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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.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

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

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".

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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bloodstain on Rocky's shorts during bout with Drago.
During the pre-match lead-up between Drago and Apollo, Apollo's gloves disappear momentarily.
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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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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 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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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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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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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.

Errors in geography 

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.
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.

Factual errors 

Drago's Soviet Army uniform has the wrong rank insignia for a Captain.
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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.

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.
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.)
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.
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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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.

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.

See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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