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Il giorno del Cobra (1980)

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An American narcotics agent is murdered in Italy. The head of the department decides to hire Larry Stanziani, 'The Cobra'. Larry, a former agent and now a third-rate private detective, uses... See full summary »

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Larry Stanziani
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Brenda
Mario Maranzana ...
Davide
Licinia Lentini ...
Lola Alberti
Ennio Girolami ...
Martino (as Enio Girolami)
Mickey Knox ...
Raul Papasian
Massimo Vanni ...
Beltrame
Sasha D'Arc ...
Blonde Assassin
Romano Puppo ...
Silvestri
Angelo Ragusa ...
Kandinsky's Hitman
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Tim (as Carlo Gabriel Sparanero)
William Berger ...
Jack Goldsmith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rocco Lerro ...
Smith
Franco Ukmar ...
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An American narcotics agent is murdered in Italy. The head of the department decides to hire Larry Stanziani, 'The Cobra'. Larry, a former agent and now a third-rate private detective, uses the opportunity to get even with an old enemy, but soon he finds out he's facing a relentless organization. Written by Kurt Aerden

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28 September 1981 (Turkey)  »

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Day of the Cobra  »

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Worth a watch for crime fans, though not the best Eurocrime by any stretch
2 March 2010 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

At first glance, DAY OF THE COBRA is a spiritual remake of Castellari's genre-defining HIGH CRIME. Both take place in Genoa, both star Franco Nero as a tough-as-nail law enforcement character fighting drug dealers, both feature a kid getting nailed by a car, and a henchman being shot in the groin from below.

Unfortunately this film just doesn't have the same energy going for it. Everything feels markedly smaller and cheaper and the plot goes a bit too far out to be believable with plenty of silly dialog. It also contains some surprisingly poor performances and far too many instances of Enzo alluding to his other, better films. Nero's real life son Carlo acts in the film (as himself basically) but his subplot seems overall unconnected and just strange.

What the film does have are a few exciting foot chase scenes and a silly fistfight between Nero and a transsexual. The main theme song is silly but very hummably infectious and the whole movie moves at a brisk, though casual pace. Sybil Danning provides some welcome if brief nudity, and we learn here that she actually wears high heels in bed. Also worth mentioning is the excellent supporting "dream team" cast of legendary Italian stuntmen such as Rocco Lerro, Massimo Vanni, Angelo Ragusa, and Romano Puppo all allowed to display their respective talents as various henchmen.

Overall though the film is just too pedestrian and mediocre. Probably the least of Castellari/Nero teamings though still a cut above most of the pack of later Eurocrime movies.


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