Rocky Balboa accompanies his friend Apollo Creed to the rings 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
During a practice round, Sylvester Stallone told Dolph Lundgren to "really go at it" like how normal boxers do for 15 seconds. He ended up with a swelling pericardia sac around his heart and had to be rushed to the emergency room by plane. His insurance company thought he was faking it, saying that his injuries looked more "from head-on collisions when the steering wheels hit you in the chest". Stallone replied, "Have you seen Dolph Lundgren?! That's a truck! That's a steering wheel! That's a head-on collision!" His insurance company honored the claim soon after that. See more »
When Drago is training, the Thermo-graphic computer monitor repeatedly plays the same clip of him throwing a punch over and over, even when Drago is not throwing a punch. See more »
[In the dressing room before the fight against Drago]
you look good but just do me a favor, when you go out there try not to wear yourself out
Yeah, wear myself out?
You haven't been in the ring for five years
What are you talking about? You make it sound like I'm an old man. I'm in the best shape of my life I'm quicker, I'm stronger
I'm not saying you're not ready but personally, if it were me, I wouldn't mind postponing it a couple few weeks
Yeah we don't know anything about this guy...
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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 4, although it's considered predictable and sometimes very corny, is "The True All-American Movie"...believe it or not. It's one of the only movies in history that's better than some of it's prequels (Rocky 2 and Rocky 3 can't even come close)and it's messages of revenge and patriotism is fascinating. The plot of an aging boxer who avenges his fellow boxer friend's death in a brutal boxing match proves that you can seek justice and revenge honestly (through a sport or by following the rules of society) and it takes a lot of hard work to get to the top. It's all worth it in the end. Oh, and I almost forgot, America is number one! The soundtrack of american pride is great ("Living In America" and "No Easy Way Out). The final scene is exciting, even though predictable, because we think to ourself "I'm going to enjoy seeing Rocky kick this heartless communist's ass infront of the whole world... American Style" and when it's all over, predictable or not, you feel wonderful on the inside and proud to be an american.
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