Rocky Balboa accompanies his friend Apollo Creed to the ring in a boxing match against a Russian Boxer named Ivan Drago. Drago is too strong for Creed, and unfortunately kills him in his match. Balboa blames himself for Creed's death and is determined to defeat Drago in a boxing match. He gains the help of Creed's former manager, Duke and travels to U.S.S.R. to take on Drago.Written by
The only film in the Rocky series where Mickey is not spoken about, although he is seen in the montage during the song "There's no easy way out". Also, the only film in the series where Adrian drives a car. See more »
The scene where Rocky holds a press conference to announce he will fight Drago begins with a newspaper clipping where the headline reads "Rocky vs. Drago - for Guilt or Glory?" with a subhead that reads "Public outraged over Apollo's death." But if you read the story underneath the headline, the story is not about the boxing match, it's about the upcoming Game 3 of the 1985 World Series baseball game between St. Louis and Kansas City. See more »
[Seeing Adrian for the first time in Russia]
I couldn't stay away anymore. I missed you.
I missed you.
I'm with you no matter what.
No matter what?
No matter what.
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Only Rocky film that doesn't start with the "scrolling Rocky" logo. See more »
On the USA Network version of the film, a shot of Drago taking steroids is reframed to edit out a needle piercing his shoulder. To keep time with the song "Heart's On Fire" playing in the background, previous shots of the needle full of steroids are slowed down. See more »
The peaks of the Rocky franchise are the first movie and the fourth movie. Rocky is the Academy Award-winning drama and Rocky IV is the exhilarating, montage-driven 80s popcorn flick. Yes, this is a silly movie, but Ivan Drago is an intimidating opponent, and I think we all shed a tear or two when Apollo died. If nothing else, this movie gave us one of the best workout soundtracks ever - thanks, Rocky IV!
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