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Rocky V

Rocky V

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Director: John G. Avildsen

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young


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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


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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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
By keeping the emotional stakes at a realistic level, Stallone tells a simple human story about a man having difficulty walking away from his job. Instead of giving the audience some emotionally over-the-top reason for him to continue to fight (the death of a loved one, the love of country), Stallone forces his characters to interact with each other like real human beings. Having Rocky fail as a father (during the early parts of the film) makes him human. For the first time in three films, the audience can see Rocky as someone like themselves. Though the final street fight is silly, and the caricature of Don King is way too obvious, this film serves a purpose. Rocky Balboa ceases to be a superhero and becomes a man again in this movie. He is one of us. This film understands that the vast majority of the audience will never win a boxing title, but many of us would be thrilled to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and go home to the woman we love.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire Adrian Balboa
Burt Young Paulie
Sage Stallone Rocky Balboa Jr.
Burgess Meredith Mickey
Tommy Morrison Tommy Gunn
Richard Gant George Washington Duke
Tony Burton Tony
James Gambina Jimmy
Delia Sheppard Karen
Michael Sheehan Merlin Sheets
Michael Williams Union Cane
John J. Cahill Drinker
Tommy Gunn Actor
Caro Jones Actor
Katherine Margiotta Woman in Dressing Room
Susan Parsily Drinker
Elizabeth Peters Jewel
Bob Vazquez Drinker
Thunder Wolf Actor
Bob Giovanne Timmy
Kevin Connolly Chickie
Hayes Swope Chickie's Pal
Nicky Blair Fight Promoter
Jodi Letizia Marie
Chris Avildsen Druggie
Jonathan Avildsen Druggie
Don Sherman Andy
Stu Nahan Fight Commentator
Al Bernstein Fight Commentator
James Binns Himself
Meade Martin Las Vegas Announcer
Michael Buffer Fight Announcer, 3rd Fight
Albert J. Myles Benson
Jane Marla Robbins Gloria
Ben Geraci Cab Driver
Clifford C. Coleman Motorcycle Mechanic
Lou Filippo Referee
Frank Cappuccino Referee
Lauren K. Woods Conference Reporter
Robert Seltzer Conference Reporter
Albert S. Meltzer Conference Reporter
John P. Clark Conference Reporter
Stanley R. Hochman Conference Reporter
Elmer Smith Conference Reporter
Henry D. Tilman Commander
Stan Ward Contender
Brian Phelps Reporter
Mark Thompson Reporter
Paul Cain Reporter
Kent Johnson Reporter
Cindy Roberts Reporter
Patrick Cronin Dr. Rimlan
Helena Carroll Drinker
Tony Munafo Drinker
Richard Wright Drinker
Lloyd Kaufman Drinker
Gary Compton Drinker
Leroy Neiman Fight Announcer
Michael Pataki Nicolai Koloff
Jennifer Flavin Delivery Girl
Tricia Flavin Delivery Girl
Julie Flavin Delivery Girl
Carol A. Ready Russian Woman
Mark de Alessandro Stunt Double
Jeff Langton Boxer
Daniel Epper Boxer
Mel Scott-Thomas Boxer
Billy Lucas Boxer
Alex García Boxer
Dale Jacoby Boxer
Clay Hodges Boxer
Charles Hines Boxer

Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director,Editor
Bobby Bass Stunts
William J. Cassidy Production Designer
Robert Chartoff Co-producer
Bill Conti Score Composer
William Joseph Durrell Art Director
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Robert A. Ferretti Editor
Joe di Gaetano Special Effects
Michael S. Glick Executive Producer,Production Designer
Victor Hammer Cinematographer
Michael Knue Editor
Tony Munafo Associate Producer
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
Michael Westmore Makeup
Irwin Winkler Co-producer

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Rocky V 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ellison61 More than 1 year ago
Broken, Balboa returns to his old neighborhood to raise his son as he is penniless and physically broken. He trains a boxer for a bit and then he moves on to be champ, but not the people's champ. Ends in a street fight. Ugg.
1-2 More than 1 year ago
i dont cere rocky is amasing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didnt really think its the greatest rocky, but is was still pretty good. Didnt really pick up were # 4 left off. It doesnt deserve 5 stars but its still good. Rocky # 1 the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
No better way to end it. You just about kill yourself and you end up im the same place you started, Story of my life. This movie is great Tommy Morrison and Balbo, Wow.