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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.

Director:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the background during the scene where Rocky's son is yelling at him on Christmas, one of the Christmas cards in the back has "Rambo" written on it. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Gunn: [as Rocky goes back into the bar] Hey. Hey! I'm not done talking to you yet.
Rocky Balboa: Listen, Tommy. I've got notin' else to say to you okay?
George W. Duke: Rocky Balboa. Tommy Gunn wants to fight you in his next match. Do you, or do you not accept Tommy's challenge?
Rocky Balboa: [to Tommy] Listen, Tommy. This guy wants us to fight in the ring. When we were together, we were like, like brothers.
[Tommy shrugs to Duke in disgust at Rocky]
Rocky Balboa: You see, Tommy Duke wants us to fight, get us to fight in the ring. He don't care about you Tommy...
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Spin-off Rocky Legends (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep It Up
Written by Benita Benitez, John Garrett and Durran Butler
Performed by Snap! (as SNAP)
Produced by Snap! (as SNAP)
Courtesy of Logic Records GmbH
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Moving. Exciting & all round - Good!
9 August 2004 | by RussianPantyHogSee all my reviews

I'm absolutely amazed at the awful reviews people have given this film. I thought it was great!! Ok, I did have the advantage of seeing it on tv last night just after Van Damme's DREADFUL "A.W.O.L" but i still reckon Rocky 5 is a gem of a movie. Forget his voice (which CAN be irritating at times), Sylvester Stallone has the sharpest mind in Hollywood and he's highly accomplished in every field of movie-making. Boxers are the roughest and toughest of people but they're still human with the same feelings and vulnerabilities as everyone else & I think Stallone deserves MEGA respect for the compassion and understanding which shines through all 5 of the Rocky series. I don't think there's an emotion or a situation a boxer could face that Sly hasn't covered - and covered convincingly. The problem this film has always faced is that it appeals to a different, more thoughtful audience than the first 4. It's much more of a 'drama' than an 'action' movie. Take it as it is, and dramas don't come much better. The 'sugary' scenes between Rocky & his son are always particularly savaged in listings magazines. But what do they know! I found them genuinely touching. Here's a guy with a limited intellect desperately trying to reach out to his son and not really knowing how to express himself. Stallone CAN act! Talia Shire was electrifying & Richard Gant deliciously horrible as the thinly disguised Don King. "Touch me & I'll sue!" I remember seeing Rocky 4 at the cinema in 1986. At the time it seemed wonderful, but, all these years later the "isn't America wonderful" theme has aged badly and the flag-draped ending is just embarrassing. Rocky 5 hasn't aged a bit and remember Stallone was FORTY FOUR when 5 was made. He looked pretty damn good. The fight sequence near the end is as good as anything in the first 4. Yes! People were standing up in the theatre and yelling, every bit as much as a real fight, and this wasn't even "in the ring". I always remember the muffled roar of the audience when Stallone looks to camera just for a couple of seconds and we all knew Tommy Gunn was finally going to get his arse kicked. Sheer entertainment. I've heard Stallone is fond of saying to newcomers: "Forget the art. It's a business." Maybe it's because he thinks like that, that he produces such wonderful art. For me, Rocky 5 has to be 8 out of 10.


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