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Cobra (1986)

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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:
Nancy Stalk
Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)
Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
Ross St. Phillip ...
Security Guard
John Hauk ...
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As crime runs rampant in the United States, the hard-as-nails LAPD Lieutenant, Marion "Cobra" Cobretti, is the only cure for the crime-infested urban jungle of Los Angeles. In the meantime, a string of seemingly unconnected and unmotivated random assaults on civilians will soon drag the hardened officer into a violent war against the psychopaths of the secret organisation named "The New World". With the criminal society's sole purpose to weed out the weak, Cobra will escort an important witness--the young model, Ingrid--out of town to protect her; however, the movement's delusional killers will stop at nothing to track her down. Now, the only one who stands in their way is the one-man-army Lieutenant. Are they prepared for Cobra's nasty bite? Written by Nick Riganas

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Crime is the disease. Meet the Cure. 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)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


None of the supporting cast or crew were allowed to talk to Sylvester Stallone during filming. See more »


When one of the guys remarks "He's crazy! He's crazy!" during the car chase, it's obvious that he's not shouting as he keeps his mouth shut. See more »


[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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Referenced in Emmanuelle 5 (1987) See more »


Angel of the City
Performed by Robert Tepper
Written by Robert Tepper
Produced by Joe Chicarelli
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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Do you have a lifejacket?
9 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This picture is classic 1980s action at its best and most cliche. My favorite scene is right at the top of the movie. Cobra is in a supermarket, on the trail of a guy who's killing safeway employees for fun. Cobra's in pursuit. He passes a 6-foot display case of Coors light. Stops. Cracks a can. Takes a sip. Tosses it on the floor. Continues in pursuit.

It reminds me of another 80s action flick few will remember called the Punisher with Louis Gossett Junior. Some dufus is carrying pizza into the torture chamber where LGJ is getting it. EXCEPT HE'S NOT GETTING IT, guys. He's already knocked the guy out with a punch and a pressure point maneuver. Then, Gosset neutralizes the pizza guy. But rather than let the pizza, which is all over the floor, go to waste, he kneels down, takes a couple of pieces, bites, then leaves the room as though nothing has happened.

I learned a lot from Cobra and Stallone's character, Marion Cobretti. First, I need to get a "nitro" option on my car so I can go as fast as he did. Second is a great line to reel in the girl, next time you're out on a date and she's using too much catsup on her fries.

"Do you have a lifejacket?" "Why" "To save all the french fries that are drowning."

This movie is a classic for 80s action lovers. I own the DVD and highly recommend it.

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