ROCKY IV
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, USA, Dir: Sylvester Stallone

In the biggest box office hit of the ROCKY series, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is killed in the ring by Soviet heavyweight Ivan Drago (a very imposing Dolph Lundgren), and Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) travels to Russia to avenge his old friend’s death in an epic 15-round bout. Made while Cold War tensions were high, ROCKY IV shamelessly waves the U.S. flag, but when James Brown sings “Living in America,” you’ll feel like doing the same.


THE GODFATHER
1972, Paramount, 175 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall join Marlon Brando, who gives an unforgettable, career-reviving performance as Don Vito Corleone. When a mob war breaks out and Don Vito is seriously wounded, returning veteran Michael (Pacino), previously uninvolved in the family "business," is the only one cool and collected enough to pull the irons out of the fire.


ROCKY
1976, MGM, 119 min, Dir: John Avildsen

Sylvester Stallone wrote the script and starred in this Oscar-winning tale of a struggling working stiff who gets a shot at the world heavyweight title. Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Burgess Meredith provide knockout supporting performances.


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