PG | | Drama, Sport
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.
The Soviet Premier in the sky box during the Rocky vs. Drago match strongly resembles contemporary Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Actor David Lloyd Austin later played Gorbachev in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) and other Russian characters in other films.
We always have to be in the middle of the action 'cause we're the warriors. And without some challenge, without some damn war to fight then the warriors might as well be dead, Stallion. Now I'm asking you - as a friend - stand by my side this one ...
The production's actual camera crew (cameramen and grips) can be seen in several shots during the climactic match between Rocky and Drago.
Only Rocky film that doesn't start with the "scrolling Rocky" logo.
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.
$19,991,537 (USA) (1 December 1985)