Christmas Countdown: ROCKY IV, A Christmas Film?


Today’s Advent Calendar offering may be a little puzzling for people as Rocky is not a traditional Christmas film at the best of times, however, Rocky IV, the one about taking down the force that is Drago, and with that, the whole of the Soviet Union, would seem the unlikeliest of them all.

However, there is a tenuous link to Christmas as Rocky fought Drago on Christmas Day and he offers us some words of wisdom.

“I used to say to the kid, ‘the world ‘ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very rough,mean place. And no matter how tough you think you are, it’ll always bring you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it.

You or nobody, ‘aint ever going to hit as hard as life. But it ‘ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward; how much you can take, and keep moving forward. If you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth, but you’ve got to be willing to take the hit.'”

He also ends the film on a reflective/positive note, before wishing his son a ‘Merry Christmas’:

“During this fight I seen a lot of changing. The way youse felt about me and the way I felt about you. In here, we’re two guys, killing each other but I guess that’s better than 20million. What I’m trying to say, if i can change and you can change, everybody can change.”

** Disclaimer **: There’s not much Christmas Cheer in this clip – there’s about 10 minutes of full on fighting. If you just want to hear Rocky’s words of wisdom and Christmas greeting, then start this at about 8.30.

Happy Christmas!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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