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.
Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. Written by
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The character George Washington Duke is based on real life boxing promoter Don King; the character even uses Don King's catchphrase of "Only in America". See more »
When Paulie is playing Santa Clause and has his "laundry bag" in his right hand he grabs Rocky Jr. with his left hand asking him if he's been nice then when the camera angle changes Paulie is grabbing him with his right hand. See more »
Why don't you become my manager?
Manager? I ain't never been manager! The gentleman who owned this place was a manager! But me I was always the managed... guy.
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In the closing credits Elton John's "The Measure Of A Man" plays while it shows stills from all five Rocky movies. See more »
Take You Back (Home Sweet Home)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Stallone
Additional Music and Lyrics by Bobby Simmons, Brett Bouldin and Sean Bouldin
Performed by The 7A3
Produced by Bobby Simmons and Brett Bouldin
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Fans Of The Series Should Still Like This One, Too
I think this was the only Rocky film I never saw at the theater. I guess I'd had enough by then. However, I did catch this on VHS and, despite all the negative opinions I had read concerning it, I was glad I saw it. It was typical Rocky entertainment: hokey but satisfying and generally enjoyable.
Richard Gant did a nice job impersonating Don King and Tommy Morrison, a real-life fighter, turned out to be a pretty good actor. Again, we see the familiar characters of Rocky, still sounding stupid; wife Adrian, older-looking but still faithful to her husband, and Paulie, still a slob and a low-life.
The final scene provides the usual over-done fight with.....well, if you've seen the others and enjoyed them - the fights and the stories - you should like this, too.
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