Rocky V (1990)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Sport


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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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  • Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Morrison in Rocky V (1990)
  • Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Morrison in Rocky V (1990)

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2 February 2004 | dr_foreman
A step up for the series
Often slated as the worst of the bunch, "Rocky V" is actually superior to the two films that preceded it. Unlike the glossy third and fourth entries, this one tries to be down-to-earth. Rocky loses his money, and is forced to go back to his old neighborhood. Back in the grime of his past. That's where he belongs, not in a mansion!

Granted, there is some cheese on display here. The music is dated and some of the dialogue is just too obvious - the reporters at the press conference pressure Rocky in all kinds of ridiculous ways. I also don't understand the patriotic references; why is the villain "George Washington" Duke and why does he say "only in America" at the end? (only in America can Rocky prove his superiority in a street brawl?) It's also silly that the film is set right after "Rocky IV," since all of the actors have visibly aged.

Nevertheless, there's good stuff here. Paulie finally redeems himself, and Tommy's corruption is an interesting counterpoint to how Rocky's career developed. The final battle is very satisfying, particularly the visions of Mickey which inspire Rocky to get up for "one more round!!!" Ah, how I love the moment when he rises to kick Tommy's butt. Dah-dah-dum-dum-dum-dee-dah-dah-dah! (etc.)

I also love the last line - a great summary of what Rocky's character is all about.

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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.


Quotes

Mickey: Get up you son of a bitch! 'Cause Mickey loves you!


Goofs

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


Crazy Credits

In the closing credits Elton John's "The Measure Of A Man" plays while it shows stills from all five Rocky movies.


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 (1976) 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.


Soundtracks

Gonna Fly Now
Music by
Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins

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