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Cobra (1986)

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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Cast

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Marion Cobretti
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Cho
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Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)
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Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
Ross St. Phillip ...
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Chief Halliwell
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Dan
John Hauk ...
Low Rider
Nick Angotti ...
Prodski
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Waitress
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Storyline

A gang of neo-fascist thugs, led by the self-proclaimed 'Night Slasher', are breaking into people's homes & cars, then killing them at random. When of of these thugs holds up a food store & takes hostages, Lt. Marian Cobretti - an intense, take-no-prisoners cop, is brought onto the scene to end the hostage-taking. Ranting bizarrely about a 'New World', the man levels a sawed-off shotgun at Cobretti, who hits him with a knife, then guns him down when the man refuses to put down his weapon. Later that night, another murder occurs, attributed to the Night Slasher - and the next day, another one. This one is witnessed by a young woman, Ingrid Knutsen. She drives away before the thugs can kill her, but it isn't long before some creepy-looking people start making attempts on her life - and Cobretti's. Cobretti plans to move the only witness to the blood spree upstate, but with inside information, the thugs follow them. And a battle for survival rages between Cobretti and the thugs... Written by Derek O'Cain

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This is where the law stops... and I start. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kobra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$49,042,224 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (as Eagle Stereo)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original rough cut was over two hours long. Due to concerns it might not be a hit, the final cut was 87 minutes, thereby increasing the number of screenings per day. Some of the more violent scenes were also cut to avoid an X-rating. A great deal of plot detail was either removed or sped up while most of the violence and nearly every death was edited or depicted off-screen, resulting in numerous continuity errors. See more »

Goofs

In the supermarket, after Cobra shoots the bad guy, he twirls the gun Western style. Since it's a semi-automatic he would have hit the trigger in the twirl, setting off one or more rounds. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Apple (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Loving On Borrowed Time
(Love Theme from Cobra)
Performed by Gladys Knight and Bill Medley
Written by Brian Short and Ed Hamilton
Produced by Joe Chicarelli
Gladys Knight appears courtesy of MCA Records
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15 October 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I do believe that "Cobra" first-appeared in theaters after the three or four Rambo films came out.This is definitely not Stallone's worst Film. It was deemed as one of the most violent, offensive mainstream movies of its era (1986) however it's a great flick for fans of exploitive films. After all how can you shy away from lines like: "You're the disease. I'm the cure." "This is where the law stops, and I begin." And there are some members from the old "Dirty Harry" cast, like Andrew Robinson, who played the vicious serial killer. Anyhow, it's worth the time to waste to catch it on cable or rent for 50 cents.


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