Rocky IV

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Rocky IV is a 1985 American action film about the titular character, Rocky Balboa, coming out of retirement to avenge Apollo Creed's death during a fight against up-and-coming Soviet boxer Ivan Drago.

Directed and written by Sylvester Stallone.
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Rocky Balboa

  • [remembers Creed at his funeral] There's a lot I could say about this man, but I don't know if it matters now. I guess what matters is what he stood for, what he lived for, and what he died for. You always did everything the way you wanted it. And I didn't understand that, but now I understand. I'll never forget you, Apollo. You're the best.
  • [addresses Russian crowd after the fight, with Russian announcer as translator] I came here tonight, I didn't know what to expect. I seen a lot of people hate me and I didn't know what to feel about that so I guess I didn't like you much neither. During this fight, I've seen a lot of changing, the way you felt about me, and in the way I felt about you. In here, there were two guys killing each other, but I guess that's better than 20 million. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

Paulie Pennino

  • I know sometimes I act stupid and I say stupid things, but you kept me around and other people would have said "drop that bum". You give me respect. You know it's kinda hard for me to say these kinda things, cuz it ain't my way, but if I could just unzip myself and step out and be someone else, I'd wanna be you. You're all heart, Rock.

Apollo Creed

  • We always have to be in the middle of the action 'cause we're the warriors. And without some challenge, without some damn war to fight then the warriors might as well be dead, Stallion. Now I'm asking you - as a friend - stand by my side this one last time.

Ivan Drago

  • [coldly interviewed about possibly having killed Apollo Creed during their fight] If he dies, he dies.
  • [To Rocky before their fight] I must break you.


  • [to Rocky after seeing Drago close to cracking under the strain] You got him hurt bad. Now he's worried. You cut him! You hurt him! You see? You see? He's not a machine. He's a man! You want it more than he does! No pain! [Duke repeats it three times, and Rocky echoes him each time] Take it to him!


[Drago's putting the pressure on Apollo Creed, who still wants to fight on]
Rocky: Champ, look, I gotta stop it. This fight's finished! I gotta call it!
Apollo Creed: No, no.
Rocky: Look, champ, you can't do no more out there!
Apollo: I'm here to fight.
Rocky: He's killing ya. I gotta stop this thing.
Apollo: I'm here to fight, promise me you're not gonna stop this fight.

[at a press conference after the Creed-Drago fight, announcing that Rocky will give up his title to fight Drago]
Female Reporter: Rocky, is the decision final?
Rocky: Yes.
Male Reporter #1: Is this the first time the champion has given up his crown?
Rocky: I don't know about that.
Male Reporter #2: Doesn't the title matter?
Rocky: Not until this is over.
Male Reporter #3: Considering Rocky's punching power, do you still expect an easy fight?
Rimsky: Yes, of course.
Nicolai Koloff: It's a matter of size and...evolution. Isn't it, gentlemen? Drago is the most perfectly trained athlete ever. This other man has not the size, or the endurance, or the genetics to win. It's physically impossible for this little man to win. a look at the future.
Male Reporter #4: Champ, how much are you making for this fight?
Rocky: No money. It's not about money.
[Paulie looks over to Rocky]
Female Reporter: Has the fight date been set yet?
Rocky: December 25th.
[Koloff grins]
Male Reporter #1: Why Christmas?
Rocky: That's what I was told.
Female Reporter: Where?
Rocky: ...It's in Russia.
Paulie: Are you nuts?
Male Reporter #2: Rocky, what's going on?
Koloff: We fight in Soviet Union, or we fight nowhere. Why don't you ask Drago's wife why she is afraid? Tell them, please.
Ludmilla Drago: I'm afraid for my husband's life. We have threats of violence everywhere. We're not in politics. All I want is for my husband to be safe, and to be treated fairly. You call him a killer. He's a professional fighter, not a killer. You have this belief that you are better than us. You have this belief that this country is so very good, and we are so very bad. You have this belief that you are so fair and we are so very cruel.
Koloff: It's all lies and false propaganda to support this antagonistic and violent government.
Paulie: [miffed at remark] Whoa. Violent? Hey, we don't keep our people behind a wall with machine guns.
Koloff: Who are you?
Paulie: Who am I? I'm...the unsilent majority, bigmouth! [tries to attack Koloff]
Koloff: Good! Yes, good! Insult us! Is more typical rude behavior towards visiting foreigners! But perhaps this simple defeat of this [points to Rocky] little so-called champion will be a perfect example of how pathetically weak your society has become. We go! [leaves press conference with Ludmilla]

