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Saturday, January 28, 2006

RockyV - Original Ending

ROCKY V Original Ending Screenplay By : Sylvester Stallone

You may have heard Sylvester Stallone actually considered killing off his cinematic alterEgo in Rocky V but was persuaded by United Artists management to let the hero live.You can’t kill off a cherished figure, Stallone was told. But after taking an exclusive peak at Stallone’s Original script , dated July 24, 1989, one can only conclude that the actor-writer was right.

But get a load of the original ending, which was never filmed. Rocky, suffering from too many shots in the head during his boxing career has collapsed inAdrian’s arms after one last fight in the streets of Philadelphia.
A POLICEMAN SPEAKS: ’’The ambulance is a minute away-’’ADRIAN: When you get to the hospital, you’ll be all right.’’ROCKY: ’’My hands are cold.’’ADRIAN (she takes his hands) : Ill warm them; What ever you want.’’ROCKY: I don’t want the kid to see me like this.’’ADRIAN: ’’He won’t.’’ROCKY: ’’Adrian,you’re the only thing I ever loved. I only want us to be happy, Y’know?’’ADRIAN (pregnant with a girl): ’’I know. When you get better we’ll go away for a rest and get ready for the baby,’’ROCKY: I can’t wait to see my daughter. It’s gonna be great..’’

But,then according to the script: ’Rocky’s hand slackens in Adrian’s grip and his body slips into motionless repose. His eyes close, leaving his face sublimely peaceful.’’ADRIAN: ’’ Rocky?? Rocky?? Oh God, don’t go, Rocky. Please, Oh God don’t take him! I love you’, don’t leave me!" An ambulance arrives and paramedics force their way through the crowd.
PARAMEDIC: ’’We’re ready, Mrs.Balboa. We’lltake him now.’’ADRIAN (softly): You’ll never take him.’’

The scene fades and dissolves through the image of Adrian cradling Rocky’s head and fades in on the museum steps: Adrian stands beside the massive bronze statue of Rocky: Below her is a large gathering of press and friends.
’’ADRIAN: ’’Rocky Balboa passed away early this morning, and with my husband went a man who proved you don’t have to be born great to achieve greatness. From his humble beginnings, he became a symbol for many that life doesn't make the man, the man makes the life. As long as there are people willing to meet challenges of life and not surrender until their dreams become realities, the world will always have their Rocky’s . (she looks at the statue) "I’ll always love you.’’

Stallone's script concludes with this instruction: the camera pans up to the powerful statue and after a moment it dissolves into the same spot where years before an unknown fighter danced jubilantly and raised his hands in his victory over life. The scene freezes-on Rocky’s leap of triumph...

(Blogger Note: I am SO glad Rocky wasn't killed off in this 5th installment!
I don't know why this one wasn't liked as much as the others either. To me, it got back to the "roots" of the real Rocky character like in the 1st one.
He needs to live on no matter WHAT he does - like owning a restaurant called ADRIAN'S & not boxing anymore until..........ROCKY6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


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