Rocky V

MGM Released 1990


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John G. Avildsen
Rocky V is a 1990 sport drama by director John G. Avildsen, starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in this fifth segment of the Rocky movie saga. This time, Rocky has reluctantly retired from the fast paced world of boxing, after sustaining permanent damage during a match with Russian boxer Ivan Drago. But Rocky is in for a bit of an unpleasant surprise when he discovers that the fortune he acquired during his days as a heavyweight champ has benn stolen by his accountant and lost on the stockmarket. Now he desperately needs a job and when an up-and-coming fighter, Tommy Gunn, asks him to be his coach, he agrees. It turns out that being at the center of it all, as a fighter, is quite different than working on the perimeter as a coach. Rocky V was nominated for a 1991 Young Artist Award, as well as seven 1991 Razzie Awards.


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  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Rocky V takes him out of his gilded cage and back to the director (John G. Avildsen), the settings and the underdog's outlook that made him famous in the first place. It's a smart ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    In Rocky V, the fifth and presumably last episode of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa saga, the writer-star once again contrives a way to make his hulking, sad-eyed gladiator the ...

  • 60


    When the underdog always wins he's not much of an underdog anymore, and the narrative cartwheels Sylvester Stallone has turned over the years to put Rocky in that position have pee...

  • I Have at Least Read the Plot

    This is one of the very few reviews where I haven't actually watched the film or show. However I have read the plot and that was good enough for a low review for me. The story is just so depressing and negative and the final fight between Rocky and his former student is a street fight rather than in the ring. For me that destroyed the essence that made Rocky so good.

    Even further, Stallone himself hates the film and disowned it, stating he only made it because he got greedy.moreless

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