Rocky IV

MGM / United Artists Released 1985




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Sylvester Stallone

Rocky IV pitts the heroic Italian Stallion against a formidable Russian foe in the fight of his life. Rocky is at the peak of his career and his former opponent, and now good friend Apollo Creed, wants to recapture some glory as well, and to this end, sets up a match with new kid on the block Ivan Drago, a towering Russian behemoth with murder in his eyes. And murder is what results as the blond beast kills Apollo Creed dead in the ring, to the anguished Rocky's dismay. Rocky vows to get revenge for his good friend and commits to fight Drago on his own turf. Armed with Apollo's trainer Duke, Rocky gets into the shape of his life and takes on Ivan in a bone crushing match that defined the 80s.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Whereas Stallone with "Rambo" is messing around with real places and real events, in Rocky IV we all know that this is pure Hollywood, pure fantasy. And very well made Hollywood fa...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Rocky IV is movie-making by the numbers. Even the climactic fight scene isn't as exciting as it should be, maybe because we know with a certainty born of long experience how it wil...

  • 40

    Empire Ian Nathan

    The jingoism is blindingly awful, but by the time of the showdown, the film has descended into an unaware parody of itself.

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    • Production Budget - $28,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $127,873,716 (3rd)
      Worldwide Gross - $300,373,716 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $293,929,443
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $690,436,485

    • Filming locations include:
      Fremont Mansion, Los Angeles, California
      Grand Teton National Park, Moose, Wyoming
      Jackson Airport, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
      Jackson Hole, Wyoming
      Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California
      The Agrodome, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

    • Taglines:
      1. Get ready for the next world war.
      2. When East Meets West, the Champion remains standing.
      3. He's facing the ultimate challenge. And fighting for his life.
      4. He Could Have Stopped The Fight. He Could Have Saved His Best Friend's Life. But Now, The Only Thing He Can't Do Is Walk Away...

    • Music:
      Eye Of The Tiger
      Performed by Survivor
      Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
      One Way Street
      Performed by Go West
      Written by Peter Cox and Richard Drummie
      Double Or Nothing
      Performed by Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight
      Written by Paul Williams and Steve Dorff
      Living In America
      Performed by James Brown
      Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
      No Easy Way Out
      Performed by Robert Tepper
      Written by Robert Tepper
      Burning Heart
      Performed by Survivor
      Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
      The Chipmunk Song
      Heart's On Fire
      Performed by John Cafferty
      Written by Vince DiCola, Ed Fruge and Joe Esposito
      Sweetest Victory
      Performed by Mark Torien
      Written by Jake Hooker and Duane Hitchings


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