of the final fight, his lips don't match what he's saying.
Errors in geography
When the first Rocky fight ends, they are in the Spectrum in South Philadelphia. At the beginning of Rocky II the ambulance is coming down off the Girard Point Bridge and heads up S. Broad Street and goes by the Spectrum, again. They would have had to go over the bridge and turn around to go pass the Spectrum on their way to Jefferson Hospital.
In the first fight depicted in the first film, which also shown in the beginning of this film, Rocky's right upper lid gets hematoma and they cut it. And when Mick tests Rocky's sight, we clearly see that it's the right eye that has vision problem. But during second fight, when Rocky is first knocked-down the commentator says that Apollo has hit the damaged left eye, which was cut in the previous match.
It's well established that Rocky is left handed, however when he signs an autograph for the nurse at the beginning of the movie he uses his right hand.
Many left handed people write and sign with their right hand.
When Apollo is in the office attempting to set up a rematch, he calls Tony Burton's character by the actor's name. At this point he wasn't credited as a named character, but starting in Rocky III he's known as Duke, not Tony.