Movie Review: Rocky 5
Rocky Training Boxer: Tommy Gunn
Have You Seen It?
Have you ever seen Rocky 5?
Rocky Faces New Challenges
Rocky has just came from the doctor after his bout with Drago and the doctor tells him he has slight brain damage. Balboa instantly hangs up the gloves as he and Adrienne try to make sence of things. He announces his retirement from the fight game in front of throngs of cameramen.
Rocky has made some bad investments and has been swindled by financiers. He is now bankrupt and forced to move back into the lower middle class area he knows in Philly. Rocky meets and begins to train a young fighter who begs him named Tommy "The Machine" Gunn. The two bind close but fame and money goes to Tommy's head and he dumps Rocky off and when he wins the title he gives Rocky zero credit.
The fans turn against Tommy Gunn and start chanting for Rocky everywhere Tommy goes. Tommy Gunn gets extremely jealous and mad and starts to pursuer and try and degrade Rocky at every turn. He tries his best to goad Rocky into boxing him in the squared circle but Rocky although tempted constantly turns away the offers.
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Rocky's Son Rocky Jr.
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Street Fight: Rocky Balboa vs. Tommy Gunn
Rocky refuses to come out of retirement to fight Tommy even after Gunn and his promoter heckles and embarrass Rocky several times. Finally, Tommy corners Rocky at a local diner and after pushing people convinces Rocky to take it to the parking lot.
The two men begin to fist fight without gloves. Tommy lands some big head shots early on but Rocky tackles Gunn and pounds him with fists and elbows. Both win go down, both men are hit with garbage can and both men are bloodied. In the end Rocky outlasted his opponent with a crowd of onlookers watching. Punches, kicks, elbows and throwing each other to the ground was the order of the day for this match.
The Italian Stallion vs. The Machine Gunn
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Grading Rocky 5
Plot: Rocky is diagnosed with slight brain damage and his finances are in ruin. Eventually he finds a new purpose as a trainer of an up and coming heavyweight. After being dissed by his charge Rocky ends up fighting him in the streets. Grade: C-
Actors: The acting in the movie was not bad at all but nothing great either. It just seemed as though Rocky, Paulie and Adrienne were going through the motions. The promoter hower did a good job of imitating Don King. Grade: D
Music: The worst music of all the Rocky films especially the corny song called Go For It. The music just did not fit the movie in any way. The songs were either out of place with the theme of the film or just weak songs in general. Grade: D-
Directing: The directing was okay but nothing special. The camera was up lose when it needed to be but it never had any special effects. Grade: C
Drama: The movie was sorely lacking in drama. It had Rocky having to living a regular man's life and dealing with family issues especially with his son but nothing major or pivotal seemed to occur as the movie dragged on. Grade: D
Action/Fight Scenes: The bouts between Tommy Gunn and the contenders looked staged and the final fight between Rocky and Tommy was okay but it too looked a little bit staged. Grade: D
Rocky 5 Music
Stars of Rocky 5
Cast and Crew
Sly Stallone- Stallone reprises his role as retired former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa. Rocky seemed disinterested while saying his lines at times. Not his best. Grade: D+
Talia Shire- Although she was not a central theme in the movie she still did a good as Adrienne in the movie. Grade: B-
Tommy Morrison- Morrison, a former pro boxer in real life, plays as Tommy Gunn. He didn't have too many speaking parts but for his first acting job he did descent in the role. Grade: C+
Burgess Merideth- Merideth plays as Rocky's manager and trainer. He died in Rocky 3 but made an appearance in this film when Rocky is having a deep thought or flashback if you will. Grade: B
Burt Young- Uncle Paulie has became rather tedious as he is the same old guy. Jealous of and living off Rocky like always. He is at least partially to Blair for Rocky losing his fortune with bad investments. Grade: C
Sage Stallone- Sage who is Stallone's real life son also plays Rocky's son, Rocky Jr. In the movie. He trains and fights a school bully. Also, he feels like his dad is too busy to spend any time with him. Grade: C
Rocky 5 and 6 Action Figures
Without a doubt the worst of the series. The storyline is average, the music is lame and the acting and fight scenes are subpar. With Apollo and Mickey gone the movie seemed to be lacking big time. The movie seemed more like a television show than an actual film. Besides the film was gonna be a hard sell after trying to follow the excellent previous film, Rocky 4.
Overall Grade: D+
Rocky 5 (1990)
Box Office and Awards
Rocky 5 made $119 million globally at the box office.
It only made $40 million in total U.S. sales at the gate.
No Awards or nominations.
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