Adrian: Rocky?
Rocky: Yeah?
Adrian: You alright?
Rocky: Yeah I'm fine.
Adrian: Why'd you do it?
Rocky: I just gotta do what I gotta do.
Adrian: You don't have to do anything
Rocky: No, Adrian, I do and I gotta leave this place too.
Adrian: So where are you going?
Rocky: They said they're gonna let me train in Russia and I just want to be somewhere where I ain't gonna think about nothing except him.
Adrian: Rocky, give it some time. Don't do this. A lot of people live with hurt.
Rocky: A lot of people don't have a choice, Adrian, I do.
Adrian: And for that you're willing to lose everything?
Rocky: Adrian this isn't everything. The house, the cars and all the stuff we got. That ain't everything. There's a lot more than this, Adrian.
Adrian: Before there were reasons to fight I could understand. But I don't understand this. Even if you win, what have you won? Apollo's still gone. Why can't you change your thinking? Everybody else does.
Rocky: Cause I'm a fighter! That's how I'm made, Adrian. That's what you married. We can't change what we are.
Adrian: [Softly] Yes you can.
Rocky: We can't change anything, Adrian. All we can do is just go with what we are.
Adrian: You can't go with what you are. You've read the papers, it's suicide! You've seen him. You know how strong he is! YOU CAN'T WIN!
Rocky: Oh, Adrian. Adrian always tells the truth. No maybe I can't win. Maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he's got. But to beat me he's gonna have to kill me, and to kill me he's gotta have the guts to stand in front of me, and to do that he's gotta be willin to die himself. I don't know if he's ready to do that. I don't know. I don't know.

Rocky Jr.: [Before Rocky leaves for Russia] When will you be back?
Rocky: Pretty soon.
Rocky Jr.: Are you scared?
Rocky: No.
Rocky Jr.: Not even a little?
Rocky: Wouldn't you be?
Rocky Jr.: If a big giant man wanted to beat me up I'd be real scared.
Rocky: Well, the truth is sometimes I do get a little scared when I'm in that ring and when I'm going to get hit or when my arm hurts so much I can't even lift it and I'm thinking I wish this guy hit me in the chin so I won't feel nothing anymore then there's another side that comes out that wants to take more wants to go one more round because if I go one more round when you don't think you can, that makes all the difference in your life.

[After Round 1 against Ivan Drago]
Duke: Alright, what's happening out there?
Rocky: He's winning...I see three of him out there.
Paulie: Hit the one in the middle!
Duke: Right! Hit the one in the middle!

[After Round 14 against Ivan Drago]
Rocky: What round is it?
Duke: 15. One more round. There's no stoppin' us now. This is our round.
[As the crowd chants "Rocky! Rocky!", Nicoli Koloff leaves his seat at the Soviet Poliburo to go to ringside]
Duke: No stoppin' now! You start and you don't stop! All your strength! All your power! All your love! Everything you've got!
[Nicolai Koloff goes to Drago's corner to speak to Rimsky]
Nicolai Koloff: [in Russian] You trained this fool. He's a disgrace. [Вы обучили этого дурака. Он позор.] [to Drago] Listen to them.... [Послушай их ....] Our people cheer for HIM!... You idiot! [Наши люди болеют за Него! ... Ты идиот.] [shoves Drago's head] WIN! [ВЫИГРАТЬ!]
[Drago turns, glares at Koloff, and grabs him by the throat]
Ludmilla Drago: [shouts to Drago, in Russian] No! [Нет!!] [Drago drops Koloff]
Ivan Drago: [to Koloff, in Russian] I fight to win! For me! [Я борюсь, чтобы победить! Для меня!] [turns to the Soviet Poliburo] FOR ME!! [ДЛЯ МЕНЯ!!]
[Meanwhile, at Rocky's corner...]
Duke: To win, you gotta knock him out! Punch and punch, till you can't punch no more! This is your whole life here!
Paulie: Yeah, knock him out, Rocko.
Duke: [as bell rings] Do it now! Now!!


  • Get ready for the next world war.
  • When East Meets West, the Champion remains standing


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