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Rocky IV (1985)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  27 November 1985 (USA)
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After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stu Nahan ...
Commentator #1
Sports Announcer
American Commentator #2
Dominic Barto ...
Russian Government Official
Danial Brown ...
Rocky Jr.'s Friend
Rose Mary Campos ...


Rocky Balboa, heavyweight champion of the world, is the trainer for Apollo Creed in an exhibition match against Ivan Drago, a "superman" boxer from the Soviet Union. When Apollo is killed in the ring by the brutal Drago, Balboa blames himself and promises to avenge his friend's death in the ring. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Plot Keywords:

boxer | russian | ussr | death | fight | See All (119) »


He Could Have Stopped The Fight. He Could Have Saved His Best Friend's Life. But Now, The Only Thing He Can't Do Is Walk Away... See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky IV - Der Kampf des Jahrhunderts  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$127,900,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Conti was unable to score this film, as he was busy with The Karate Kid (1984) and The Karate Kid, Part II (1986). See more »


During the montage, whilst Rocky is driving around reminiscing about the past, there is a clip of Rocky and Apollo jogging in front of a mirror. At the bottom of the mirror you can see a small camera light moving back and forth. See more »


[Apollo's funeral]
Rocky: There's a lot I could say about this man, but I don't know if it matters now. I guess what matters is what he stood for, what he lived for, and what he died for. You always did everything the way you wanted it. And I didn't understand that, but now I understand. I'll never forget you, Apollo. You're the best."
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Raising Hope: Hot Dish (2014) See more »


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User Reviews

26 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Its the foundations to who I am today. Had I never scene it I would of never been inspired to pick up the weights & become a World champion bodybuilder! This is my personal favourite but not the best movie of the series.I am undecided between Rocky 1 & 2. Sly Stallone's life has just as been inspiring as his legendary character. He's had many ups & downs in his career & always prevailed. When he fist wrote Rocky he wanted to play the character & the studios laughed & Sly proved them wrong. Then 30 years later he wanted to finish the series with Rocky Balboa & the studios laughed at him again especially at 60! Sly proved them wrong again. We all need a modern day hero & Rocky is one of them. Sly has inspired people in the 70's, 80's, 90's & now the millennium. What other actor has done that? I'm sure he will do the same again with John Rambo!

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