POTD: Sylvester Stallone Shares Some Rare 'Rocky IV' Behind The Scenes Photos

You may not have realized it yet, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of Rocky. The film release in November of 1976 went on to win Best Picture, and it's easily Sylvester Stallone's greatest contribution to cinema. Recently the franchise has taken a new form with the successful spin-off Creed, and we're still hoping for a sequel to come together sooner than later. In the meantime, we have a cool little stroll down memory lane from one of the older installments of the Rocky franchise.

It appears Sylvester Stallone has been taking a stroll down memory lane recently, and he decided to share some photos from behind the scenes of Rocky IV that even he hadn't previously seen. Check out the rarely seen Rocky IV set photos after the jump.

Here's the photos that Sylvester Stallone shared through his Instagram page:

Sometimes I really miss the process of directing

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Thinking about the next shot set up. I never saw this one either. 40th anniversary in November! A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on

Very rare photo... Never saw this before today. Always a pleasure being Smashed by Dolph.. November 24 is the 40th anniversary of the birth of Rocky!

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ROUGH NIGHT. Another shot I never saw before A photo posted by Sly Stallone (@officialslystallone) on

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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These are some pretty great behind the scenes photos, especially the ones featuring Dolph Lundgren. That last one is the definition of majestic. It makes me hope that we get some kind of commemorative artwork from the likes of Mondo this year paying tribute to the Rocky franchise, especially since the original is turning 40 this year. Even something paying tribute to the whole franchise would be great.