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
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 »
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 »
[at the Creed-Drago press conference]
You are not very realistic, are you, Mr. Creed?
Now who is this guy? Where did you come from?
You can box, yes. But you are far too old to think that you can beat Drago.
Is that a fact?
Yes. And it could be a painful one!
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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 »
The Chipmunk Song
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An exhilarating, montage-driven 80s popcorn flick
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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