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Rocky IV Behind The Scenes

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Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1985 Action / Adventure movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young et al.
Contributed by: Chris Lennon
In some of the fight scenes in the ring in this movie, Stallone actually had to stand on a box to reach Dolph! You, of course, don't see the box but it was there for some of the punches to drago's face, in order for him to reach Lundgren.
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Sylvester and Dolph, at some points of the film, actually did box for real. Sylvester thought this would add to the realism.

Well apparently it got too real, he injured his rib area and his heart .. And, according to Stallone, spent 5 days in hospital after being flown by helicopter to intensive care.
Contributed by: Nick
Dolph Lundgren really did put Stallone in hospital for a week during production. He hit him so hard that according to his brother Frank, it actually moved his heart in his chest cavity, causing an immediate helicopter transfer to intensive care.

"He's a tough guy, but maybe I did hit him too hard", says Lundgren about the incident...
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During this film, it was still undetermined whether Burt Young had got over his crush on Talia Shire, which might account for his great performance toward Rocky, his true feelings coming through as tension, anger, and jealousy.
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The scene(s) where Rocky is supposed to be in Siberia are faked, he's in Wyoming...
Contributed by: Nick
Dolph Lundgren's amazed reaction to the James Brown scene in Vegas after being lifted into the spotlight was real, according to the actor.

"The look on my 27 year old face in that scene is priceless.. That is not acting.. It was this Swedish kid becoming a movie star"
Contributed by: Nick
Carl Weathers "death twitches" after his dead-weight fall to the ring were so convincing that they alarmed the on-set doctor, who ran to the actor thinking he really had been seriously injured.

"He really thought I'd been tagged" said Weathers.
Contributed by: Nick
Stallone originally envisaged Drago as a big, lumbering Soviet hairy monster but revised the story to make him the product of evil Soviet science after screen testing Dolph for the role.
Contributed by: Nick
Stallone has said that he based the storyof Rocky IV on the classic fights between Joe Louis and Nazi champion Max Schmeling but made more relevant by having the enemy "Cold War" instead of Nazi
Contributed by: Nick
A 27 Mar 1983 Los Angeles Herald Examiner article stated that Sylvester Stallone would forego a salary on Rocky IV in exchange for a 50 percent share of the gross from film rentals after MGM/UA recouped its negative cost.
Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
Contributed by: Tony Cross
There was a scene in the trailer that wasn't in the movie. It depicts Rocky standing in front of a boxing commission who states that Rocky will be stripped of his title if he fights in Russia. This scene appears in the DVD trailer.
Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
Rocky IV