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Rocky V (1990) Poster

(1990)

Goofs

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When Rocky is having a flashback of training with Mickey when he is in the gym Mickey gives him the necklace that he said was given to him by Rocky Marciano. However, in Rocky II Apollo is wearing the same necklace when he crumbles Rocky's picture off the mirror. However, in this exchange Rocky asks "what happened to his other cuff link?" and Mickey replies "I don't know. He only give me one. He gave it to some bum." In all likelihood, the person that got the other cuff link was Apollo Creed.
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Character error 

When Rocky Jr. is arguing with his dad about Christmas, Rocky tells him to remember last year, even though last Christmas he was fighting in Russia and was not with his son then either.
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After the fight is over, Rocky makes the statement that (paraphrased) he is sure that his kid has been watching the fight even though he should have already been in bed. With the time difference in Moscow, even if the fight had finished in Russia by mid-night then it would have been 6 p.m., or early evening in Philly.
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In the beginning of the movie, in the shower, Rocky is talking about something that Mickey said about when he was fighting, right before he died. However, right before Mickey died in Rocky III, he didn't say any of that.
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In the flashback scene, Mickey gives Rocky the boxing glove necklace before his fight with Apollo. However, when in the basement, he tells Tommy that Mickey gave it to him "before he departed". Mickey died about 3 years after Rocky's last fight with Apollo.
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Continuity 

At the end of Rocky IV, Rocky's son (born in 1976) is 9. However, at the beginning of Rocky V, which in the movie's time-line takes place only a week after the end of Rocky IV, the boy is already 12 or 13. In addition, Rocky IV is set in 1985 (we know this because it is nearly the 9-year anniversary of Rocky and Adrian, and they were married in 1976), yet in this movie, Rocky Jr. and his friends are watching the 1989 movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
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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.
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The attorney's state that Rocky's son was willed Mickey Goldmill's gym in 1982, even though in Rocky III it is said that Mickey died on August 15, 1981.
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Even though the events in this movie are supposed to be directly after the fight in Rocky 4, Adrian's hair is about 5 or 6 inches longer than during the fight.
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During Rocky's fight with Drago in Rocky 4, Duke's mustache was black. In the beginning of this movie, which takes place in the locker room after the fight, his mustache is noticeably gray.
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Near the very end of the film, when Rocky confronts George Washington Duke, after Duke says, "Touch me and I'll sue," we see a quick close-up of Rocky clenching his left fist. Then when Rocky is about to throw the punch he drops his right shoulder as if he is going to throw a right-handed punch. However, when the angle changes we see Rocky throwing a left-handed punch.
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During the Christmas scene, when Rocky & Rocky Jr. are arguing in the basement, Rocky's sweater changes from having a diamond pattern with the vertical stripes to plain stripes and back again.
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During the end sequence, a still picture from the second movie is shown during the clips from the first movie.
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When Rocky is talking to Tommy in the basement, there is a bruise under Rocky Jr.'s left eye. In the next shot the bruise is under his right eye.
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When they are all at the table eating dinner, Paulie grabs Adrian's plate. In the next shot he grabs it again.
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In the street fight, Paulie is shown holding onto Rocky Jr. But in the next shot Paulie is shown alone. In the next shot, he is holding Rocky Jr. again.
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When Rocky is getting off the plane his son comes running through the crowd, Rocky has no sunglasses on when he sees his son, but when he hugs his son, his sunglasses are on.
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During the final street fight scene, while Rocky is being congratulated Tommy Gunn is shown in the background getting up. When they cut to Gunn, he is shown on the ground.
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When Rocky has his first press conference at the airport, after returning from Russia, he is approached by Duke who is forcefully challenging him to fight Cane. At one point Adrian stands to protest and after an immediate retort from Rocky and Duke the camera shows a wide shot and Adrian in still in her seat beside the podium.
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After Tom Gunn knocks Rocky down, Rocky has a bloody nose. But after that when he gets up his nose is not bleeding.
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When Paulie is playing Santa Clause and has his "laundry bag" in his right hand he grabs Rocky Jr. with his left hand asking him if he's been nice then when the camera angle changes Paulie is grabbing him with his right hand.
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The beginning of the movie is supposed to take place right after the end of the previous film, however, Adrian's hair is noticeably longer and straighter.
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Rocky Jr.'s jacket jumps on and off his shoulder between shots when he goes to the gym to tell Rocky that he got it back.
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Crew or equipment visible 

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.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Rocky's championship belt is in the basement despite burying it with Apollo Creed's body in Rocky IV. However, as both men held the championship it is likely that both would have had replicas that they could permanently keep.
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At the press conference at the airport when Rocky returns to the states he is challenged by Union Cane for the title. Rocky gave up the title in Rocky IV to fight Drago in Russia, therefore he was not the champion, so for Union Cane to challenge him would have just been a regular fight not a championship one. However, it is never stated that Rocky is the current sanctioned champion. When Rocky left for Russia the title became vacant, he and Union Cane could potentially be fighting for the currently vacant title providing this was approved. This is exactly what happens when Cane eventually wins against another opponent.
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The large house Rocky is forced to leave is not the same house as in Rocky IV and III. However many years pass between Rocky becoming rich and losing his fortune, so it is entirely possible the family moved at some point during the height of Rocky's popularity.
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When Rocky arrives back in the US from Russia, he is seen getting off an Ilyushin IL-86 jet. Assuming he arrived back in Philadelphia from Moscow (a distance of just over 4,000 miles) it would be impossible to fly that distance on an IL-86, which has a maximum range of just over 3,000 miles. It is never stated in the film that the flight back from Moscow was a nonstop flight, though.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Tommy Gunn is delivering one of his punches in the big fight, the Adidas symbol on his shirt is on the wrong side, revealing that it's a mirrored image.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Plot holes 

Rocky lost his fortune because Paulie signed a paper giving Power of Attorney to Rocky's accountant, who promptly used Rocky's money to invest in several shady ventures. The accountant had Paulie sign because Rocky would be in the Soviet Union. But Paulie was in the Soviet Union with Rocky, so he couldn't have signed over Power of Attorney.
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Rocky lost his fortune because Paulie signed over Power of Attorney to Rocky's accountant, who promptly used Rocky's money to invest in several shady ventures. Power of Attorney is given to a accountant by the taxpayer if the taxpayer wants the accountant to represent him before the IRS or the state tax department; it MUST be signed by the taxpayer. In short, only Rocky could have given the accountant Power of Attorney.
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