ROCKY IV—-or ‘Rocky Goes To Russia’. All this 4th bowlful of Balboa borscht offers, aside from needlessly baiting another country (a rather well-armed one) in an international entertainment forum, is the memory that a pioneer Rocky, one Rocket J. Squirrel, had battled the devious likes of Boris, Natasha and Fearless Leader without killing off Bullwinkle.
Stupid flag-waving garbage from 1985, deep in the bowels of ReaganWorld, written & directed by star Sylvester Stallone, it’s the worst in the series. The undefended planet was introduced to Dolph Lundgren and got a load of Stallone’s girlfriend/forthcoming wife-for-19 months, Brigitte Nielsen. Loyally perched at ringside to deliver Sly’s musings are Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton and James Brown, who belts out “Living In America”, so we can cheer the USA and then forget about making it any better.
Trained for $30,000,000, it was a knockout, scoring $300,400,000, a comment on something to do with intelligence. Ultra-macho Lundgren & Weathers did not get along to the point of real aggression. A reference site informs that “Wyoming doubled for the frozen expanse of the Soviet Union.” 91 minutes.