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Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 16 November 1990 (USA)
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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John G. Avildsen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire ... Adrian
Burt Young ... Paulie
Sage Stallone ... Rocky Balboa Jr.
Burgess Meredith ... Mickey Goldmill
Tommy Morrison ... Tommy 'Machine' Gunn
Richard Gant ... George Washington 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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky: The Final Bell See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,073,170, 18 November 1990

Gross USA:

$40,946,358

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,946,358
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character George Washington Duke is based on real life boxing promoter Don King; the character even uses Don King's catchphrase of "Only in America". See more »

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. See more »

Quotes

Mickey: You know, kid, I know how you feel about this fight that's comin' up, because I was young once too. And I tell you somethin': Well, if you wasn't here, I probably wouldn't be alive today. The fact that you're here and doin' as well as you're doin' gives me, what do you call it, a "motivization," huh, to stay alive? 'Cause I think that people die sometimes when they don't wanna live no more.
Rocky Balboa: Nature's smarter than people think.
Mickey: And nature is smarter than people think. Little by little, we lose ...
[...]
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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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Pretty good sequel, underrated Rocky movie
22 April 2002 | by MovieCriticMarvelfanSee all my reviews

Out of all the Rocky sequels, Rocky 5 is one of the best ones, and it's the last one in the series.

Even more surprising is that the film has good acting, great scenes, and it's very realistic too.

Sylvester Stallone even wrote the story for it.

After his last fight,with the Russian Drago, Balboa (Stallone) starts to feel pain, which turns out to be a concussion to his brain which has left him in pain.

As added damaged Balboa, finds out that Uncle Paully (Burt Young who starred in "GodFather", and "Mickey Blue Eyes") has accidentally signed over power of attorney to a greedy lawyer.

In other words, the Balboa has lost every all the money that Balboa has won over the years.

The lawyer who doesn't come out in the movie, tricked Paully into signing what he said were tax papers but weren't.

It's very realistic in that Balbao has to come to grips with the fact that he his body can't take the brutal punishment in the ring, a dilemma every great fighter has to face.

Mohammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and others had to face, to face

this with the exception of Mohammed Ali.

Ali chose to continue to fight, but his body paid the price later on.

I like the fact that even tough Balboa is bruised and has no money, he doesn't let that get him down. Other rich and arrogant fighters would probably be bothered by not living the wealthy lifestyle, but Balboa is not.

He goes back to live in his old neighborhood, with Adrian (Talia Shire) and his son (played by real life son Sage Stallone)

Balboa starts to train Tommy Gunn , a young fighter on the rise,who is played by Tommy Morrison.

Gunn has talent but he can't focus enough to use it, which parallels the life of Tommy Morrison himself.

Morrison at one time was a good fighter, but he was arrogant, cocky and lazy at times.

Everytime he got a good chance to be a champion ,he would show a poor performance.

Morrison retired after receiving the aids virus, I believe.

A greedy fight promother named George Washington who resembles Don King, wants Balbao to get back in the ring.

He promises Balbao a big contract, but Balbao refuses already knowing the slimeball his dealing with.

So Washington lures Tommy Gunn into fighting for him, but Gunn can't escape the shadow of Balbao.

In a good scene, Washington, shows what an ugly character he is by manipulating Gunn into fighting Balbao.

Gunn confronts Balbao and we see both guys beat up each other to see whose number 1.

Rocky 5 is more intense than the horrible Rocky 4 movie and has better acting.

In another scene, Balbao starts having Flashbacks to his glory years with his manager Micki (Burgess Meredith) , it's a very sentimental moment.

In another scene I like, is when Adrian talks to Rocky about how much she loves him and how no matter tough things get, she will always stick by him.

In a way, Adrian (Talia Shire) represents the most important thing, a man wants in a woman.

That is a woman who loves a man, for the person he is and not by the superficial material things the man can give her.

That's my kind of lady.

So as you can see, there are many good points in Rocky 5, good acting and good action mixed in with many sentimental moments.


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