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Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 16 November 1990 (USA)
Reluctantly retired from fighting, Rocky takes charge of Mickey's gym and agrees to train a young protégé who's hungry for success.


John G. Avildsen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky
Talia Shire ... Adrian
Burt Young ... Paulie
Sage Stallone ... Rocky Jr.
Burgess Meredith ... Mickey
Tommy Morrison ... Tommy
Richard Gant ... George W. Duke
Tony Burton ... Duke
Jimmy Gambina ... Jimmy (as James Gambina)
Delia Sheppard ... Karen
Mike Sheehan Mike Sheehan ... Merlin Sheets (as Michael Sheehan)
Michael Anthony Williams ... Union Cane (as Michael Williams)
Kevin Connolly ... Chickie
Elisebeth Peters Elisebeth Peters ... Jewel
Hayes Swope Hayes Swope ... Chickie's Pal


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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Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


Gonna Fly Now is not sung in this movie, it only appears in an instrumental form played by the band when Rocky arrives back in the States at the beginning of the movie. This is also the last film in the series NOT to include a version of the song with lyrics, as the "traditional" sung version returns in "Rocky Balboa (2006)." See more »


When they are all at the table eating dinner, Paulie grabs Adrian's plate. In the next shot he grabs it again. See more »


Rocky Balboa: This neighborhood's coming down with tooth decay.
Rocky Balboa Jr.: It's called urban blight.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In 2002, director John G. Avildsen released a work-print version of the film online, under the title "Rocky V: Director's Cut". In this version, the opening credits are completely different, with different music. Additionally, the music throughout the film is decidedly different then that used in the final version of the film; in particular, there is a lot more Bill Conti music rather than the songs used in the theatrical cut (although Michael Bolton's "When I'm Back On My Feet Again" plays in this cut when Rocky visits Mighty Mick's). Several scenes are edited differently in the Director's Cut, and often with different dialogue. There are also a number of deleted scenes in the film, including a scene of Rocky getting drunk at the bar prior to visiting Mighty Mick's Boxing, and a scene where Rocky meets Marie from Rocky to find that she is a prostitute and has just become homeless. Additionally, the Director's Cut has a completely different edit of the street fight, with new music, and also includes the Mickey hallucination scene. See more »


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The Measure of A Man
Music and Lyrics by Alan Menken
Performed by Elton John
Produced by Phil Ramone
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. and Phonogram, Ltd.
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User Reviews

Not as bad as a lot of people say
7 January 2000 | by Joe-290See all my reviews

This movies which has to come in its title number is the fifth best of the Rocky films. It has not got the same power as the first 2 but is still very emotionally tought and strong and sends across a message like the other movies. Stallone like he always has been is great with the part. The script really does have its moments of splendour and with sadness. Scenes such as Balboas recolections on the past and his time with his friend and coach Mickey. Extremely emotional movie but of course only in scene such as that and also when his wife tries to pur across he devoted love for the boxer. Its powerfuls and tought like the whole series is.

The films are the most realistic film series based on true life. True griet. True feelings and love. Now, Rocky loses his money plus gets brain damage, just how bad can a life get. Now not been able to box becomes a coach but soon gets betrayed by his student as another promoter with more money and power takes control of him and leaves Rocky all alone with nowhere to go.

Although there is no ring fight, do not worry as there is a more personel than ever with more strenght and skill in a tough and rough and mean street fight. Definatley the least best in the series but still not bad and not as bad as what people say as it does contain all life based aspects. Very good and absolutley worth a watch more times than the very bad Star Wars.

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Release Date:

16 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky: The Final Bell See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,073,170, 18 November 1990

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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