1985 was arguably the greatest year of Sylvester Stallone’s career. At the year-end box office, it had the 2nd and 3rd highest-grossing films of the year. Rambo: First Blood Part II was in second place, but just behind it was Rocky IV, which for more than twenty years remained the highest-grossing sports film of all time. In the years since its release, fans have been divided over it. Many fans absolutely adore it, but others think it was too silly and comic book-like compared to the grit of the original film.
Stallone recut himself Rocky IV recently to bring him back to earth (Rocky vs Draco). Still, with its MTV aesthetic, the original film retains a significant cult following among Sly fans. And of course the Rocky IV The practice edit (set to John Cafferty’s “Hearts on Fire”) remains the best ever. The film also introduced the world of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago, who will be revisited in Creed II years later. In particular, he paved the way for all Creed franchise when Carl Weathers’ iconic Apollo Creed met his end in the ring. Here at Sylvester Stallone Revisited, we love Rocky IVso watch this episode of Sylvester Stallone Revisited and see what our thoughts are all these years later.
Sylvester Stallone revisited is written by John Fallon, narrated by Chris Bumbray and edited by Bill Mazzola. Check out a few more episodes below!