Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.

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Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,950,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Along with The Godfather: Part III (1990), this is one of two 1990 sequels to a Best Picture Academy Award winner to star Talia Shire (Adrian Balboa). See more »

Goofs

When Rocky and his family move back to the old house and everyone is crowding the street, after Rocky Jr. places the box on top of his head and walks away, a camera man is visible in the window on the top floor of the house. The red blinking light on the camera is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Merlin Sheets: Tommy, you're in his shadow. I don't know if there's any way out.
Tommy Gunn: [to Duke] This is your own man talkin'!
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits Elton John's "The Measure Of A Man" plays while it shows stills from all five Rocky movies. See more »

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Keep It Up
Written by Benita Benitez, John Garrett and Durran Butler
Performed by Snap (as SNAP)
Produced by Snap (as SNAP)
Courtesy of Logic Records GmbH
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Worst of all the Rocky movies, but I still thought it was an average movie, a bit under-rated and hated by too many people
14 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Average sequel about Rocky getting back from Russia after fighting Ivan Drago. He now finds out that he has brain damage from the fight. He also finds out that he has lost all the money. So, he moves back into his old house from 'Rocky II' with Adrian, Rocky Jr., and Paulie. Rocky meets Tommy Gunn, a young fighter, on the street and offers to help him out with some boxing. While at school, Rocky Jr. is being bullied and asks his father how to help him.

About average sequel that I didn't expect too much from since I got a bunch of negative reviews from. Better than what most people say, 'Rocky V' had a good father-son story. John G. Avildsen returns to direct this since he directed the original. Burgess Meredith is also back for a cameo, sadly to say that he passed away a few years ago and is still missed by me after his performance in the first 'Rocky'. Overall, 'Rocky V' is worth viewing if you liked the others. If you didn't, just stick with the original.

2.5 out of 5.


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