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Rocky V (1990)

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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Details

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 film takes place in 1985. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rocky Balboa: So, when I see you having all these things that I didn't have, I, like, live through your eyes. I enjoy it a little bit. It's like having it all over again.
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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 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 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 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 »


Soundtracks

Winter Wonderland
Music by Felix Bernard
Lyrics by Dick Smith
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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Unfairly overlooked in the Rocky Series.
6 March 2013 | by sonofjorel316See all my reviews

Rocky V is deemed to be the worst film of the series and Stallone himself gave it a 1 rating in an interview here in the U.K with Jonathan Ross.

Whilst i understand Stallone's frustration with how the Rocky saga ended at the time. Rocky V is not a viewing experience without it's rewards.

Rocky's trip down memory lane to an empty Mickey's gym has to one of the standout scenes in the entire series and whilst the writing isn't on par with Rocky or even Rocky Balboa, you get the sense that Rocky V is back to basics and this is how it life would be if Rocky was a real everyday person and shows the struggles of how he and his family have to adjust everyday life, and how Rocky struggles to reclaim the life he once had, and the father/son relationship that deteriorates, due to Rocky spending all his time trying to live his life through his new protégé.

Whilst the eventual climatic final street fight between teacher and trainer might not be on a Drago or Creed level, you still find yourself rooting for Rocky and hoping he can fix what he has unknowingly broken.

Ignore all the reviews that it's poor continuation of the Rocky saga. It tries to get back to basics and for the most part succeeds.

My advice, give it a chance.


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