By the end of the first round, Rocky and Apollo's trainer, Duke, plead with him to stop the match, but Apollo refuses to do so and tells Rocky to not stop the match "no matter what." Drago continues to pummel him in the second round and Duke begs Rocky to throw in the towel. ", Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story, Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Musical Score, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rocky_IV&oldid=986672487, Films with screenplays by Sylvester Stallone, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2014, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, David Lloyd Austin as Soviet Leader (uncredited), This page was last edited on 2 November 2020, at 08:50. Rocky IV was the highest-grossing sports movie for 24 years, before it was overtaken by The Blind Side. Use the HTML below. [12] The robot was written into the movie after it had been used to help treat Stallone's autistic son, Seargeoh.[13]. On Sunday, the 74-year-old actor took to Instagram to announce that a director's cut of the film "Rocky IV" is on the way. The third sequel to Sylvester Stallone's boxing blockbuster combines the ringside sports melodrama of the previous installments with the Cold War patriotism of the star/director's other motion picture series of the 1980s, the Rambo saga. [17] The most notable change to the film is the omission of Paulie's robot. Appearing as themselves are singer James Brown and commentators Stu Nahan, Warner Wolf, R. J. Adams, Barry Tompkins and Al Bandiero. 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. The boxing exhibition takes place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. He gains the help of Creed's former manager, Duke and travels to U.S.S.R. to take on Drago. "The robot is going to the junkyard forever, no more robot," Stallone commented. The court held that Anderson had prepared an unauthorized derivative work of the characters Stallone had developed in Rocky I through III, and thus he could not enforce his unauthorized story extension against the owner of the character's copyrights. [7], Additionally, Stallone has stated that Lundgren nearly forced Carl Weathers to quit during the filming of the Apollo-vs.-Drago "exhibition" fight. The two boxers spend the next dozen rounds trading blows, with Rocky managing to continually hold his ground despite Drago's best efforts. Subscribe to the Yes!Movies mailing list to receive updates on movies, tv-series and news of top movies. It was the highest-grossing sports film of all time, until The Blind Side(2009), which grossed $309 million (without accounting for inflation). [16], In August 2020, Stallone announced that a director's cut edition was set for release on November 27 to celebrate the film's 35th anniversary. A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. [7], Rocky IV is one of the few sport movies that applies genuine sound effects from actual punches, bona fide training methods created by boxing consultants, and a bevy of other new special effects. The musical score for Rocky IV was composed by Vince DiCola, who would later compose the music for The Transformers: The Movie. In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit. Stallone, suffering from labored breathing and a blood pressure over 200, was flown from the set in Canada to Saint John's Regional Medical Center in Santa Monica, and was forced into intensive care for eight days. [5] Apollo enters the ring in an over-the-top patriotic entrance with James Brown performing "Living in America" complete with showgirls. Rambo mounts a one-man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Conti, who was too busy with the first two Karate Kid films at the time, would return for Rocky V and Rocky Balboa. I do not understand how this film can have such a low rating, this is undoubtedly the best movie in the saga "Rocky" so far. "[36] Drago represents the totalitarian regime, demonstrating his power when he topples an arrogant opponent (Creed). Rocky Balboa accompanies his friend Apollo Creed to the ring in a boxing match against a Russian Boxer named Ivan Drago. Ivan Drago, a Soviet boxer, arrives in the United States with his wife, Ludmilla, a Soviet swimmer and a team of trainers from the Soviet Union and Cuba. However, he noted the damage both boxers sustained in the fight made them "incapable of reason", and thus instead planned Rocky V as a showcase of the dangers of boxing. Rocky ends his speech by wishing his son watching the match on TV a Merry Christmas, and raises his arms into the air in victory as the crowd applauds, concluding the movie. A veteran Green Beret is forced by a cruel Sheriff and his deputies to flee into the mountains and wage an escalating one-man war against his pursuers. [14] Timothy Anderson developed a treatment for Rocky IV on spec; after the studio decided not to buy his treatment, he sued when the resulting movie script was similar to his treatment. [37][39], Rocky IV has also 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's trainers.