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Rocky IV (1985)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 27 November 1985 (USA)
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 ...
R.J. Adams ...
Sports Announcer
Dominic Barto ...
Russian Government Official
Danial Brown ...
Rocky Jr.'s Friend
The Godfather of Soul
Rose Mary Campos ...


Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Russian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance.

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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 »


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


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,991,537, 1 December 1985

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The number plate of the black sports car that Sylvester drives in Rocky 4 was Sothpaw. See more »


At the end of the Drago/Rocky Bout... Rocky gives a speech where he says, "Today there are 2 people killing each other but I guess it's better than 20 Million people". The Russian translator however translates this as "It's better than 20 Million Dollars". See more »


Rocky: [In the dressing room before the fight against Drago] you look good but just do me a favor, when you go out there try not to wear yourself out
Apollo: Yeah, wear myself out?
Rocky: You haven't been in the ring for five years
Apollo: What are you talking about? You make it sound like I'm an old man. I'm in the best shape of my life I'm quicker, I'm stronger
Rocky: I'm not saying you're not ready but personally, if it were me, I wouldn't mind postponing it a couple few weeks
Apollo: Postpone?
Rocky: Yeah we don't know anything about this guy...
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Crazy Credits

Only Rocky film that doesn't start with the "scrolling Rocky" logo. See more »


Referenced in James & Mike Mondays: Rocky (PS2) (2014) See more »


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No Credibility, But Sure Is Entertaining
24 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Here's another low-brained but very entertaining "Rocky" movie with one more interesting villain. Instead Of "Apollo Creed" or "Mr. T.," we now have "Ivan Drago,"(Dolph Lundgren) a giant Russian who is more like a machine. He's "indestructable" (and on steroids, too, and unlike some baseball slugger, he admits it!). He has the latest in technology, nutrition, etc., but you just know the much-smaller disadvantaged hero "Rocky Balboa" (Sylvester Stallone) will somehow find a way to chop this "Goliath" down.

Minute-for-minute, this might be the most entertaining of all the Rocky films, and looks good on DVD despite some graininess in the first five minutes. Rocky's wife "Adrian" (Talia Shire) never looked better: mature and pretty; the gruff and profane manager played Burgess Meredith is gone and the repellent obnoxious slob "Paulie" (Burt Young) has only a few lines.

This is the ultimate "David vs. Goliath" tale in every aspect and the final bout - held in Russia - breaks the all-time Rocky record for most punches ever thrown at two fighters. Of course, any real-life human would have been knocked cold about 50 times had they suffered the blows "Rocky" did in this fight!

This is a real flag-waving film with Rocky draping the Stars and Stripes around his shoulders. It's a totally unrealistic story but, all of these in the series were similar, credibility-wise, so just go along with it and enjoy the story. It's only an hour-and-a-half and story literally flies by.

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