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Rocky V

  • Drama
  • 1990
  • John G Avildsen
  • 99 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Rocky BalboaSylvester Stallone
Adrian BalboaTalia Shire
PaulieBurt Young
Rocky JrSage Stallone
MickeyBurgess Meredith
Tommy GunnTommy Morrison
George Washington DukeRichard Gant
TonyTony Burton
JimmyJames Gambina
KarenDelia Sheppard
Merlin SheetsMichael Sheehan

Crew

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DirectorJohn G Avildsen

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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