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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.
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…
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.
Sylvester Stallone by the time 1985 dawned was about to embark on yet another Rocky film and head back to the jungle for his other franchise with Vietnam veteran John Rambo. He was about to challenge a certain Mr Schwarzenegger for the action man of the eighties mantle before he made that huge mistake of trying comedy.
Rocky Balboa the character emerged back in 1976 with the story of a small-time boxer who gets his big chance at a title against all the odds. The film captured an audience who took the slow-witted "Italian Stallion" to their hearts and by 2013 came around had furnished 5 sequels of diminishing quality.
The Rocky franchise was the character that Stallone just couldn't…
From the Wikipedia entry for Rocky IV:
"Paulie's Robot, an item that through the years has enjoyed a cult following of its own, was created by the International Robotics Inc. in New York City. The robot's voice was the company's CEO Robert Doornick. The robot is identified by robotic engineers as 'SICO' and is/was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and toured with James Brown in the 1980s. Rocky IV has been interpreted as a commentary on the power struggle between technology and humans, illustrated by both Paulie's Robot and the technology utilized by Drago. The infamous robot has also been characterized as a 'pleasure-bot' to service the needs of Paulie. It was also performing the duty of watching Balboa's son while he and Adrian are in Moscow."
If I had the time to watch this every day, I would.
Full review at: fanboynation.com/rocky-iv-1985/
As Stallone’s creative control and ego grew, so did the obstacles and abilities of Rocky Balboa. In the first film, Balboa, much like Stallone, was an underdog fighting for his chance at the title. The first sequel provided a rematch and a triumphant ending. In Rocky III, Balboa must fight Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. By Rocky IV, Balboa isn’t just battling Ivan Drago, who is said to have the most powerful punch in the known world, but battling the Cold War. He delivers a speech which touches the hearts and minds of the Soviet people, including Mikhail Gorbachev who rises to applaud. On June 12th 1987, when President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” he was channeling the greatest of all Americans – Rocky Balboa.
Rocky distilled to its most basic elements. Plus a robot.
Ugh. The robot.
Similar to "Rocky III," but tilts less to the side of entertainment and more to the side of formulaic self parody. If you take out the montages, it's a five-minute love story about Paulie and his robot.
"Rocky IV". The film that teaches us that ALL Russians... are military!
Sure we could ironically call this the best Rocky movie, or we could cut off our twirling waxed mustaches so they're not blocking our eyes. The only Rocky film with the humanity and character almost completely missing.
So many montages. Lack of Bill Conti hurts the film. I hate that Adrian stops being a character in this and pretty much ends up being somebody to cut away to between the other shots.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If he dies, he dies
Oggettivamente il peggiore dell'intera saga, ma da piccolo era il mio preferito! E poi è divertente, dai...
- Transformers: The Movie
- Home Alone
- Blade Runner
- To Our Loves
- Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- Adam's Rib
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
I Like to Watch…
- Sharky's Machine
- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
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