the most under appreciated sub-genre (recommendations welcome: I could only think of the first two). semi-loose criteria.
He's facing the ultimate challenge. And fighting for his life.
Rocky must come out of retirement to battle a gargantuan Soviet fighter named Drago, who brutally punished Rocky's friend and former rival, Apollo Creed. Seeking revenge in the name of his fallen comrade and his country, Rocky agrees to fight Drago in Moscow on Christmas, and the bout changes both fighters -- and the world.
90 percent montage. 5 percent Sylvester Stallone's russia-beard. 2 percent ridiculous 80's robot. 2 percent Carl fucking Weathers getting punched-in-the-head to death. 1 percent not giving a fuck. 100 percent American.
Who doesn't love this film??????? IDK how anyone couldn't, Now i couldn't tell you how many times i've seen Rocky IV, but i would guess it's in the 100's. There were a few movies that from the age of 8 through the age of 17, If I wanted to just watch an awesome movie that had great entertainment value, and Rocky IV was on thet list.
Now I do realize as an adult now that it is extraordinarily cheesy, and there is about 30 minutes of montages, and like they run almost back to back to back. From the moment Rocky gets in the Lambo, thinking about the Apollo dying, and then there is a 5 minute break when Pauly…
The most commercially successful film in Rocky franchise that utilises the tension between US & USSR to its advantage, there is no denying that Rocky IV brims with a strong dose of patriotism from start to finish but apart from that and a truly intimidating antagonist, there is nothing impressive about it for the story is only as good as the previous two chapters.
The fourth instalment in the Rocky series, Rocky IV continues the journey of Rocky Balboa as the reigning world heavyweight champion challenges a virtually invincible opponent from the Soviet Union for a match in Moscow in order to avenge the death of Apollo Creed, who was mercilessly beaten to death by the Russian in an exhibition match,…
I will forever be impressed that a 90 minute movie was able to fit in 3 montages and a full-length performance of Living in America by James Brown.
A few stray notes that likely won't make it in the final piece:
-This movie has more training montages than fights. By a fair margin.
-Rocky and Adrian have almost the exact same argument in ROCKY III and ROCKY IV (whether to fight or not fight), except this time they've completely switched positions. In ROCKY III, Rocky yells "I don’t want to lose what I got!” and Adrian says who cares. In ROCKY IV, when Rocky tells her he's going to fight Drago, Adrian asks "You’re willing to lose everything?” and Rocky replies, “Adrian, this ain’t everything. This house, the cars, all the stuff we got, it ain’t everything." Seen years apart, no one would notice; viewed back to back…
Back in the eighties Sylvester Stallone took it upon himself to be Americas most patriotic actor. Stallone started kicking Russian butt in style with his Vietnam War Veteran John Rambo taking on the red menace in Rambo:First Blood Part II in early 1985 before returning with arguably his most iconic character, Rocky Balboa, in his fourth outing as the Italian Stallion.
If you ever wanted to know the plot to this film, all you had to do was listen to the theme tune. Survivor's Burning Heart couldn't be a better synopsis of a film that saw tragedy, a chance for revenge, and an East versus West battle of sporting superpowers. Home of the brave, land of the free, our Sly…
Ended the Cold War.
Hilariously bad (but completely watchable) installment in a series that actually has more wins than losses. I never understood why Drago is the villain in this film, as each of the "heroes" is infinitely more self-absorbed and reckless. Cut out the montages and there's maybe 23 minutes of film here. And don't get me started on the Russians cheering for Rocky at the fight's end....in front of Gorbachev.
Tal vez sea la mas cursi y se separe por mucho de la esencia original de la saga, pero de cierto modo trabaja muy bien con lo que tiene, creando una entrega llena de acción.
Without a doubt, the most music montage movie ever made. Pink Floyd's the Wall has nothing on this.
Even better, as Jimmy Duke said, Sergei Eisenstein gave the world the Montage. Rocky IV did him one better.
Loved it. It's Rocky brought to it's most ridiculous and awesome over the top ever.
I must break you.
Before they became allies in The Expendables Barney and Gunnar are mortal enemies with the other one out for honor and the other one out for revenge
What won the Cold War for America? Was it the tearing down of the Berlin Wall? No...... Was it landing a man on the moon? Not that either...... Glasnost, Perestroika, SALT II; any of those? Not quite... Rocky IV. When Rocky Balboa defeated Ivan Drago wearing american flag shorts to avenge his fallen friend.
Really, this movie is a cool training montage with a super 80's, mid Cold War, Patriotic vibe wrapped in a boxing film. It isn't the greatest movie in the franchise, however, it is fun to watch, and really isn't that what its about?
On the latest The Blank Slate Movie Podcast
I love this franchise and now I really love this movie. It rightfully moves Rocky from being a man to becoming a symbol. This is easily one of the most fascinating episode of the podcast we've done.
The best one since the original for me, Sylvester Stallone does it again by facing a new enemy and in a emotionally strung film (no spoilers), the character development is highly evident in this one.
Did Stallone ever direct music videos? Because if he didn't, he missed his vocation. Those montages, man....those montages....
In fact, this is a film of montages. Its Rocky MTV!
Let's be clear, we are all in agreement that Rocky IV is utterly dumb. It is completely stupid and so far removed from both reality in general and the reality of the first (and second) film that it ought to sink the franchise. So many stupid things happen in Rocky IV; like how we're supposed to believe that Rocky, a much older fighter who has nearly been destroyed by several other boxers in his career, can now go toe to toe with Ivan Drago, a steroid bingeing soviet fighter, whose punches…
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