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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

On this film, as well as Rocky (1976), Jimmy Gambina, a famous boxing trainer from California, was the trainer. He is barely mentioned, although famous for the fight scenes in both movies, as well as a technical advisor on boxing. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

George W. Duke: Timing is the essence of life, gentlemen and ladies.
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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 »


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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User Reviews

A wonderful movie about father and son
29 June 2003 | by Margaux1See all my reviews

Sometimes it gets annoying to me how critical people are of the Rocky series. It's like they feel like they have to say terrible things about it, probably because people can be so negative that they can't find it in themselves to believe that a 'less than intelligent' person with heart, drive and passion can move mountains and achieve success.

I personally thought this, and every other Rocky movie, was fabulous. I thought Sage Stallone was amazing in his debut as Rocky's son. Also, this movie showed a more real side of boxing, the business side, with exploitative agents and corrupt business tactics.

Some may think the Rocky series is an unrealistic saga, but Rocky IV proves it isn't. The person we saw struggle, fight, and grow rich is now back to square one...minus all the money but still with the heart.

I saw this movie and it brought tears to my eyes. It shows how wrapped up we can become when trying to achieve our goals through others and how it affects people around us.

I thought it was an interesting storyline and was a lot better than people give it credit for.


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