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Why? For many reasons.
To me the Rocky theme never grows old. It is the classic "Hero's Journey." The underdog in life that is challenged to pull deep within, fight the inner "demons," connect with one's true strength and inner potential and triumph in the end.
What makes Rocky IV different and more potent in my mind is the contrast in themes. In this movie, Rocky is at the top of his game (in fact retire with all the trappings of success) and is forced to look deep within again but for a much deeper and more soul provoking reason. His best friend and original boxing contender -- Apollo Creed -- has lost his life in the boxing ring to the testerone-driven, freakish, goliath-like Russian boxing challenger. This castrophe forces Rocky to do some deep soul-searching about how "he sold his passion for glory." (from "The Eye of the Tiger" song).
How many people in the business world and life in general, sacrifice their passion for glory?! Probably 95+%. Being a business coach, I constantly look for movies, books, stories that coach people in their businesses. To me this movie has that compelling message. "We must fight to keep our passions alive."
The other aspect that I like about this movie is the strong contrast between nature and technology. Rocky flies off to the desolated mountains of Siberia using nature as his training ground, connecting with his true inner strength.Read more ›
Rocky IV is simple enough to follow. Ivan Drago(Dolph Lundgren) is the next big thing in the boxing world. He's the enourmus Russian that looks unbeatable. He's won the gold medal and has cleaned Europe out. He comes to America looking to become the champion and put Soviet boxing back on the map. Apollo Creed(Carl Weathers) wants Ivan. The Soviet agress to the match to show that he's unbeatable. He kills Apollo in the match and then looks at Rocky like he's next. Rocky(Stallone) feels responsible for the death of Apollo. He's unsure if he can beat the Soviet. Even his own wife Adrian doubts him. It's now up to Rocky to rediscover himself and restore honor to himself, Apollo Creed, and the United States.
Rocky IV is such a hoaky movie it's beautiful. The East vs West set up is great. It's not just Rocky vs Drago, it's the United States vs the Soviet Union. This 1985 movie did take place during the arms race and it's a great patriotic tale. Very few movies have me made want to shout USA out while I'm watching them and Rocky IV does that.
I have to tip my hat to Syvelster Stallone and Dolph Lundgren. Both are in amazing shape for the movie. Everybody that has seen the movie loves the scenes in Russia where Rocky and Drago are training. It's so barbaric, tender, and motivating all at the same time. The two in there boxing scenes also look good.Read more ›
Rocky IV is one of 3 movies that came out in 1985 that has an anti-Soviet/Russian tone to it. Another one is: Rambo: First Blood Part II, because of them being the villains. The other one is the American version of Godzilla 1984, re-edited and released in America in 1985. There are scenes purposely put in and re-edited, and re subtitled to make the Soviets look bad, including a shot made of the Soviet commander launching a nuke at Tokyo. Another anti-Soviet movie is Rambo III, released in 1988.
The soundtrack is great and the songs in the movie are great. The training montages are well made and the fights are once again well choreographed. Nothing against this movie aside from Apollo Creed's death. Great movie, and Rocky's speech at the end is very well written.
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Love all things Rocky.....and Sly!!!!! What a talent this Actor has can't say enough good things about this man & he's a great painter!!!!!Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
My 7 year old daughter had to walk away due to the fighting, but our sons (9, 11, & 12) all throughly enjoyed this movie. Such a great movie to get you pumped up! Read morePublished 20 days ago by momof4
The only reason I bought this movie is because the Russian boxer is so handsome -- too bad he wasn't the main character!Published 27 days ago by A reader
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