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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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Storyline

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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The strong arm of the law. 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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (as Eagle Stereo)

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One time during filming, Stallone complained to cinematographer Ric Waite that they are falling behind and that he should push his crew to work more and harder. Waite's answer on Stallone's order was quite surprising. He basically told Stallone that if he stops "playing around" on set with Brigitte, gets his hands off her ass and stops showing off to his bodyguards, maybe they wouldn't have problems with time. Although Stallone was shocked that somebody would talk to him that way, he did behave for about three weeks and then returned to his old ego fueled behaviour. Waite said in interview that despite his huge ego Stallone had a great sense of humor, and he also confirmed famous rumour that Stallone was actually the one who was giving orders during filming and that he was the one who directed Cobra behind the scenes, because, in Waite's words, credited director of the movie George P. Cosmatos was good producer, but bad director. See more »

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Gonzales: I would kill for some...
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Gonzales: Gummy bears.
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Where Rambo stops, Cobra Begins

With two Rambo movies, First Blood (1982) and Rambo : First Blood part II (1985) under his commando belt, Sylvester Stallone had confidently confirmed himself as the Box Office king of the Action Thriller genre. With all the gingoism and American flag waving that went with the comic strip adventures of the worlds favourite fictional viet nam vet, Stallone steps up a gear into Cobra (1986), one of the tightest, exciting, well written and under-rated action movies of the past few decades. Stallone takes British crime novelette Running Duck (US - Fair Game} from celebrated writer Paula Gossling and gives it the full Rambo gloss treatment. Gone from the novel is the alcoholic schizoid lead character and in his place is Marion Cobretti, the typical, four square Stallone character, and the story is all the better for this. Stallone' screenplay is pretty simple, and so is the under lying message that evil is a force that must be met on its own terms. So what we have is a violent actioneer chock full of punch ups, car chases and shooting. Sadly, the script isn't developed enough, and the Rocky elemnts so typical of Stallone's movies at this point, IE, the underdog hero who everyone is against, is used to the maxim here. Unlike the Rocky movies, the glare of humour isn't up to scratch, and so a great many of the lead characters are unlikeable. So what? Wasn't this the case with thrillers such as Seven or Resovoir Dogs? However, Rambo Director George Pan Cosmatos gives a fresh coat of paint to this particular movie, adding stylish touches of film noir to the action genre in a way that precceeds Face/Off (1997) and a whole host of successors. Bridgette Nielsen is the movies real surprise, giving a likeable and sincere performance as Helgar, under the watchful eye of her then Husband. What is really surprising is that Cosmatos manages to succesfully blend into the action genre touches of classic and contemporary horror movies such as Friday the Thirteenth and John Carpenters Halloween with the chilling depiction of the Night Slashers. The movie also contains some of the most exhilerating action and chase sequences, particularly in the movies climax, where Cobra lets rip unto the Night Slashers men. This is an under-rated gem, a very efficient Stallone/George Pan Cosmatos vehicle, and very possibly the best ever Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus/Cannon Film Group picture ever produced. .......................................................................

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