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Rocky 4 (1985)

I must break you

(From Joe Bob's Ultimate B Movie Guide)

The most sensitive and intelligent movie about nuclear war ever directed by Sylvester Stallone. The Ruskies are shooting up all their athletes with steroids so they can dominate the Olympics, wiring people up to Radio Shack computers and turning em into killing machines. That's what happens when Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren of Red Scorpion and Masters Of The Universe) comes to Vegas to fight Apollo Creed. Ivan was a mere 7-foot-2, 280-pound boxer before the Russians started working him over with hormones and turned him to a breathing Caterpillar tractor. So he turns Apollo's face into a Grape Nehi fountain, and Sly Rocky Rambo has to put on a set of Ray-Bans and deliver the eulogy: "There's a lot I could say about this man, but I don't guess it matters now."
There's only one thing to be done: fly to Siberia with Burt Young, leave your wife at home cause she doesn't understand stupidity, wrestle some oxen to get in shape, run up to a mountaintop, throw out your arms, and start screaming like Julie Andrews during an electrolysis treatment.
In other words, time for 30 solid minutes of paint-the-ring-red Sequel Fu in Moscow.
Two breasts (Rocky's).
Nineteen gallons blood.
Twenty-two beasts (all Communists).
One dead Apollo Creed.
Gratuitous James Brown.
Kung Fu.
Robot Fu.
Pour-a-bunch-of-water-on-Rocky's-face-and-watch-him-sling-it- off Fu.
With the ubiquitous Burt Young, as the sidekick with no purpose who sits around listening to Singing Chipmunks Records,
Brigitte Nielsen as Drago's wife,
Dolph Lundgren as "The Siberian Bull" Ivan Drago,
Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed moonwalking to his death in Vegas,
Talia Shire even though she doesn't have anything to do for the second "Rocky" in a row, and, of course,
Sylvester, who stars, writes, directs, beats people up for world peace, and says,
"We're changing--we're, like, turning into ordinary people."
I give it 4 stars

Rocky movies are available on video and on DVD

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Although Rocky 4 grossed $125,000,000, Rocky 5 (1990) made less than a third as much and the series was cancelled. On Oct. 17, 2005, The Hollywood Reporter said Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as boxer Rocky Balboa in the sixth installment of the long-running film series, which he wrote and will direct, “Rocky Balboa.” It will be a return to "the tone and grit" of the first 2 movies. “In many ways, the screenplay really took me back to the original Rocky,” Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth said in a statement. “As a past champion, Rocky Balboa is once again a regular guy who has to find himself and deal with real life. This film brings Rocky’s story full circle.” Rocky comes out of retirement to fight some small local fights, then is matched with someone bigger. Stallone once joked that if there was ever a sequel to Rambo 3 it would be "Rocky vs. Rambo," though in recent years he's said it might be interesting to return Rambo to present-day Afghanistan for a rescue mission of some kind.
Shooting for Rocky 6 is scheduled for December in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, followed by shooting for Rambo 4.

"Rocky 4" was last seen on MonsterVision 12/25/99 following Arnold Schwarzenegger in Twins
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