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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…
Rocky IV is to Rocky/Creed as season 9 of Roseanne is to season 1 of Roseanne.
3 / 5
Rocky wins the Cold War by punching a giant Swede.
So many montages. Makes me proud to be an American. A robot?
Le capitaliste contre l'homme-machine soviétique ; Rocky vs. Universal Soldier ; Sly vs. Dolph... J'veux dire, c'est de la marde, mais c'est difficile de faire plus divertissant que c'te marde-là. Surtout quand 30 des 90 minutes de ton film c'est un montage de Rocky qui s'entraîne ou se remémore sa bromance avec Creed pendant que "Burning Heart" de Survivor ou "Heart's on Fire" blaste dans le background. Two worlds collide, rival nations!
Everyone can change. Except Paulie.
I believe this film holds the record for most montages ever at 5. Pure 80's Awesomeness.
Ein Fest, jedes Mal.
I hadn't seen Rocky IV since I was seven or eight, a few years after it came out. For a long time after I thought Ivan Drago was a cyborg. Must've been because of Drago's punching power demo scene, all the computers and thermal imaging. Did not remember the actual robot in the film, Sico—"HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAULIE."—which has a touching backstory—Stallone had one for his autistic son and it proved to be helpful—and is equal parts creepy, ridiculous, and hilarious. The running gags involving Paulie and Sico are probably the best part of the movie. Well, except for the montage to Robert Tepper's fiery anthem "No Easy Way Out." Speaking of montages, other than the two fight scenes, the rest…
I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.
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