Rocky is back and this time he's fighting an unbeatable Russian automaton named Drago (Dolph Lundgren). What does this huge Russkie have in store for Rocky? Can he remain the champ? Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring familiar faces Stallone, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, and Burt Young, ROCKY IV finds Balboa maturing, having to deal with a growing family as well as reevaluating his career and his future. The intense battles between Balboa and Drago were representative at the time of the last gasps of the cold war.