In 1985, a movie was made that displayed the attitudes and fears that Americans had of the former Soviet Union. Although the
movie had some flaws, it did closely represent the feelings of the era that was depicted. This paper intends to analyze and give
the proper credit that this movie and its actors deserve.
East meets West when Rocky takes on a vicious Soviet fighter who literally killed his last opponent! Sylvester Stallone writes,
directs, and stars in this war between nations in which the only battle is fought in a boxing ring. Rocky must defend his honor,
his friend, and America itself.
Rocky proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new
challenger has stepped forward: Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a six-foot four-inch, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the
Soviet Union. Rocky's friend, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) fights Drago in an exhibition match, but after Creed's fatal
defeat, Rocky knows he must avenge his friend and beat the Soviet adversary. Rocky's training regimen takes him to icy
Siberia, where he prepares for a globally-televised match in the heart of Moscow. It's a powerfully-charged event as Rocky
takes on Drago in a heart-pounding fight to the finish.
What makes this movie so great is that it captured our fears and hopes all at the same time. In a way, by watching this movie,
we were in our own way fighting against our Russian advisories. As far as the historical accuracy goes, we must remember that
this is just a movie. As with all the ROCKY movies, the boxing matches go on far longer than they would in real life. In this
movie, we saw the Soviet Training system as a finely regimented and scientific endeavor. According to Soviet sports training
books I have read, the kinds of training depicted in the movie may very well be accurate. There are only two things that may be
a stretch: The first is the use of sparring partners by Drago. The movie depicts...
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