Tommy () - PopMatters
Of course, the Tommy story doesn't end there. In there was an all-star orchestral recording and, in , it became a surrealistic movie. Like “The Wall,” “Tommy” has a story which, in its core, is very dark, fueled Maybe the real ending to Townshend's story is more tragic than he would for Townshend's relationship with his own parents both before and after. Originally released in , the DVD release of Tommy brings back its hopeful Therefore, it also represents the death of signification -- the end of pop culture Ahead of his time, Russell reveals that even such a liberating relation to pop can .
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Rocky becomes so distracted with Gunn's training that he ends up neglecting Robert, who is being bullied at school. After learning to defend himself, he falls in with the wrong crowd and becomes withdrawn and angry toward his family. Union Cane wins the vacant world heavyweight title, while Gunn continues rising through the ranks. Still wanting to do business with Rocky, Washington sees Gunn's knockout streak and relationship with Rocky as a way of gaining control of him.
Washington showers Gunn with luxuries and promises him that he is the only path to a shot against Union Cane for the title. Washington hopes to take control of Gunn as his manager and keep Rocky on as head trainer.
On Christmas Eve, Washington visits the Balboa house with Gunn to explain the new scenario, which would financially benefit all of them. However, Rocky insists dealing with Washington will end badly and is dirty business.
Gunn drives off in a huff, leaving Rocky for good. Adrian attempts to comfort Rocky, but his frustration boils over. He confesses his life had meaning again when he was able to live vicariously through Gunn's success.
She reasons with him, telling him Tommy never had his heart and spirit—something he could never learn. When this realization hits him, Rocky embraces his wife and they begin to pick up the pieces.
After finding Robert hanging out on a street corner, Rocky apologizes to his son and they mend their broken relationship. Gunn wins the fight with a first round knockout but is jeered by spectators for leaving Rocky and hounded by reporters after the fight.
They insist that Cane was nothing but a "paper champion", because Cane did not win the title from Balboa. They claim he will never be the real champion unless he fights a worthy opponent, like Rocky; they drive the point home when one reporter announces, " A Rocky Balboa he'll never be!
Washington and Gunn show up at the local bar with a live television crew to goad Rocky into accepting a title fight. Rocky declines and tries to reason with him, but Gunn rebukes it and calls him weak, prompting Paulie to stand up for Rocky.
When Gunn attacks Paulie, Rocky accepts the challenge, but tells him "my ring is outside. During the fight, Rocky is seemingly beaten down before he hears the voice of Mickey urging him to get up and continue the fight, to go just "one more round. While Gunn is escorted away by the police, Washington threatens to sue Rocky if he touches him. After a brief hesitation, Rocky knocks him onto the hood of a car and quips, "Sue me for what?
The film ends with a shot of Rocky's statue looking out over the Philadelphia skyline. Heavyweight Champion of the World, who suffers from brain damage caused by the head-trauma he received at the hands of Ivan Drago in the previous film. Because of his injuries, Rocky is forced to officially retire from boxing. After moving back to Philadelphia, Rocky agrees to train and manage underdog boxer Tommy Gunn and helps him to rise to fame. Talia Shire as Adrian Balboa: Rocky's wife and support throughout his life and his boxing career.
Burt Young as Paulie Pennino: Rocky's friend, and brother-in-law. Rocky and Adrian's only son, who gets involved with the wrong crowds during the absence of his father's presence, throughout the training and mentoring of Tommy Gunn.
Richard Gant as George Washington Duke: Loud and obnoxious boxing promoter, who repeatedly tries to convince Rocky to re-enter the ring. He becomes Tommy Gunn's manager during his shot at the Heavyweight Champion title. Underdog boxer, who rises to fame under the training of beloved Heavyweight Champion of the World, Rocky Balboa. Throughout his career and rise to fame he is called Rocky's "shadow", and angrily seeks out another manager.
After his achievements as Heavyweight Champion, and the public's continued dis-appreciation for him, he attempts to fight Rocky in an unofficial street fight, only to lose; proving he was something to be forgotten as the public had repeatedly stated throughout his career.
Burgess Meredith as Mickey Goldmill: Rocky's deceased friend, manager and trainer; a former bantamweight fighter from the s and the owner of the local boxing gym. Burgess appears in new footage, filmed as a flashback to before Rocky's second fight with Apollo. Tony Burton as Tony "Duke" Evers: Rocky's friend, and former trainer and manager of Apollo Creed.
Reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World who wants to fight legendary Rocky, and eventually fights Tommy Gunn, only to lose. The film has cameos by sportswriters and boxing analysts, including Al BernsteinStan Hochman and Al Meltzer, and sportscaster Stu Nahanwho was the ringside announcer in the original Rocky film and was the ring announcer in each Rocky movie, save the sixth and seventh movies.
The character "Tommy Gunn" was played by Tommy Morrison. Morrison's nickname prior to his retirement from boxing was "The Duke" similar to George Washington Duke, who becomes his manager in the movie. Morrison claimed to be the grandnephew of John "The Duke" Wayne.