Rocky V

Rocky V

John G Avildsen (1990)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Despite John G Avildsen being back on board as director (he did the first Rocky, with Sylvester Stallone himself directing the intervening rounds), the emotional clout of the original has given way here to simple gestures and acting-by-numbers, as the Italian Stallion is forced to retire but decides to train a young protégé (played by real-life boxer Tommy Morrison). Given that it would be impossible to surprise with such a prescriptive format, it's a shame that the only real spark comes courtesy of Sly's own offspring (Sage Stallone) as his screen son.


The heavyweight champion is forced into retirement due to brain damage inflicted in the ring, and finds his fortune has been lost on the stock market by his accountant. Returning to his working-class roots, he trains an up-and-coming fighter, only to see his protege turn against him. Drama sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire and real-life boxer Tommy Morrison.

Cast & Crew

Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone
Adrian Balboa Talia Shire
Paulie Burt Young
Rocky Jr Sage Stallone
Mickey Burgess Meredith
Tommy Gunn Tommy Morrison
George Washington Duke Richard Gant
Tony Tony Burton
Jimmy James Gambina
Karen Delia Sheppard
Merlin Sheets Michael Sheehan
Director John G Avildsen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing, nudityAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray