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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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Stu Nahan ...
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Russian Government Official
Danial Brown ...
Rocky Jr.'s Friend
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Rose Mary Campos ...
Maid
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Storyline

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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When East Meets West, the Champion remains standing 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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$127,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone has been quoted as saying the enormous financial success and fan-following of Rocky IV once had him envisioning another Rocky movie devoted to Drago and his post-boxing life, with Balboa's storyline running parallel to Drago's. However, he noted the damage both boxers sustained in the fight made them "incapable of reason" and thus instead planned Rocky V (1990) as a showcase of the dangers of boxing. See more »

Goofs

During the final fight, several shots show a wall perhaps ten rows away from the ring, revealing how small the room was that the fight was shot in. See more »

Quotes

Nicoli Koloff: I should say to the press, in all fairness, Drago should not even fight this man. Because he is a has-been.
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Crazy Credits

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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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No Credibility, But Sure Is Entertaining
24 June 2006 | by (United States) – 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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