The original Rocky, released in 1976, celebrates its 42nd anniversary today. Of the eight movies in the ongoing boxing saga, Rocky IV (1985) remains the top-grossing having taken in $117,235,147 at the box office ($503,065,400 adjusted for inflation).
RARE ROCKY PHOTOS
Sylvester Stallone who wrote, directed and starred the film — as he did all the franchise’s films except Creed (2015) — took the occasion of film’s 40th anniversary to share some rare photos from the shoot that feature Rocky and his Russian nemesis Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
ROCKY IV WORKOUT ROUTINE
Like all of the Rocky movies, Rocky IV includes the hero’s training regimen set to heart-pumping music.
Theatrically, the montage os scenes is set in Krasnogourbinsk, Russia, but the actual shooting was done in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park.
Rocky’s wintry training camp leading up to his fight with Drago, continues to inspire workout enthusiasts — like fitness trainer Eero Westerberg, who took to the snow to recreate Stallone’s tour de force.
Legendary Olympian Michael Phelps, who was born in the year Rocky IV was released, compared the farm cabin from the movie to the “dojo” at the Baltimore swimming club where he trained for years.