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
Though not stated in the film, Drago's character is a product of the spetznaz special forces program. It was commonplace in the 70s and early 80s for especially gifted boxers, power lifters, gymnasts etc to be recruited as soldiers. These exceptional athletes were assigned nutritionists and scientific teams to maintain peak standards, much like Drago in the movie See more »
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. See more »
Yeah I'm fine
Why'd you do it?
I just gotta do what I gotta do.
You don't have to do anything
No, Adrian, I do and I gotta leave this place too.
So where are you going?
They said they're gonna let me train in Russia and I just want to be somewhere where I ain't gonna think about nothing except him.
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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 »