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Creed (A)



2 hrs 12 mins

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Release Date

27 Nov 2015 (India)
25 Nov 2015 (WorldWide)

Creed Story

In 1998, Adonis Johnson, the son of one of the many lovers of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, is serving time in a Los Angeles youth facility when Creed's wife, Mary Anne, pays him a visit and offers to take him in.

Seventeen years later, Adonis walks away from his job at a securities firm to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Mary Anne vehemently opposes this, remembering how her husband was killed in the ring 30 years earlier (against Ivan Drago in Rocky IV). He tries to get a slot at Los Angeles' elite Delphi Boxing Academy, but is turned down. Undaunted, Adonis travels to Philadelphia in hopes of getting in touch with his father's old friend and rival, Rocky Balboa.

Adonis tracks down Rocky at Adrian's, the Italian restaurant that Rocky owns and operates named after his deceased wife. When he hears Adonis' request to train him, Rocky is reluctant to get back into boxing, but eventually agrees. Adonis also finds a love interest in Bianca, an up-and-coming singer and songwriter.

Adonis, now known as "Hollywood Donnie," defeats a local fighter, and word gets out that he is Creed's illegitimate son. Rocky gets a call from the handlers of world light heavyweight champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan, who is due to be forced into retirement by an impending prison term. He offers to make Adonis his final challenger--provided that he change his name to Adonis Creed. Adonis balks at first, wanting to forge his own legacy. However, he eventually agrees.

While helping Adonis train, Rocky learns he has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He is unwilling to undergo chemotherapy, remembering that it wasn't enough to save Adrian when she had ovarian cancer. His diagnosis and the fact that his best friend and brother-in-law Paulie Pennino - Adrian's brother - has now passed away in addition to Adrian and Apollo further force him to confront his own mortality. Seeing Rocky shaken, Adonis urges him to seek treatment.

Adonis fights Conlan in Conlan's hometown of Liverpool. Many parallels are present between the fight that ensues and Apollo and Rocky's first fight forty years earlier (Rocky). Adonis not only wears American flag trunks similar to the ones Apollo and later Rocky wore, but he gives Conlan all he can handle and goes the distance. Furthermore, even though Conlan wins on a split decision (just as Apollo retained his title by split decision against Rocky), Adonis has won the respect of Conlan and the crowd; Conlan tells him that he is the future of the light heavyweight division.

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