V Questions: Rocky V
Aside from the obvious question most people ask about the fifth film in the Rocky franchise, “Why was this movie ever made?” (The answer begins with dollars and ends with cents), more questions do come to mind when one views Rocky V other than the second most obvious question, “Why am I watching this movie again?”.
1. How long does it take to fly from Russia to Philadelphia?
The events of Rocky V are supposed to take place directly after Rocky IV, you know the one where Rocky Balboa ended The Cold War by beating Ivan Drago? But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the age difference in his son Robert. In Rocky IV he is one of the most annoying little kids in cinematic history. Robert was born in Rocky II, which took place in 1979. So in 1985’s Rocky IV he would have been 6 years old. Yet in Rocky V, he is played by Stallone’s actual son, Sage, who was 14 at the time. That would mean the flight took about 8 years… or they spent several years taxiing on that never ending runway from Fast & Furious 6.
2. Speaking of Robert, what is with the long dangle earrings he and his school chums were sporting?
I don’t recall the long dangle earrings being in style back in 1990. I could have forgotten, it was 25 years ago at this point and I don’t think I was ever accused of being on the cutting edge of fashion at any point in my life, so it very well could have been and I just missed the boat.
Whether it was the style at the time, I have to agree with Rocky on this one… it wasn’t exactly a masculine look.
3. How did George Washington Duke’s microphone work on the sound system at Rocky’s press conference?
When Rocky arrived back in the States, he conducted a press conference that was crashed by the Don King like, George Washington Duke (played expertly by Richard Gant). Gant gets out of his limo with a microphone, that I can only assume he carries with him at all times and it has the ability to tap into any available frequency. You’d need George Washington Duke money for a high tech gadget like that.
4. Who was Paulie trying to fool?
Was there a reason that Paulie was using his binocular style flask to get his daily consumption of alcohol in at the gym? I’m fairly certain the owner of that establishment is well aware of Paulie’s drinking habits and would have not have thrown him out for being under the influence. Paulie could have just shown up with a regular flask or even a bottle in or out of a brown paper bag. You weren’t fooling anyone Paulie you lovable lush of a man.
5. Was the Rocky V song “Go For It” also used in Vince McMahon’s ill-fated World Bodybuilding Federation?
While I don’t remember if certain earrings were in style, I do recall that the “Go For It” song was used for the WBF Body Stars show on the USA Network.
But while the “Go For It” song was used in other avenues of entertainment, let me get to my real question… Is anyone else shocked that Snap’s song, “Keep it Up” was not used by either Viagra or Cialis for their television spots?
These drug companies have more than enough money to pay for the rights to use any song they want and my guess is a Snap song isn’t going to break the bank anyway. File this under missed opportunities.