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The most electrifying movie scenes I have ever seen part one – the Rocky / Apollo rematch in Rocky II (1979)

Rocky 2 is one of the best sequels in US cinema history. The way the original Rocky film was concluded, and that films massive critical and commercial success, naturally dictated that a follow-up had to be made. Luckily for the viewer, the second film is a logical progression from the first film, a perfect companion piece to it and a fine film in its own right. It also hosts the finest boxing fight in cinematic history, in my opinion.

This film is great, and that is as much as a review you are going to get from me on the subject, but it is essentially a lead-in to a mesmerising, titanic boxing match – a re-match, in fact – between reigning champion Apollo Creed and challenger Rocky Balboa.

I remember watching this on Christmas Eve, 1982, on VHS, with the excitement of Christmas relegated to the periphery as I sat, Findus French Bread Pizza in a sweaty hand, gripped with excitement as this fight ebbed and flowed. The final seconds of the fight had me breathless (literally) and feeling like an electrical charge was running through me. What follows is a movie scene that is pure cinematic pleasure, a thorough justification of the medium as entertainment, and a scene that age does not dim, dilute or lessen in its impact.

Ladies & Gentlemen – the climax of Rocky II, Creed vs. Balboa (needless to say SPOILERS);

Futuresport of the past part II – Death Race 2000 (1975)

Directed by Paul Bartel, Produced by Roger Corman, ‘Death Race 2000’ is the finest future sport film bar none. Released the same year as Rollerball, the film maps out a broken down United States of America exists under Martial Law where what is left of society thrills to bloody, deadly violence masquerading as entertainment. Playing out like a hyper violent version of ‘Wacky Races‘, the film documents the Transcontinental Road Race, and the competitors who race in it, with the main character being ‘Frankenstein’ played by David Carradine. Here the marvellous Japanese Theatrical poster prominently features Sylvester Stallone, who plays Frankensteins main rival ‘Machine Gun’ Joe Viterbo;

The film is full of action, fast customised cars, black humour, over the top violence and political commentary – what more can you ask for? It is about 10 times better than Rollerball, which is waaayy too slow and dull. This is the movie about future sport, with the Schwarzenegger actioner ‘The Running Man‘ coming a respectable second.

Here is the trailer;


IMDB entry for Death Race 2000

Rotten Tomatoes rates it

They tried to make a videogame out of this? In 1976??

Paul WS Anderson has done a remake with Jason Statham (so draw your own conclusions)