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Rocky V (1990)
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John G. Avildsen
Sylvester Stallone Talia Shire Burt Young
1h 44m

"Rocky V" is a 1990 sports drama film and the fifth installment in the "Rocky" film series. Directed by John G. Avildsen, the movie continues the story of the iconic boxer Rocky Balboa, portrayed by Sylvester Stallone. Here's a brief description:

Plot:The film picks up immediately after the events of "Rocky IV." Rocky Balboa, having sustained significant brain damage from his brutal bout with Ivan Drago, decides to retire from boxing. He returns to his old neighborhood in Philadelphia with his family, including his son Robert Balboa Jr. (played by Sage Stallone).

Rocky, facing financial difficulties, decides to open a boxing gym with his brother-in-law Paulie (played by Burt Young). However, the allure of the boxing world and the desire to mentor a young, talented fighter named Tommy Gunn (played by Tommy Morrison) lead Rocky back into the ring, albeit as a trainer.

As Tommy rises to fame under Rocky's guidance, their relationship becomes strained. The film explores themes of mentorship, the pitfalls of fame, and the challenges of navigating the often unforgiving world of professional boxing.


  • Rocky Balboa: Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa, the legendary boxer who faces new challenges outside the ring.
  • Adrian Balboa: Talia Shire returns as Adrian, Rocky's supportive wife.
  • Paulie: Burt Young plays Paulie, Rocky's brother-in-law, who assists in the running of the gym.
  • Robert Balboa Jr.: Sage Stallone plays Rocky's son, who grapples with his own identity and struggles as the Balboa family faces challenges.


  • Family and Mentorship: The film explores the dynamics of the Balboa family and the mentor-mentee relationship between Rocky and Tommy Gunn.
  • Financial Struggles: Rocky faces financial difficulties as he tries to adjust to a life outside the boxing ring.
  • Legacy and Redemption: "Rocky V" reflects on Rocky's legacy as a boxer and his attempt to guide a young fighter to success while also finding redemption for past mistakes.

Critical Reception:"Rocky V" received mixed reviews from critics. While some appreciated the film's return to the franchise's roots and its exploration of more grounded themes, others criticized its departure from the high-stakes boxing matches of previous installments. Despite the mixed reception, the film has gained some appreciation over the years for its character-driven focus.

Legacy:"Rocky V" is often considered the least successful entry in the "Rocky" series, both commercially and critically. However, the franchise continued with later installments, and the character of Rocky Balboa remains one of the most iconic in cinematic history.

If you're a fan of the "Rocky" series, "Rocky V" offers a different perspective on the character as he navigates challenges outside the boxing arena and grapples with issues of family and legacy.