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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.
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…
The most AMERICA of ROCKY movies. Viewed on Independence Day with friends and grilled meats. As Rocky intended.
"I must break you". Rocky Challenges the Soviet who killed his Friend Apollo Creed even though he appears out matched by a cheater. This movie is just a epic 80's movie with a speechless villain and a loud mouth talking hero.
Rocky IV goes beyond my expectations and is much better the Rocky III the stakes are higher in Rocky IV as Rocky goes and gets revenge for the death of Apollo Creed in the ring against Draco the Russian.
So lean and mean that by the time the Drago/Rocky final showdown comes you feel like you've only been watching the movie for 20 minutes. Yeah, yeah, I know it's ridiculously, dumbfoundingly jingoistic and not anywhere in the same aesthetic solar system as the previous 3 but there is something so charming about its naive, America-as-indomitable-good-guy outlook that it's impossible for me to find fault with this movie. Add on an awesome robot and the most montages per minute (MPM) ever seen in a motion picture and you have a bonafide classic.
I think this film's role in bringing down the Wall has been grossly overlooked. Through the power of a steel jaw & nationalism and backed by a trusty robot, a drunken brother-in-law, and a dead heavyweight champ, a malook from Philly and his trusty montages overpower the Great Red State to teach the value of changing. Changing is important, you know. It's something everyone can do.
Rocky IV: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack...The Movie.
Chalk it up to my age, but this was my bestest, favoritest, most badass Rocky film from my childhood. Hell, I even modeled my hair after Ivan Drago for a while.
Apart from Rocky's Adidas car-washing leisure suit and Rosie the Robot's cassette player, this film has actually aged fairly well. And I was glad to see my son really enjoying it. (Now wait till he finds out that real professional boxing is nothing like these battle royales.)
The Unsilent Majority
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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