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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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Rocky Jr.'s Friend
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Rose Mary Campos ...
Maid
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Storyline

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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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 »

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocky IV - Der Kampf des Jahrhunderts  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$127,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

After realizing how Rocky's previous opponents (Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang) had loud and animated personalities, Dolph Lundgren came up with the ideas of making his character, Ivan Drago, very stoic, not move too much and just "be there with an intimidating presence". Sylvester Stallone incorporated these ideas by not giving the character too much dialogue and making big close ups, especially in the eyes. See more »

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When Apollo falls forward after being knocked out by Drago, his arms are alternately at his sides/above his head between shots. See more »

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Nicoli Koloff: [at the Balboa-Drago press conference] It is a matter of size. Evolution. Isn't it, gentlemen? Drago is the most perfectly trained athlete ever. This other man has not the size, the strength, the *genetics* to win. It is physically impossible for this little man to win. Drago is a look at the future!
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Double Or Nothing
Performed by Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight
Written by Paul Williams and Steve Dorff
Produced by Bernard Edwards
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Heroic Rocky does it again!
12 March 2014 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Part IV of the Rocky saga has Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) battling the intimidating Soviet athlete Drago (Dolph Lundgren), after he defeated Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in an exhibition match. Therefore, is a revenge match for Rocky in the heart of Russia.

Like Rocky III, this is one of those movies I saw once when I was a little kid. While I don't remember much of it, I do recall rooting for Rocky in the boxing matches and do remember it as being of the more exciting movies to watch back in the 1980s. The boxing matches are well-choreographed, rousing and gets your heart pumping. Sylvester Stallone does great in his Rocky role and gives a very heroic depiction of his character. Dolph Lundgren is a formidable opponent as Drago to Rocky, and, throw in the two in the ring and you would get another epic fight of the century.

Overall, it's another nice piece of sport drama movie and one of Stallone's best.

Grade B+


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