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
The shot of Paulie rubbing Duke's head during the Rocky-Drago fight is used twice. See more »
What's happening out there?
He's winning... I see three of him out there!
Hit the one in the middle.
Right! Hit the one in the middle.
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Only Rocky film that doesn't start with the "scrolling Rocky" logo. See more »
On the USA Network version of the film, a shot of Drago taking steroids is reframed to edit out a needle piercing his shoulder. To keep time with the song "Heart's On Fire" playing in the background, previous shots of the needle full of steroids are slowed down. See more »
Rocky IV really stood out from the rest of the Rocky films to me, with the whole America versus Russia ordeal. Now it has been mentioned by other critics that this is inaccurate, but who really cares??? The point is that you really get to the point where you want Sly to kick Dragos butt in the ring. I enjoyed the training montage, and the boxing scene was so entertaining for me. And with the Russian leaders, and the Russian public standing up and cheering and clapping for Rocko.. a bit corny but so great.Talia shire in my opinion is at her best in this one out of all the other ones; she seems more confident and easier to get along with her character. And one of the most dramatic scenes to hit cinema was the death of Carl Weathers(Apollo Creed). The idea of fighting for the death of his friend, and for himself is just so inspirational. It just makes you want to jump up and get in the ring to help rocko. Out of a perfect score of 10, i gave this one a 7.
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