After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Rocky has been holding the title as the heavyweight champion until he is defeated by a brutal challenger, and now must regain his fighting spirit through a big rematch, trained by an unlikely ally: his old nemesis Apollo Creed.
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
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Jodi Letizia, who played street kid Marie in Rocky (1976), was supposed to reprise her role in this film. Her character was shown to have ended up as Rocky predicted she would: a prostitute, who had recently been made homeless. The scene however, ended up on the cutting room floor, although Letizia can briefly be seen during the street-fight at the end of the film. The character would be reintroduced properly in Rocky Balboa (2006), where she would be played by Geraldine Hughes. See more »
In the final sequence when Tommy Gun and Rocky are fighting, Tommy Gun throws several punches with his left hand, but in the cutaway shots he lands those same punches with his right hand. See more »
Rock, ya know, George would like you to consider putting on those damn gloves again. It's a helluva pay day.
Well, ya know, I'm officially expired.
George W. Duke:
No, you do have marquee value. You put butts in the buckets, asses in the seats. A businessman, with any sorta brain, don't retire when he can still pull in the bread, baby.
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In the closing credits Elton John's "The Measure Of A Man" plays while it shows stills from all five Rocky movies. See more »
I would like to start by saying that I am SICK of people's saying that "Rocky V" is crap. Not since "Rocky II" has Stallone been as spectacular as he is here. "Rocky V" brings back the heart, soul, and grittiness which were missing in action in "Rocky III" and "Rocky IV". "Rocky IV", which was an almost instant success, following in the wake of, an also emotionally-void, "Rocky III", offered a lot of hard-hitting blows, most quite unrealistic, and had no emotion of which to speak. "Rocky V" dares to keep Rocky from re-entering the ring. I cannot emphasize strongly enough how upsetting it would have been to see him go back for "just one last fight". Seeing as how it is a "Rocky" film though, we do get to see the Italian Stallion kick some ass, and do so in a far more visceral, entertaining manner, than he did in "Rocky III" and "Rocky IV". After seeing him battle Mr. T and Dolph Lundgren, I didn't think that the Rock had another movie in him, but part 5 makes me think that there might be a possible 6th to squeeze out.
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