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Cobra (1986)

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A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.

Director:

George P. Cosmatos

Writers:

Paula Gosling (novel), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Marion Cobretti
Brigitte Nielsen ... Ingrid
Reni Santoni ... Gonzales
Andrew Robinson ... Detective Monte
Brian Thompson ... Night Slasher
John Herzfeld ... Cho
Lee Garlington ... Nancy Stalk
Art LaFleur ... Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)
Marco Rodríguez ... Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
Ross St. Phillip Ross St. Phillip ... Security Guard
Val Avery ... Chief Halliwell
David Rasche ... Dan
John Hauk John Hauk ... Low Rider
Nick Angotti Nick Angotti ... Prodski
Nina Axelrod ... Waitress
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Storyline

As crime runs rampant in the United States, the hard-as-nails LAPD Lieutenant, Marion "Cobra" Cobretti, is the only cure for the crime-infested urban jungle of Los Angeles. In the meantime, a string of seemingly unconnected and unmotivated random assaults on civilians will soon drag the hardened officer into a violent war against the psychopaths of the secret organisation named "The New World". With the criminal society's sole purpose to weed out the weak, Cobra will escort an important witness--the young model, Ingrid--out of town to protect her; however, the movement's delusional killers will stop at nothing to track her down. Now, the only one who stands in their way is the one-man-army Lieutenant. Are they prepared for Cobra's nasty bite? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

The strong arm of the law. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Israel

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kobra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$49,042,224

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,000,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Ultra Stereo (35 mm prints) (as Eagle Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Sylvester Stallone was not on set, George P. Cosmatos acted like a tyrannical person to the cast and crew which rubbed many people the wrong way including Brian Thompson, who Cosmatos said to him "If you had listened to me, you would've had a better performance" which he didn't take too kindly to. Thompson referred to him as a "pale chain smoker". See more »

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The supermarket shooter at the beginning pulls his shotgun out from under his coat and racks it, ejecting a shell. There was no need to rack the shotgun if there was already a shell chambered. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marion Cobretti: [narrating] In America, there's a burglary every 11 seconds, an armed robbery every 65 seconds, a violent crime every 25 seconds, a murder every 24 minutes and 250 rapes a day.
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German theatrical version was edited for violence (the final confrontation between the Night Slasher and Cobretti) to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

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Referenced in Samurai Cop (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Voice of America's Sons
(Theme from Cobra)
Performed by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Written by John Cafferty
Produced by Kenny Vance
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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Stallone's 80's best underrated Action Horror film Cobra!
6 October 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

My favorite best Stallone action movie. But from the 80's that Stallone made action films is the first stand alone film not meaning Rocky and Rambo. Cobra will never stop been my favorite best action movie horror thriller from the 80's that is out there. It is one of my personal favorite movies. I wish only the movie wouldn't be that short but still it was directed by George P. Cosmatos who directed Rambo this movie was made right after Rambo: First Blood Part II was released.

Cobra is also a Cannon film and one of the best action horror thrillers that is out there. Cobra simply rocks! And it is a highly entertaining underrated action flick that guarantees the viewer a great show. Cobra is another one of those movies. It's not deep, it has a social message but doesn't really care about it. Its just pure old fun. The night slasher kills people randomly. He targets anyone, anywhere. The police don't have a clue, they can't stop him, all they can do is wait for the next death. But that all changes when Ingrid gets a good clear look at the chief of the gang. Yes, it's not one person, it's a group of killers that have set their minds on hunting the weak of society. Now they'll do anything to kill the only witness, the woman that can finish their 'dream' but they didn't count on one man: Marion Cobretti.

The movie plays with the idea that murderers use the system to get away with their crimes. It explores the fear in society, the impotence of the courts and introduces Cobretti, a cop who doesn't care about the law only his justice. Although I don't agree with this I still enjoyed the movie since Stallone didn't spend much time making his point, rather went fast for the action.

YOU'RE THE DISEASE, AND I'M THE CURE!!!!!!!!

Cobra is a 1986 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos, and written by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the title role. The film co-stars Reni Santoni, Brigitte Nielsen and Andrew Robinson. The film received negative reviews, with much criticism focused on the overuse of genre tropes, yet it debuted at the number one spot on the U.S. box office and became a financial success.

The film was loosely based on the novel Fair Game by Paula Gosling, which was later filmed under that title in 1995. However, Stallone's screenplay was originally conceived from ideas he had during pre-production of Beverly Hills Cop, whose screenplay he heavily revised. He had wanted to make Beverly Hills Cop a less comedic and more action-oriented film, which the studio rejected as being far too expensive. When he left that project, Eddie Murphy was brought in to play the lead role

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. The cult and their leader The Night Slasher are killing people all over the town in Los Angeles for believing in their New World so that will the strongest people survived but their is one tough cop that stands in their way and he must protect a surviving witness that cab identify the Slasher. I seriously love this film from the 80'a and I wish there would be more films like this. The Action sequences, the explosion, death scenes are fantastic after Rambo here comes Cobra.

Is one of my best Stallone Action movies beside Tango & Cash (1989), Rambo, Rocky, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man and The Specialist it is one of my favorite action movies of all time! 10/10 Grade: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval


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