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Rocky V (1990)
USA / English
"Go for it! "
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.
Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire Adrian
Burt Young Paulie
Sage Stallone Rocky Balboa Jr.
Burgess Meredith Mickey Goldmill
Tommy Morrison Tommy 'Machine' Gunn
Richard Gant George Washington Duke
Tony Burton Duke
Jimmy Gambina Jimmy (as James Gambina)
Delia Sheppard Karen
Mike Girard Sheehan Merlin Sheets (as Michael Sheehan)
Michael Williams Union Cane
Kevin Connolly Chickie
Elisebeth Peters Jewel
Hayes Swope Chickie's Pal
Director: John G. Avildsen
Producer: Robert Chartoff,Irwin Winkler
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
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.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 4.2
Musician: Bill Conti
Running time: 104 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3