Corrected entry: During the dinner scene when Rocky and Apollo are discussing Apollo's possible fight with the Russian, Adrian advises against the idea, claiming Apollo had "been retired for nearly five years." We assume Rocky IV happens about 1985, that would put Apollo's retire year, according to what Adrian said, somewhere about 1980, or maybe slightly previous, say in 1979. In the movie sequence, we presume Apollo retired as he said he did after his loss of the title to Rocky, and that (at least in movie time) was about 1976, when their rematch took place. So Apollo had been retired over 8 years, not "nearly five."
Corrected entry: During the Apollo/Drago pre-fight festivities James Brown is singing the song "Living in America". At certain times during the song James Brown is too far away from the microphone for his voice to be heard as it sounds. And at certain times his lips aren't even moving when we hear lyrics of the song being sung.
Corrected entry: After Rocky defeats Drago, he is speaking in the ring and mentions that his son should be sleeping by that time. In the montage following Rocky and Adrian's discussion about the fight with Drago (the one where they're on the staircase), there's a shot showing that Rocky's car has a Pennsylvania license plate. Moscow is eight hours ahead of the eastern time zone of the United States. For Rocky Jr. to be up past his bedtime watching his dad, the fight had to have taken place very early in the morning Moscow time. For example, if it's 11:00pm in Philadelphia, it's 7:00am in Moscow.JazzSinger
Corrected entry: In the first fight between Apollo and Drago, towards the end of Round 1 and even into Round 2, Apollo is getting pummeled. Before his eventual knockdown (and death) mid Round 2, we see the referee step in to try and control Drago, and he is violently shoved aside, and the match continues. Anybody knows in real boxing, within seconds the referee would have stopped the match and disqualified the offending boxer, if not already stopping the match minutes or rounds beforehand for one boxer dominating over the other.
Corrected entry: During the 2nd round of the fight between Drago and Rocky, after getting tossed to the ground by Drago, Rocky makes his way up and out of the corner and takes a couple of hits to the head and goes right back down to the ground and gets back up. The referee does not start a count on Rocky for being knocked down. Even though this is an exhibition bout, the standing eight count rule should still be in effect in this case. According to professional boxing rules (Safety During the Competition) the standing eight count is "waived in some circumstances." Considering Drago killed Apollo Creed and was killing Rocky up to that point in the bout, the standing eight count should not have been waived.
Corrected entry: During the inevitable training sequence about 25 minutes from the end, Drago and Rocky are shown shoulder pressing; Rocky the wagon and Drago the barbell. Rocky's weight is certainly impressive looking, but Drago's it is impossible. While the film-makers wanted to show the immense strength of the doped-up Soviet, there is almost no way he can slow press over 450 pounds shown on the bar. The world record in the Olympic clean and jerk is just around 500 pounds and that is with momentum and throwing the bar up.
Corrected entry: When 'team Rocky' arrives in Russia to train for the Drago fight, Pauly starts to complain about the Spartan conditions. One of the complaints he makes is that he will be missing college football's Rose Bowl game. The Drago/Balboa fight took place on December 25. Prior to the forming of the BSC in the late 1990s, the Rose Bowl always took place on January 1. Hence, he would have been home in plenty of time to catch the game. (00:50:15)
Corrected entry: In the scene where Rocky is driving his car after the talk with Adrian, he begins to have flashbacks of events that have happened in the previous three movies. During those scenes, there are a couple of shots which show Drago, standing alone in the dark with a strobe light flashing for effect making it seem like he's standing in front of Rocky, for the fight. His face in these scenes show him as though he has already been fighting but unless it's just Rocky's imagination it doesn't make sense to have it look that way since Apollo, didn't even make a scratch on Drago's face during their fight. Rocky is the only fighter to ever seriously beat Drago, so his face wouldn't have looked like that until it was their fight at the end of the movie.Rollin Garcia Jr
Corrected entry: In the scene where Apollo is playing with his dogs in the pool and watching the news announcing the arrival of Drago, he has one tennis ball in his hand, in the next shot from another angle he has three tennis balls, and in the next shot he has only one again.
Corrected entry: At the end of the movie when Rocky is addressing the Russian crowd, the crowd breaks into applause after Rocky says "If I can change, and you can change..." but before he finishes off emphatically with "...everybody can change.", the part that should spur the applause. The timing of the applause seems quite unusual, and is done merely to make the scene more dramatic.