In ROCKY IV, writer-director Sylvester Stallone follows the formula that filled box-office coffers the first three times out, taking the underdog "Italian Stallion" (or transforming him into an underdog, as is the case here and in ROCKY III) and giving him a seemingly unbeatable
opponent. The main difference here is that, by 1985, the lines had begun to blur between Rocky, Stallone's blue-collar American Dreamer, and Rambo, his reactionary, jingoist mercenary. This time the good vs. evil confrontation isn't black and white; it's red vs. red, white, and blue. When Drago
(Dolph Lundgren), a gargantuan, scientifically trained Soviet boxer, not only defeats but kills R...