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Cobra (1986)

 -  Action | Crime | Horror  -  23 May 1986 (USA)
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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.

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Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)
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Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
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City cop is on the trail of a serial killer. Loaded with action and violence. Stallone fans will love this Rambo-like movie with Stallone on the chase instead of the run. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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Crime is the disease. Meet the Cure. See more »


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23 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kobra  »

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$49,042,224 (USA)
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Trivia

Some of the MPAA cuts that were made for R rating include murder victim having her hands severed, more shots of dead bodies in autopsy scene including lingering shots of naked and mutilated body of murdered women, longer death of Ingrid's photographer Dan and part where he slips on his own blood and falls on ground, more deaths of town's people during the climax of the movie including a scene where one person is hit with ax in the face. See more »

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When ramming a road block, the truck appears to change from blue to red and back to blue. However, it can be seen from the next shot of the truck spinning out that it is the same blue truck all along; the underside of the hood and the rest of the engine compartment are painted red. See more »

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Marion Cobretti: You know that's bad for your health?
Punk smoking cigarette: What?
[looking threatening]
Marion Cobretti: [grabs cigarette away from punk's mouth] Me.
[pause]
Marion Cobretti: You need a new image.
[Cobra looks at punk's shirt, pulls it till it rips and then walks away with a smirk on his face]
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Stallone 4 Life; Kick **s Movie
7 August 2003 | by (Casablanca) – See all my reviews

Cobra is a highly entertaining underrated action flick that guarantees the viewer a great show.

I always liked Sylvester Stallone. I don't think the man was ever given the credit he deserved as a writer/actor. I'm not saying he's Orson Welles but he's a competent, charismatic lead and throughout his career he's given audiences some very entertaining movies, where we can escape the real world and fly to this imaginary place where the good guys win and villains get what they deserve.

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.

I have to say his writing is just fantastic. There are wonderful lines and I couldn't stop laughing at some dialogs, especially in the first scene in the supermarket. That scene is just amazing! It has tension, humor and Stallone plays it perfectly.

He is the classic loose cannon. The cool car, the shades, a match for toothpick and the gun with a cobra. I mean, how can u dislike this. It's so cool, so innocent, so out of it. It's what movies are all about. Cobretti is invincible, arrogant and doesn't really care about anything but getting the job done. A hundred bullets don't touch him but he needs only five to waste ten criminals. Stallone knows exactly what the movie and the character is all about and he makes it work. He has a perfect assistant directing, George P. Cosmatos. He gives space for Stallone to shine, to be `the man' but maintains a steady hand on the action, giving us some great sequences, especially in the fast and furious car chase.

The rest of the cast was also good. Brian Thompson was a threatening, hateful villain. Lee Garlington was scary a perfect match for Thompson. Brigitte Nielsen was sexy, beautiful and had great chemistry with Stallone.

I even loved that 80´s music. I'm nostalgic what can I do?

In its genre, Cobra is a fantastic film. Much better than most of today's action movies it remains a pleasure to watch.

Grenades, machine guns, a hot girl, loads of bad guys dead, a really cool ending and one trigger happy, tough cop. Loved it.


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