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Rocky V (1990)

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Critic Consensus: Rocky V's attempts to recapture the original's working-class grit are as transparently phony as each of the thuddingly obvious plot developments in a misguided installment that sent the franchise flailing into longterm limbo.

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Touted upon its release as the finale of the Rocky saga, this fifth entry in the long-running series of sports dramas reunites star Sylvester Stallone with John G. Avildsen, director of the Oscar-winning original. Stallone is Rocky Balboa, suffering from career-ending brain damage as a result of his punishing bout with Ivan Drago at the finale of the previous film. Upon their return to Philadelphia, Rocky and his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire), discover they are broke, their fortune squandered by an incompetent accountant. Forced to move back to their working-class neighborhood, Rocky finds that his only asset is the run-down gym willed to him by Mickey (Burgess Meredith, who appears in new flashback sequences). Resisting big money offered to him by Don King-like boxing promoter George Washington Duke (Richard Gant), Rocky becomes a trainer and finds a talented comer in Tommy Gunn (real-life boxer Tommy Morrison, nephew of John Wayne). Rocky's son (played by Stallone's real-life son Sage Stallone) feels neglected by his father, who lavishes attention on his protégé, but Tommy ultimately turns his back on his mentor to sign a more lucrative deal with Duke, leading to a street-fight showdown.
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PG-13
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Action & Adventure , Drama
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Cast

Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Tommy Morrison
as Tommy 'Machine' Gunn
Talia Shire
as Adrian
Burt Young
as Paulie
Sage Stallone
as Rocky Balboa Jr.
Richard Gant
as George Washington Duke
Michael Sheehan
as Merlin Sheets
Michael Williams
as Union Cane
Kevin Connolly
as Chickie
Hayes Swope
as Chickie's Pal
Nicky Blair
as Fight Promoter
James Binns
as Himself
Meade Martin
as Las Vegas Announcer
Michael Buffer
as Fight Announcer, 3rd Fight
Ben Geraci
as Cab Driver
Clifford C. Coleman
as Motorcycle Mechanic
Patrick Cronin
as Dr. Rimlan
LeRoy Neiman
as Fight Announcer
Michael Pataki
as Nicolai Koloff
Bob Giovane
as Timmy
Carol A. Ready
as Russian Woman
Katherine Margiotta
as Woman in Dressing Room
Stu Nahan
as Fight Commentator
Al Bernstein
as Fight Commentator
Lou Filippo
as Referee
Lauren K. Woods
as Conference Reporter
Robert Seltzer
as Conference Reporter
Albert S. Meltzer
as Conference Reporter
John P. Clark
as Conference Reporter
Stanley R. Hochman
as Conference Reporter
Elmer Smith
as Conference Reporter
Henry D. Tillman
as Contender #1
Stan Ward
as Contender #2
Brian Phelps
as Reporter
Henry D. Tilman
as Commander
Mark Thompson
as Reporter
Paul Cain
as Reporter
Kent H. Johnson
as Reporter
Cindy Roberts
as Reporter
Helena Carroll
as Woman Drinker
Kent T. Johnson
as Reporter
Tony Munafo
as Drinker
Bob Vazquez
as Drinker
Susan Parsily
as Drinker
Richard Wright
as Drinker
Gary Compton
as Drinker
John J. Cahill
as Drinker
Jennifer Flavin
as Delivery Girl
Tricia Flavin
as Delivery Girl
Julie Flavin
as Delivery Girl
Alex Garcia
as Boxer
Mark de Alessandro
as Stunt Double
Billy Lucas
as Boxer
Dale Jacoby
as Boxer
Clay Hodges
as Boxer
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Critic Reviews for Rocky V

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

The dramatic moves are so obvious and shopworn that not even the star's mournful basset-hound expressions can redeem them.

Full Review… | December 19, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Whereas the first and far superior Rocky had real heart, this tries and fails to have brains.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A sloppy but good-natured reminder of just what it is that has kept Rocky Balboa afloat for 14 years.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

In Rock V, the underdog is officially diagnosed as 'brain damaged.' Yo. So what else is new?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite Stallone's bantamweight attempts to insert, like, character into the fifth Rocky, it's the same old fight with the same old round of regulars.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is the first picture in the series that feels inert.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Rocky V

½

As far as brain damage goes, Rocky V is a shameful idiocy that cannot even justify why it was made, given how the whole family drama seems completely forced, the excess of sappiness is painful to see and in the end it all comes down to unnecessary, pointless street-fighting.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Ambitious to a point, "Rocky V" tries far too hard to create a human drama, rather than a triumphant boxing story, which is what this film series is meant to be like. This time, Rocky is done fighting once and for all, and once a newcomer thinks he is the best, he is trained by the world champion. Throughout the film, he wins the title, but is forced into dangerous times, agreeing to things he shouldn't and ending up in worse places than Rocky ever was. This is not a Rocky films, this is a spin-off that only works half of the time. It's not a good film in any way, but there are elements that I really admired. It's not as bad of a film as some people make it out to be, but it's middle of the road. I would never recommend it though.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Stallone trades in the ambiance of a big-fight atmosphere for senseless street-fighting. Rocky V is an unacceptable installment that tarnishes the already back-down-on-his-luck fighter. The uninspiring acting and street-smart vibe is just as damaging as the fighter's brain in this film. But though the film has some significant damages it still manages to be somewhat uplifting with the lack of magic it possessed. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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