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Cobra (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)
Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
Ross St. Phillip ...
Chief Halliwell
John Hauk ...
Low Rider
Nick Angotti ...


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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Society is breeding a new kind of Criminal. It's also breeding a new kind of cop. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

23 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kobra  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$49,042,224 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints) (as Eagle Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point during filming Sylvester Stallone complained to cinematographer Ric Waite that they were falling behind and that he and his crew needed to work harder. Waite responded by saying that maybe if Stallone "gets his hands off Brigitte Nielsen 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 tone down his ego but after a few weeks he returned to his old egotistical behavior. In the same interview where he mentioned this, Waite also said that despite his huge ego Stallone had a great sense of humor. He also confirmed a rumor that Stallone was the true director of the film, calling credited director George P. Cosmatos a good producer, but a bad director. See more »


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 »


Captain Sears: If you ever want to get a transfer from the Zombie Squad to something easier, or you need anything, just say the word.
Cobretti: Well, I would like to have my car replaced.
Captain Sears: We'd like to, but it's not in the budget.
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Referenced in Beverly Hills Cop II: The Phenomenon Continues (2002) See more »


Hold on to Your Vision
Performed by Gary Wright
Written by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and Patrick Leonard
Produced by Hawk Wolinski
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User Reviews

80's entertainment at it's best
17 June 2003 | by (Austin Tx) – See all my reviews

First of all....to all the people who bash this film, I have one question for you. Did you see the cover? If after seeing the cover, Stallone with sunglasses an Uzi in his hand and a match in his mouth, and you still rented this and hated it you deserve what you get. If you want to watch "Masterpiece Theater" and pretend not to be bored then go ahead. Leave action movies for the fans of the genre.

This movie doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not. It's a violent, campy, 80's Stallone vehicle that is a lot of fun.

Cobra is a cool character with catchy one liners and an awesome 50 Merc Coup. He wears sunglasses and a match in his mouth. A rouge cop who works the zombie squad and is a lonely guy until he meets an aspiring model who he's been hired to protect.

If you dont like Stallone then this film will not change you're mind.

4 **** stars

Ps. The movie is an editing masterpiece. Edited by Don Zimmerman who edited "Being There"

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