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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Michael Williams and Tommy Morrison were to have an actual match about a month after Rocky V was released, but had to be cancelled when Williams was hurt. The match was being hyped as "The Real Cane vs. Gunn Match". See more »
During the end sequence, a still picture from the second movie is shown during the clips from the first movie. See more »
In the closing credits Elton John's "The Measure Of A Man" plays while it shows stills from all five Rocky movies. See more »
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 »
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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