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Your Turn: Rocky Balboa

From the Rocky film series, created by Sylvester Stallone.
Nominated by Chris Sowers

During the 1970s and 1980s and the struggles of the Cold War, one character defined America: Rocky Balboa. Rocky IV shows the struggle between Russia and America as Balboa clashes with Ivan Drago, Russia's premier fighter.

The movie leads up to the fight as the much bigger and stronger Russian picks a fight with the American underdog. However, as the fight draws nearer, Balboa's heart shows through as he trains in the elements, attempting to defy the odds.

When the fight begins, it looks as if the fight would go as many had thought: Drago beating down the American. However, halfway through the fight Rocky begins to pull ahead, until the very end when both fighters swing at each other stupidly. Rocky is able to knock out Drago in the last round as he stuns the Russian crowd.

His bout symbolizes America's view of the Cold War as a smaller and weaker country taking a stand against the powerhouse of the world. In the end, as many Americans wanted to believe at the time, they would find their victory through their passion, thus defying the world.

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