Rocky IV (1985)

PG   |    |  Drama, Sport

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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.




  • Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV (1985)
  • Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen at an event for Rocky IV (1985)
  • Mr. T at an event for Rocky IV (1985)
  • Burt Young in Rocky IV (1985)

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31 October 2018 | cricketbat
| 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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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.


Apollo: His just an amateur, his big and stronger but his clumsy I know I can beat him
Adrian: Why do you want to fight him?
Apollo: Let's just say it's something I believe in
Adrian: Go finish your homework
Rocky Jr.: Ok, later dad later uncle Paulie later Apollo.
Paulie: later big man
Paulie: Don't you think ...


During the end of the 14th round, it can be clearly seen that Drago has thrown Rocky and is punching him in Rocky's corner. When the bell goes and the respective teams storm into the ring to split them up, it can be clearly seen that they are now in Dragos corner, with the red ring post behind them as opposed from the white.

Crazy Credits

The end credits sequence is presented with a slideshow of scenes from the movie before the last picture, also seen in the film's poster, starts zooming out towards the end of the credits.

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.


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Written by Peter Cox and Richard Drummie
Produced by Gary Stevenson
Go West appears courtesy of Chrysalis Records


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Drama | Sport


Release Date:

27 November 1985


English, Russian

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Wyoming, USA

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,991,537 1 December 1985

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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