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
During filming, Dolph Lundgren and Carl Weathers really did not get along and got into an altercation. Lundgren threw Weathers into a corner of the boxing ring. After that, Weathers shouted profanities at Lundgren while leaving the ring and announced that he was calling his agent and quitting the movie. Only after Sylvester Stallone forced the two actors to reconcile did the movie continue. This event caused a four-day work stoppage while Weathers was talked back into the part and Lundgren agreed to tone down his aggressiveness. See more »
When Rocky first arrives in Russia, Paulie can be heard complaining about the conditions in which he will have to live in. He references not being able to watch the Rose Bowl game out here; however, the Rose Bowl game is not played until New Year's Day. Rocky's fight takes place on Christmas. See more »
Going in one more round when you don't think you can - that's what makes all the difference in your life.
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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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