Film: Rocky V

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Rocky V is the final numbered film in the Rocky series, which picks up directly from the previous film.

Rocky has fallen on hard times due to combination of suffering from brain damage after his bout with Drago and having his fortune stolen by a crooked accountant. He is forced to move back to his old neighbourhood, where he start running late Mickey's gym. He becomes a trainer to a young boxer named Tommy Gunn. This doesn't sit well with his son, and their relationship starts to deteriorate.

This film has the examples of:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Tommy Gunn has betrayed Rocky's trust, left him in the gutter despite Rocky's genuinely good intentions for him, has demanded a fight live on television, beaten the crap out of his Uncle Paulie, and very nearly beaten his father to death, but Rocky's son wants Rocky to take Tommy down because he took his room. Priorities, kid!
  • Boxing Lesson: Rocky's son learns how to box in order to deal with the school bully (though, ironically, not from Rocky himself).
  • Career-Ending Injury: Rocky's brain damage.
  • Darker and Edgier: Rocky V was an attempt to recapture the grittier feel of the first film after the apogee of over-the-top excess that was Rocky IV.
    • The appearance of Duke and the reporters manage to destroy any attempt in making the movie as gritty as the first and second film.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Tommy Gunn.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Everybody seems to think they can take Rocky in a fight. Did Union Cane really not see the Drago fight where Rocky got the hell beat out of him and still came out on top? And Tommy Gunn should know better, but still he thinks he can take Rocky, who used to break people's thumbs for a living in a street fight, no less.
  • Fur and Loathing: The only furs are worn by the corrupt manager, and a woman who seemed to be a gold digger.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Mentioned; despite being a trained boxer, Rocky was also a former mob-enforcer and knew how to act as a street fighter. Tommy Gunn's new manager even berates him for expecting to use the same skills in a street fight.
    Rocky (to Tommy): My ring's outside...
  • Immediate Sequel: The film begins minutes after Rocky IV, with Rocky suffering the effects of Drago's blows. Though do note that while muddled, the story eventually works its way up to Christmas of 1990.
  • Karma Houdini: Rocky's crooked accountant (unseen in the movie) who squandered all his fortune on bad business deals, disappeared, and left him broke.
  • Madeof Iron: Are we really just going to ignore the fact that Paulie takes a blow to the head from the Heavyweight Champion of the World and shrugs it off like it was nothing?
  • Numbered Sequels
  • Oh, Crap: George Washington Duke pulls this towards the end:
    Duke: Touch me and I'll sue.
    Rocky smirks, then punches the lights out of Duke.
    Rocky: Sue me for what?
  • Old Master: Rocky, now Older and Wiser himself, attempts to be this to Tommy Gunn, but it doesn't go nearly as well through no fault of Rocky's. He gave his best effort, but the sport, and particularly the corruption at its top levels, had passed him by since he stepped out of the ring, and Gunn didn't have the sense to realize that Rocky (unlike George Washington Duke) sincerely had his best interests in mind.
  • Punny Name: Tommy Gunn. Paulie even lampshaded it.
  • Reality Ensues: Seemed to be the mission statement during the production of the film. Of course Rocky's crappy defense and countless headshots would result in brain damage. Of course his lousy bum of a brother-in-law would screw things up. Of course his criminal record would come back and bite him (it prevents him from doing endorsements).
  • The Scrappy: In-universe, the press and the crowds do not like Tommy Gunn, especially after he dumped Rocky for GW Duke.
  • Sequel Reset: All the wealth made by Rocky as a world famous heavyweight champion in the past sequels has been lost due to a crooked accountant and Rocky is left as poor as he was in the first movie.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Rocky Jr. (Robert) was nine in Rocky IV when Rocky went to Russia to fight Drago. When he and Adrian return home at the beginning of the film, his son is now in early adolescence. How long were they in Russia?!
    • Rocky Krakoff was originally meant to play Rocky Jr. in early scenes and Sage would play him in the later ones (set in 1990). However when Krakoff proved unavailable, it was decided just to flat use Sage for the whole movie. While not especially convincing, Sage looks far more youthful and fresh-faced at the beginning of the movie than he does in later parts where he's older and harder.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Adrian called Rocky out on how his continuous attempts at reliving his career through Tommy has alienated his son from him.