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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

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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When East Meets West, the Champion remains standing See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Instagram | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

27 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocky IV See more »

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:

$300,400,000
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paulie's robot was created by the International Robotics, Inc. in New York City. Its voice was the company's CEO Robert Doornick. Roger Ebert surmises the robot is an android of some type, complete with artificial intelligence. The robot is identified by robotic engineers as "SICO" and is/was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and toured with James Brown in the 1980s. In an interview with the Ain't It Cool News website, Sylvester Stallone revealed that he first saw the robot at a party, and was amused by it, so he decided to include it in this movie, so that audiences could get a look at it. See more »

Goofs

Before the bell rings to start the Creed-Drago match, Apollo's hand tape is gone when he points at Ivan. See more »

Quotes

Rocky: [Watching footage of the their previous boxing matches against each other] You know this fight with you and the Russian? You think it's not you against him?
Apollo: If it's not against him, whose it against?
Rocky: You think it's you against you? I'm speaking the truth here
Apollo: I don't think I want to hear this
Rocky: Look, you're a great fighter no doubt about that but we've got to face the facts too, maybe you don't want to believe it but maybe the show's over
Apollo: That's easy for you to say you're still on top what happens...
[...]
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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 30 Rock: Today You Are a Man (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Burning Heart
Performed by Survivor
Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Produced by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik
Survivor appears courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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A True All-American Movie!!!!
26 August 1999 | by MovieMan-112See all my reviews

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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