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Rocky IV (1985)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  27 November 1985 (USA)
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After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, literally destroys 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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Stu Nahan ...
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Sports Announcer
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Dominic Barto ...
Russian Government Official
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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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boxer | russian | death | champion | fight | See more »

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Get ready for the next world war. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$127,900,000 (USA)
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Paulie's Robot was created by the International Robotics Inc. in New York City. The robot's voice was the company's CEO Robert Doornick. Roger Ebert surmises the robot is an android of some type, complete with artificial intelligence. The robot is identified by robotic engineers as "SICO" and is/was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and toured with James Brown in the 1980s. In an interview with the Ain't It Cool News website, Sylvester Stallone revealed that he first saw the robot at a party and was amused by it, so he decided to include it in this movie so that audiences could get a look at it. See more »

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Drago: [after "killing" Apollo in the ring] I can not be defeated. I beat all man. Someday, I will beat a real champion. If he dies, he dies.
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Heart's On Fire
Performed by John Cafferty
Written by Vince DiCola, Ed Fruge (as Ed Frugé) and Joe Esposito (as Joe 'Bean' Esposito)
Produced by Vince DiCola and Ed Fruge (as Ed Frugé)
John Cafferty appears courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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One of the greatest movies ever made!
25 October 2005 | by (Southend-on-Sea, England) – See all my reviews

I can remember seeing this before it was released in England, as a friend managed to get a copy from America. I'd always been a fan of the Rocky series so I was really looking forward to this & I wasn't disappointed! I must have seen the film about 10 times before it was released in Endland, then it was about 3 or 4 times seeing it at the cinema (back when this was released I would only have been about 6, so my parents must have been annoyed at taking me to the same film!). As soon as it was released on video I managed to obtain a copy, which probably lasted about 6 months. I also purchased the album, which contains one of the best montage songs ever ("No Easy Way Out") and still have it to this day! I must have been through at least 10 copies on video & one DVD.

Obviously, the death of Apollo was heartbreaking to me, but Drago just seemed like a monster and I was eagerly awaiting the East Meets West clash in Russia, as Rocky avenges his friends death.

Such an amazing film and way better than Rocky 5 (and, in my opinion, the other films as well) so please check this out - I don't think it's dated well, but to those around in the 80's you should definitely watch this film as soon as possible!


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