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Rocky IV (1985) Poster

(1985)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The Soviet Anthem version heard at the match was the 1944-1977 version. It is highly unlikely that it would be played on the time of the event.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At Paulie's birthday party, he makes a comment to the robot. His mouth is shut before he is done "talking".
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Character error 

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".
During the First 2 Rounds of the Rocky/Drago Fight the USA Announcers are seen on the side of the ring right in front of the Fighters. The Main Commentator is talking during the fight but if you look at the quick shots of the commentator that should be talking his mouth is not moving.
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Continuity 

When Apollo is in his pool throwing balls to the dogs, he throws all the balls in his hand, then when it cuts to a different angle, all the balls are back in his hand
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During the first round of Rocky's fight with Drago, there are several shots of Paulie and Duke with blood on their shirts, when Rocky has neither been back to his corner, nor is he yet bleeding.
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Before the fight with Creed and Drago, just after the James Brown dance sequence, Creed points at Drago without gloves on, telling him he is going down. Then in the next shot, Creed has his boxing gloves on.
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At the end of training sequence when Rocky is running up the mountain, in one frame you can see footprints in the snow from previous takes.
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Before the bell rings to start the Creed-Drago match, Apollo's hand tape is gone when he points at Ivan.
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When Rocky is driving and thinking about Drago, there is a flashback to the Drago/Apollo fight, but one of the shots of Drago is actually taken from the upcoming Rocky/Drago fight, because the trunks are the wrong color and Drago is bleeding
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The shot of Paulie rubbing Duke's head during the Rocky-Drago fight is used twice.
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When Rocky first arrives in Russia, Paulie can be heard complaining about the conditions in which he will have to live in. He references not being able to watch the Rose Bowl game out here; however, the Rose Bowl game is not played until New Year's Day. Rocky's fight takes place on Christmas.
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In the Creed/Drago match, Rocky picks up the towel and holds it high in his left hand, cocked ready to throw. As the scene switches between the close-up on Rocky and Drago punching Creed, you can clearly see Rocky in the background in his white "BOSS" sweatshirt casually holding the towel at his side, away from the corner. The shot goes back to Rocky at the corner with the towel high and then back to the fighters. Rocky is again seen in the background with the towel low by his side away from the corner.
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As Drago lifts the big barbell over his head, there are fewer plates on the bar in the close-ups than in the long shots.
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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.
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In a brief scene, while Rocky is training for the big fight with Drago, Rocky is punching the punch mitts that Tony Duke is holding in the air. In one shot, Rocky is punching the punch mitts with black boxing gloves, and in the very next shot, Rocky is punching the punch mitts with white tape, no gloves.
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When Drago is training, the Thermo-graphic computer monitor repeatedly plays the same clip of him throwing a punch over and over, even when Drago is not throwing a punch.
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During the end of the 14th round, it can be clearly seen that Drago has thrown Rocky and is punching him in Rocky's corner. When the bell goes and the respective teams storm into the ring to split them up, it can be clearly seen that they are now in Dragos corner, with the red ring post behind them as opposed from the white.
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The boxing gloves that Apollo wears during his entrance are smaller than the gloves he wears during the actual fight.
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During the pre-match lead-up between Drago and Apollo, Apollo's gloves disappear momentarily.
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When Rocky returns home from his "favor" for Apollo and his son is filming, Rocky's right eye is black. In fact, in the "favor" fight, Apollo throws a right while Rocky throws a left. Rocky's head and chin are tucked down slightly to his right which would make it impossible for Apollo's punch to hit him in the right eye.
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Bloodstain on Rocky's shorts during bout with Drago.
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While Rocky is driving and remembering, one of the shots was of him after he won the Drago fight and this was a day before he even left for Russia.
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Crew or equipment visible 

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.
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The production's actual camera crew (cameramen and grips) can be seen in several shots during the climactic match between Rocky and Drago.
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Errors in geography 

In the closing speech, after the Moscow bout, Rocky says: "My son (in America) should be sleeping now..." If it's evening in Moscow then in most of the USA it's early afternoon.
Throughout Rocky's training in the wilds of the USSR he is frequently filmed with the Tetons and the Grand Teton in particular in the background. Only notable because of how identifiable and unique the Teton range is. Given that the film was shot during the Cold War, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for a film which is basically about the Cold War and the Russians losing, to be filmed in the USSR.
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At the end of the fight, Rocky makes his speech, then says "Hello to his kid at home who should be sleeping" And seen in the background of the house is a window that is black due to night time. However, Moscow (where the fight is being fought) is 8 hours ahead of New York. Thus, even if the fight ends at Midnight Moscow time, it's still 4pm New York time and even on Christmas Day, the sun is still up at 4pm, And his son would have no reason to have to be in bed sleeping.
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Factual errors 

The high-ranking Soviet officials who visit Rocky arrive in a black Mercedes limo. Officials in communist Soviet Union would never use a Mercedes because it is a symbol of Western economic might. They would use one of the Soviet-made Zil limos that communist party officials used at the time.
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When Dragos' Manager is yelling in Russian at Dragos' corner man, the caption reads " You trained this fool, he's a disgrace." If you listen carefully he is actually speaking english, and he says " This stupid jerk is unbelievable, he is nuts."
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Drago's Soviet Army uniform has the wrong rank insignia for a Captain.
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Even if Drago won the fight against Rocky he wouldn't have been seen as a hero, he would've been prosecuted for insulting the Russian Prime Minister and other members of the Politburo.
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Rocky and his entourage arrive at the Russian airfield in a Douglas DC-3, an American produced aircraft that was never used by the Soviet Union.
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Miscellaneous 

Rocky gets the worst beating of the entire series in this film. However, he doesn't have nearly the extent of facial damage that he received in the first two Rockys. In Rocky II, his face was literally beaten to a pulp. Here, his injuries are very minor by comparison.
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Plot holes 

Rocky somehow ends up with an incredible tan when he fights Drago, despite having spent months training, completely covered up, in the snow.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the Creed/Drago match, when there is a montage of newspaper clippings about Rocky deciding to fight Drago, the first clipping if you look closely at the article and read it... you'll notice that the article isn't even about Rocky, but that it is actually about the world series.
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.
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Licence plates on both KGB cars in Krasnogubernsk are not corresponding to the region where they suppose to be registered. (The first letter on one license plate doesn't exist in Russian alphabet.)
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When Apollo announces his intention to fight Drago before the press, a montage of newspaper clippings is shown just before this. The print of one of the articles, with photos of both Apollo and Drago, doesn't report the upcoming fight at all but instead is about union-employer negotiations at the Chrysler company.
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As Rocky climbs into his Lamborghini Jalpa and "No Easy Way Out" starts playing, the driveway "bricks" can be seen buckling underneath the tires in the close-up of them.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Crew or equipment visible 

During Rocky's speech at Apollo's funeral, the lighting for the cameras are reflecting in his sunglasses.
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Factual errors 

During the Apollo - Ivan fight, the fatal punch given to Apollo is a left hand hook,and in the close up the punch comes from the right.
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