The 1985 sports film “Rocky IV” may seem like the umpteenth sequel to the 1976 classic “Rocky” but, besides being the highest grossing film of the “Rocky” series as well as remaining the highest grossing sports movie for 24 years before it was overtaken by 2009’s “The Blind Side”, served as quite a milestone for sports films on a creative level.
See “Rocky IV” is one of the few sport movies that applies genuine sound effects from actual punches, bona fide training methods created by boxing consultants, and a bevy of other new special effects. Also, the film is recognized as being ahead of its time in its demonstration of groundbreaking high-tech sporting equipment, some of which was experimental and twenty years from public use.The most amazing part though is, in 2012, Olympians Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte noted that the training sequences in “Rocky IV” inspired them to use a cabin similar to what the resourceful Balboa utilized in the film.
Just to note, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals, 18 of them being gold medals. So…never say the character Rocky Balboa didn’t truly inspire the athletic world.