Rocky IV

USA | 1985 | 91 min | PG

It’s the one where Rocky wins the Cold War (sort of). Heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone at the height of his eighties “hard-body” faze) takes on the Soviet Union’s favourite son Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in a potentially to-the-death match on Christmas Day.


The most memorable film in the Rocky franchise, Rocky IV features some of Stallone’s best work as a director (multiple training montages!) and a brilliantly over-the-top Razzie-winning synth-pop score by Vince DiCola (who also co-wrote the soundtrack’s single “Hearts on Fire” performed by John Cafferty). Oh, and there’s also a robot butler. — MALLORY ANDREWS


Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire



Keeping Score is a series that looks at the composers and stories behind the best, most beloved, and sometimes weirdest movie scores and soundtracks. Curated by Mallory Andrews.


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