Great American Moments in Hollywood Cinema

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3. Rocky IV – Rocky Beats Drago

Also known as the film that gave us Dolph Lundgren, a college graduate with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering who decided to try his hand in the vacuous world of movie acting, “Rocky IV” also pitted America against the Russians during the Cold War-era of the ’80s. Facing a seemingly unstoppable foe that soaked up steroid injections like the Red Behemoth he is, Rocky was outmatched, outmuscled, and even outcountried — the fight took place in Russia. But you know what? Rocky wasn’t out-American, that’s for damn sure, and he came out swinging and eventually won the battle. While not exactly the greatest example of subtle Hollywood moviemaking (okay, it was probably as subtle as a sledgehammer to the face), the film did prove one thing: never, ever mess with a guy wearing stars and stripes on his boxing trunks.

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