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.
Release Year: 1990
Rating: 4.6/10 (40,846 voted)
Critic's Score: 54/100
John G. Avildsen
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
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.
Rocky Balboa Jr.
Tommy 'Machine' Gunn
George Washington Duke
(as James Gambina)
Mike Girard Sheehan
(as Michael Sheehan)
Go for it!
Rocky Anthology Official site |
Release Date: 16 November 1990
Filming Locations: Max Busch House, 160 South San Rafael Street, Pasadena, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $14,073,170
(18 November 1990)
Did You Know?
Just as he had done with the first four films, writer Sylvester Stallone incorporated much biographical material into the plot of the film. Stallone particularly focused on the notion of Rocky's fall from grace. In
Rocky III and
Rocky IV, Rocky was top of the world, unbeatable and incredibly famous and popular. These two films had coincided with the height of Stallone's own popularity, which had waned decidedly in the years since Rocky IV. As such, when composing the script for Rocky V, he decided to look at the notion of how a man can have it all, only to suddenly lose it.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
When Rocky is having a flashback of training with Mickey when he is in the gym Mickey gives him the necklace that he said was given to him by Rocky Marciano. However, in Rocky II Apollo is wearing the same necklace when he crumbles Rocky's picture off the mirror. However, in this exchange Rocky asks "what happened to his other cuff link?" and Mickey replies "I don't know. He only give me one. He gave it to some bum." In all likelihood, the person that got the other cuff link was Apollo Creed.
[outside Mickey's abandoned gym]
How ya doin', Mick?
Give it a chance.
For some reason or another, certain movies achieve a reputation as
being worse than they actually are. Rocky V is one such film that is
affected by the as I call it Phantom Menace syndrome. This refers
to Movies that are interesting in their own way but fail to live up to
the hype or expectation of previous instalments, or simply do not
follow the formula that everyone derided for being too predictable
anyway. For me, Rocky V is the best of the sequels to the 1976
original, as it does not follow in the Rocky tradition of simply having
a bigger guy to fight than in the previous film. Rocky IV was a great
spectacle but it was more comical than anything to think that an entire
Russian government could be funding one over-sized boxer who could kill
a man with one flurry of punches, not to mention turn a blind eye to
illegal doping. The fifth instalment in the anthology goes back to the
more personal story of the character, and deals much more realistically
with the aftermath of loss and the twisted nature of professional prize
Stallone recruited his own son for the role of Robert (Rocky's son) and
the result is one of the best father son relationships ever committed
to celluloid. The scene where Rocky realises that he has been a
negligent father and must make his peace with the boy is affectionate
and heartfelt and could never been as realistic without the real life
history behind these two people.
OK, there are some flaws and I am not too naive to suggest this movie
is worthy of an Oscar. The casting of Tommy 'The Machine' Gunn could
have been better as real life boxer Tommy Morrison sometimes appears
wooden and is never really threatening enough to Rocky for the final
fight to have any tangible tension. Similarly, aside from the final
tune of Elton John's 'The measure of a man' the music does not measure
up to the awesome and inspirational anthems that have accompanied
previous instalments. Any Flick in the early nineties that used rap
music as its primary soundtrack has ultimately dated for a modern
My advice would be to watch this movie in full before you judge it.
There are some sad moments in this fall from grace story as well as few
goofs in terms of weak acting. But it's not as bad as people say and as
the sixth instalment nears completion it's about time everyone got back
into the Rocky spirit for one more round.
A good film. 7/10