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Rocky IV (1985)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 27 November 1985 (USA)
Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.

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Sylvester Stallone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire ... Adrian
Burt Young ... Paulie
Carl Weathers ... Apollo Creed
Brigitte Nielsen ... Ludmilla
Tony Burton ... Duke
Michael Pataki ... Nicoli Koloff
Dolph Lundgren ... Drago
Stu Nahan ... Commentator #1
R.J. Adams R.J. Adams ... Sports Announcer
Al Bandiero ... American Commentator #2
Dominic Barto Dominic Barto ... Russian Government Official
Danial Brown Danial Brown ... Rocky Jr.'s Friend
James Brown ... The Godfather of Soul
Rose Mary Campos Rose Mary Campos ... Maid
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Storyline

Rocky Balboa accompanies his friend Apollo Creed to the ring in a boxing match against a Russian Boxer named Ivan Drago. Drago is too strong for Creed, and unfortunately kills him in his match. Balboa blames himself for Creed's death and is determined to defeat Drago in a boxing match. He gains the help of Creed's former manager, Duke and travels to U.S.S.R. to take on Drago. Written by Film_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Get ready for the next world war. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky IV See more »

Filming Locations:

Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,991,537, 1 December 1985

Gross USA:

$127,873,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$300,400,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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No Easy Way Out
Performed by Robert Tepper
Written by Robert Tepper
Produced by Joe Chicarelli (as Joe Chiccarelli)
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Here Balboa travels to Russia to fight a brutal Soviet champ called Drago : Dolph Lundgren
22 August 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Charming and enjoyable sequel with the Italian Stallion taking on the brute , huge Drago , Dolph Lundgren . Once and again an interesting sequel , resulting to be passable but inferior follow-up to precedent ones in which Balboa is willing to risk his life against a violent Russkie boxer . Acceptable sequel that works every time and in which beloved Balboa is considering retirement , but he returns when Apollo Creed , Carl Weathers , is beaten by a big , mean Russian during a bout . As Apollo is crushed by an obnoxious , corpulent boxer , that's why Rocky sinks into a depression . To confront the huge boxer , Rocky goes Russia to seek vengeance and hoping win fame , confidence and self-respect , as he faces off a tough contender performed by Dolph Lundgren . About to be retired from boxing and back from riches to ring , Rocky takes on a new combat . Rocky is homaged as one of the greatest boxing champions in the history ; then , ¨The Italian Stallion¨ , the heavy weight champion , returns to take on the ultimate boxing combat , as he comes out from almost-retirement for revenge and to combat the strongest , youngest and faster contender , The Russian Drago . While Rocky attempts to prove himself and his family , his wife (Talia Shire), and brother-in-law (Burt Young) . Shortly after , and in Russia the coach Duke (Tony Burton) decides to train Rocky for the impressive match against the brave and invincible opponent , so Rocky can attempt to win him . Will Balboa knock the Russkie out ? .

This agreeable predictable entertainment displays splendidly the 'formula Rocky' , though loses strength in the numerous and subsequent sequels . The movie works in usual manner , fitting appropriately to franchise , even though we know the plot the film works . This soaper on the ring is developed in gentleness , dignity , feel-good style as well as the initial outing . Great training montage and spectacular and climatic final bout . Writer-director-actor Stallone new entry is surprisingly entertaining and packs good feeling . Here Dolph Lundgren isn't as much fun as some Rocky's former opponents . The Rocky's earlier contenders were the followings : ¨Rocky I¨ and ¨II¨ was Carl Weathers ; ¨Rocky III¨ the fast-mouthed and cruel boxer Mister T . Usual and nostalgic musical score by Bill Conti along with Vince DiCola and atmospheric cinematography by Bill Butler . The motion picture was lavishly financed by the producers of complete saga , Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and well directed by Stallone who along John G. Avildsen created the six Rocky saga . Here Stallone overdoes the hyper-jingoism and patriotism and relies too heavily on uplifting stock footage from previous Rocky films . However , this Rocky IV won several Golden Raspberries such as : 85 worst actor Stallone , worst screenplay , worst director , worst support actor : Dolph Lundgren and worst support actress : Brigitte Nielsen who married Stallone . Rating : Good , being impossible to dislike , the result is deliciously corny agreeable and predictable amusement . Although we've seen it all before , Sylvester manages to make it work one more time and it works every way even better than successive Rockys .

It is followed by ¨Rocky V¨ in which Rocky , nicknamed as the Chicken Stallion , lives from records being ostracized , but our hero returns as a coach , as Rocky goes back despite his own cerebral damage through a rematch on the streets , as he fights Tommy 'Machine' Gunn/Tommy Morrison ; meanwhile , the champ must adjust to his family's new life on bankruptcy ; subsequently ¨Rocky Balboa¨ proving his estranged young son Milo Ventiglimia who still can fight . And , finally , ¨Creed¨ in which Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis , son of the known boxing champion Apollo Creed .


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