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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 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 ... Ivan 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

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He Could Have Stopped The Fight. He Could Have Saved His Best Friend's Life. But Now, The Only Thing He Can't Do Is Walk Away... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a 2010 interview in Britain around the release of The Expendables (2010), Dolph Lundgren claimed not to still have some of the Ivan Drago 'stuff' when asked if he still had the shorts because it was stolen in a burglary twenty years ago. See more »

Goofs

Rocky gets the worst beating of the entire series in this film. However, he doesn't have nearly the extent of facial damage that he received in the first two Rockys. In Rocky II, his face was literally beaten to a pulp. Here, his injuries are very minor by comparison. See more »

Quotes

Nicoli Koloff: [at the Creed-Drago press conference] You are not very realistic, are you, Mr. Creed?
Apollo: Now who is this guy? Where did you come from?
Nicoli Koloff: You can box, yes. But you are far too old to think that you can beat Drago.
Apollo: Is that a fact?
Nicoli Koloff: Yes. And it could be a painful one!
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Crazy Credits

Only Rocky film that doesn't start with the "scrolling Rocky" logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Neighbours: Episode #1.6947 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Chipmunk Song
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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An exhilarating, montage-driven 80s popcorn flick
31 October 2018 | by cricketbatSee all my reviews

The peaks of the Rocky franchise are the first movie and the fourth movie. Rocky is the Academy Award-winning drama and Rocky IV is the exhilarating, montage-driven 80s popcorn flick. Yes, this is a silly movie, but Ivan Drago is an intimidating opponent, and I think we all shed a tear or two when Apollo died. If nothing else, this movie gave us one of the best workout soundtracks ever - thanks, Rocky IV!


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$300,473,716
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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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