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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.
Rusev > Drago
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."
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.
A lazy, self-aggrandising, heavy-handed, Reagan-fluffing mockery of the three superior films that came before. After the loss of Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers and Tony Spinell we're left with Tony Burton and Burt Young, neither of which have much to do here. Talia Shire's Adrian is almost completely unrecognisable from the sweet young woman from earlier entries and the lack of Bill Conti's score (especially "Gonna Fly Now" is a crying shame.
That said, Dolph He-Man is spectacular as the evil Commie bastard, Brigitte Nielsen does a great deal with very little and that beard really suits Stallone. This is 80s excess at its most vulgar. A flag waving monstrosity in comparison to Rocky's 1 to 3, but there are some…
I know this one is sort of ridiculous but it's the one I grew up with. I watched this way more than the previous ones as a kid, so there's a lot of nostalgia here for me. I remember holding my tape recorder up to the tv to record the songs. I still think the soundtrack is awesome.
Gone was Bill Conti's theme (until the very end) and gone was the sure hand that Stallone had proved he could give the franchise in the third sequel to ROCKY. I don't think I can even write a proper review of this film, I just have to get this out first: what was he thinking with that god-awful robot? Even Rocky’s kid suddenly became very un-Italian looking. Was that strategic casting? Anyway, this was the first of the series I caught at the cinemas, and I remember the experience well. I loved this film as a kid. Now as an adult, I think it’s total junk food cinema.
There are elements from the series that remain intact: the death of…
I'm Still Trying to Get over the death of Apollo
The Rocky series completes it's transformation to a kick-ass action franchise with it's fourth installment that plays more like a companion piece to Stallone's Rambo:First Blood Part 2, also released the same year, than the 3rd sequel to an OScar Winning Underdog Sports Drama.
LIke Rambo, Rocky battles the Red Menace in the form of steroid-enhanced Viking Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren, in his debut), not for a title but as Payback after the latter fatally wounds Apollo Creed in an exhibition match. A sports drama would have focused on Rocky's grief at the loss of yet another mentor, but there's a trip to Russia and a training montage scored to Survivor to get through before the climactic Gladiatorial Bout with…
In which Rocky invents crossfit and proves it doesn't matter if someone's 3 feet taller than you, you can still beat them if you're able to withstand 9000 blows to the head.
He must break you. Like I break ur moms vagina lol rekt
My review -- this film is now on DVD and Blu-Ray, I would like to stress straightaway this film may not be for younger members of your family, because there are scenes of violence and aggression throughout. Now with that being said this is one of my favourite Rocky films of all time, it has substance and meaning and the longest montages in history, in fact I think I would be right in saying this film is the only film that uses more than one montage. Sylvester Stallone as [Rocky Balboa] and Dolph Lundgren as [Captain Ivan Drago] work extraordinarily well together, the boxing scenes are of a very high standard, I would still like to see Dolph Lundgren on…
ROCKY IV is the first instalment in the series that stops trying to match the raw authenticity of the first, raising the stakes to cartoonish heights, and in doing so creates a fun glossy blockbuster that's one of the most successful sequels.
- 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
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…