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The original Rocky, released in 1976, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this November. Of the seven movies in the ongoing boxing saga, Rocky IV (1985) remains the top grossing having taken in $127,873,716 at the box office.

Sylvester Stallone who wrote, directed and starred the film — as he did all the franchise’s films except Creed (2015) — recently shared some rare photos from the shoot that feature Rocky and his Russian nemesis Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).

Well we're on the subject a couple of more Rare photos. November 24th is the 40th anniversary of Rocky! Time flies

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Thinking about the next shot set up. I never saw this one either. 40th anniversary in November!

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ROUGH NIGHT. Another shot I never saw before

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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.