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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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Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
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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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Crime is the disease. Meet the Cure. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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23 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kobra  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Al Leong was initially cast as one of the lead villains. His role was eliminated following protests by an advocacy group that objected to the casting of an Asian villain. See more »

Goofs

When Ingrid is running toward the foundry, Stalk is chasing her with a shotgun. When Ingrid goes to the security guard, Stalk shoots him with a pistol. When Ingrid runs into the foundry, Stalk chases her, and she has the shotgun again. See more »

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[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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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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Do you have a lifejacket?
9 April 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – 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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