Rocky V

Year: 1990
Director: John G Avildsen
Producer: Robert Chartoff/Irwin Winkler
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Burgess Meredith
I'm sure I've said in every other Rocky review I've written about how there was nowhere else to go, which is why Rocky 3 was simply about a new challenger and Rocky 4 was about the Cold War. So Rocky 5 is about everything we see in every other Rocky film to some extent. It's most obviously a rehash of part 3 — having too much and letting it cloud your vision of the real point of being the champ. As there's only one way to go, Rocky (Stallone) loses everything in a throwaway line about how cousin Paulie (Young) signed power of attorney of all their assets over to a shifty accountant. So he moves back to the old neighbourhood, starts wearing the same pork pie hat and leather jacket, and seem to hit rock bottom before finding a new purpose in life, training an up and coming youngster. Seduced by the high life, the same whippersnapper betrays Rocky and leaves him for a shyster promoter modelled quite obviously on Don King, and it's left for Rocko to claw his dignity back by having a bar fight with the punk, all the while the spirit of Mickey (Meredith) egging him on. As would become more and more obvious later as the franchise wore on, it's about trying desperately to hold onto glory when you can't accept you're past it. What's more, it contains the same subplot about a son coming out of his father's shadow that would feature again in Rocky Balboa.

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