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Rocky IV: A movie of montages

Growing up, Rocky IV was my favourite of the series which said a lot considering the third instalment had my hero Hulk Hogan in it. The showdown with the Russian monster Ivan Drago could be the best boxing fight sequence in movie history (At least I thought at the time). Even Matt Stone and Trey Parker of Southpark list Rocky IV as one of their favourite movies ever! But looking back at this motion picture I realized that the dialogue was shit, the acting was sub par and story was pretty predictable. So what made this movie so epic?

Answer: MONTAGE.

This movie had incredible (yet terrible) 80s music and some of the best montage sequences ever. But unlike most Rocky films where there is a training montage and fight montage, this film goes a bit further and gives us a few extra montages. Let’s count shall we:

MONTAGE 1: Exploding Gloves/Rocky III Recap

Duration: 0:00 – 2:00 (2 minutes)

Song: Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

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MONTAGE 2: Apollo Creed/James Brown Funk

Duration: 23:15 – 26:05 (2 minutes, 50 seconds)

Song: Living in America – James Brown

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MONTAGE 3: Rocky Driving, Series Recap

Duration: 41:20 – 45:45 (4 minutes, 25 seconds)

Song: No Easy Way Out – Robert Tepper

MONTAGE 4: Rocky in Russia

Duration: 48:25 – 51:05 (2 minutes, 40 seconds)

Song: Burning Heart – Survivor

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MONTAGE 5: Training Pt. 1

Duration: 55:00 – 58:40 (3 minutes, 40 seconds)

Song: Training Montage – Vince DiCola

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MONTAGE 6: Training Pt. II

Duration: 59:55 – 1:04:10 (4 minutes, 15 seconds)

Song: Hearts on Fire – John Cafferty

MONTAGE 7: The Final Battle

Duration: 1:15:50 – 1:20:25 (4 minutes, 35 seconds)

Song: War – Vince DiCola

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MONTAGE 8: Victory/End Credits

Duration: 1:26:35 – 1:31:20 (4 minutes, 45 seconds)

Song: Hearts on Fire – John Cafferty

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TOTAL MONTAGE TIME: 29 minutes, 10 seconds

TOTAL MOVIE RUNING TIME: 91 minutes, 20 seconds

Yep, almost 32% of Rocky IV is music montages. Try watching any of those montages without feeling the urge to get pumped up!

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