[40]. Austin later played Gorbachev in The Naked Gun, and Russian characters in other films. The film opened Wednesday, November 27 on 1,325 screens and over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend, it grossed a non-summer record $31,770,105. Rocky IV It grossed a total of $127.8 million in United States and Canada, and $300 million worldwide, the most of any Rocky film. 1985 US boxing film directed by Sylvester Stallone, sfn error: no target: CITEREFStrada1997 (, "Stallone Interview With Ain't It Cool News", "London 2012 Olympics: US swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte go head to head in first heavyweight battle", "The Rocky IV robot’s secret connection to autism treatment,", "Flashback: Peter Cetera Honors the 'Glory' of Karate Kid", "Sylvester Stallone Releases New Footage of Rocky 4 Director's Cut", "Sylvester Stallone Says Director's Cut of 'Rocky IV' Coming for Film's Anniversary", "Rocky IV Director's Cut Won't Include That Ridiculous Robot", "Rocky IV: Paulie's Robot Creator Speaks Out About Director's Cut Controversy – Exclusive", "Rocky Iv Movie Review & Film Summary (1985)", "The girl who wanted peace. The robot's initial voice was that of the company's CEO, Robert Doornick. After seeing his friend Apollo Creed die in the fight with an invincible computer-trained Soviet boxer named Drago, Rocky vows to avenge him, and travels to the icy Siberia in preparing to take on the Russian heavyweight. Paulie's robot, a character that through the years has enjoyed a cult following of its own, was created by International Robotics Inc. in New York City. Rocky IV 1985. One particularly forceful Lundgren punch to Stallone's chest slammed his heart against his breastbone, causing the heart to swell. Go West wrote "One Way Street" for the movie by request of Sylvester Stallone. Stallone wanted to capture a realistic scene and Lundgren agreed that they would engage in legitimate sparring. Highly recommend. Drago's camp agrees to an unsanctioned 15-round fight in the Soviet Union on Christmas Day, an arrangement meant to protect Drago from the threats of violence he has been receiving in the United States. Sportscaster Stu Nahan makes his fourth appearance in the series as commentator for the Creed–Drago fight. His manager, Nicolai Koloff, takes every opportunity to promote Drago's athleticism as a hallmark of Soviet superiority. In 1987, Rocky was released, based on the first four Rocky films. Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch. Drago's trainer comments that American society has become "pathetic and weak. View production, box office, & company info. In the aftermath, Drago displays no sense of contrition, commenting to the assembled media: "If he dies, he dies.". The director's cut will feature new footage of the Apollo vs. Drago match. Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young. Duke encourages Rocky by reminding him that he just proved Drago is a man and not a machine as he's been made out to be. Discover what to watch this November including a Marvel docu-series, a '90s reboot, and a Star Wars holiday celebration. Rocky IV is the only film in the series not to feature original music by Bill Conti, who was replaced by DiCola; however, it does feature arrangements of themes composed by Conti from previous films in the series, such as "The Final Bell". Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Brings Rambo and a Free Upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X, Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in August 2019, 10 Knockout Boxing Movies to Watch After You've Seen 'Creed II', 9 Things to Know About 'The Cloverfield Paradox', Everything Coming to Hulu in December 2017, Everything Coming to Prime Video in December 2017, Written, Directed and Starring Sylvester Stallone. Film_Fan. Dolph Lundgren received acclaim for his performance as Ivan Drago. After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of … The events of this film serve as the backstory to the plot of Creed II, where Apollo Creed's son, Donnie, is challenged to fight Drago's son, Viktor. [2] The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen and Michael Pataki. (1985). Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union. [20], The film opened Wednesday, November 27 on 1,325 screens and over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend, it grossed a non-summer record $31,770,105. "[25] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 42 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews. It was also the highest-grossing fourth installment of a film in the United States and Canada, surpassing the record of Sudden Impact (1983). The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. A novelization was published by Ballantine Books in 1985. [31] Rocky IV also won Germany's Golden Screen Award. "[27] Ian Nathan of Empire gave the film two out of five stars, calling the script a "laughable turd" and describing Rocky IV as "the [film] where the Rocky series threw in the towel on the credibility. He gains the help of Creed's former manager, Duke and travels to U.S.S.R. to take on Drago. Rocky's best friend Apollo Creed decides to fight him instead but is fatally beaten in the ring. [18][19] Robert Doornick, founder of International Robotics and the voice of the robot, commented that Stallone cut all of the robot scenes in the director's cut to save money on royalty fees that were given to Doornick in the original cut. Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union. [24], The film has a 40% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, from 48 critics, indicating mixed reviews; the critical consensus states, "Rocky IV inflates the action to absurd heights, but it ultimately rings hollow thanks to a story that hits the same basic beats as the first three entries in the franchise. Rocky honors Apollo's wishes, which allows Drago to land one final punch on Apollo, killing him. Only after Stallone forced the two actors to reconcile did filming continue. Stallone's future wife, Brigitte Nielsen, appeared as Drago's wife, Ludmilla. Truly good, one of the best movies ever and one of the greatest classics of the 80s. The Soviet premier in the sky box during the Rocky–Drago match, played by David Lloyd Austin, strongly resembles contemporary Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

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