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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.
The best Rocky movie cuz there's a robot in it.
Jesus, no wonder Russia doesn't like America. I have to say though, there are parts of the final fight between Rocky and Drago that are exhilarating. Shame they're overshadowed by gaudy nationalism and lazy racial stereotyping.
James Brown sings, Apollo Creed dances, Paulie is dating a robot, a couple of training montages plus a flashback one for good measure, some great 80's songs, EVIL Russians, an annoying kid, a trip to Russia, lots of snow, Rocky's made of iron, Adrian is distraught for about 93% of the movie, Rocky hates the Russians, the Russians hate Rocky....but in the end Rocky shows everyone the way and I'm pretty sure creates World Peace.
More campy and ridiculous than the previous ones, with a villain who seems taken straight out of a comic book, and with more training montages than fights. Nevertheless, it still work as piece of entertainment, despite the presence of the robot.
Some of the best montage work to grace the screen
I’m writing this to the sound of ‘Heart’s on Fire’ by John Cafferty. On loop. Obviously.
The fourth Rocky movie is probably the most 1980's movie ever made. I say that a lot about 1980's films, but godDAMN this has everything – including more montages that you’d think was possible/acceptable. Bits of it are laughable, especially the dialogue-driven emotional moments, but the purely visceral bits, and by that I mean the absolutely brilliant fights (better than those in the original – YES!) and of course, the montages, which are so fucking pumping that you’d have to a heart of stone (and not of fire) to resist. It’s also amazing how visual Rocky IV is – seriously, if you didn’t speak…
a montage within a montage, set to a synthesiser.
"Uh, Rock, you remember what I said about wantin' to be you?"
Even with all Manichaeism involving Russia and the United States, this is still a good movie.
the most under appreciated sub-genre (recommendations welcome: I could only think of the first two). semi-loose criteria.
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