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23 May 1986 (USA) See more »
This is where the law stops... and I start. See more »
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti

Brigitte Nielsen ... Ingrid

Reni Santoni ... Sergeant Gonzales

Andrew Robinson ... Detective Monte

Brian Thompson ... Night Slasher

John Herzfeld ... Cho

Lee Garlington ... Nancy Stalk

Art LaFleur ... Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)

Marco Rodríguez ... Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
Ross St. Phillip ... Security Guard

Val Avery ... Chief Halliwell

David Rasche ... Dan
John Hauk ... Low Rider
Nick Angotti ... Prodski

Nina Axelrod ... Waitress
Joe Bonny ... Policeman #1

Brad Bovee ... Innocent Bystander (as Bradley Bovee)

Kevin Breslin ... Supermarket Kid

Roger Aaron Brown ... Policeman #2
John Cahill ... Father of Blonde Girl
Malik Carter ... Night Guard
Louise Caire Clark ... Woman in Car
Christine Craft ... TV News Reporter

Gregory Cruz ... Janitor (as Gregory Norman Cruz)
Deborah Dalton ... Nurse #2
Harry Demopoulos ... Dr. Demopoulos (as Harry B. Demopoulos)
Scott Dockstader ... Killer #2
Laura Drake ... Murdered Waitress
Ken Hill ... Garage Bystander
Arthur Kassell ... Internal Affairs Man #2

Karen Kondazian ... Nurse
Fred Lucky ... Sketch Artist
Robert Martini ... Apartment Killer #1
Joe Masino Jr. ... Killer #3
Dorothy Meyer ... Nurse #1

Paul Dion Monte ... Supermarket Clerk (as Paul Monte)
Joe Stone ... Killer #1

Jim Wilkey ... Apartment Killer #2
Bert Williams ... Commissioner Reddesdale
Leslie Morris ... Reporter #1
Clare Nono ... Reporter #2
Steve Lentz ... Reporter #3
Glenda Wina ... Reporter #4
Michael Bershad ... Reporter #5

Joe Fowler ... Reporter #6
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Edwards ... Hospital Visitor #1 (uncredited)
Julie Hampton ... Policewoman (uncredited)
Kurt V. Hulett ... Suspect in Custody (uncredited)

Ron Jeremy ... Extra (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... News Reporter #8 (uncredited)

Directed by
George P. Cosmatos 
Writing credits
Paula Gosling (novel "Fair Game")

Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)

Produced by
James D. Brubaker .... executive producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Tony Munafo .... associate producer
Original Music by
Sylvester Levay 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James R. Symons  (as James Symons)
Don Zimmerman 
Production Design by
Bill Kenney 
Art Direction by
Adrian Gorton  (as Adrian H. Gorton)
William Ladd Skinner  (as William Skinner)
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist (as Steve Abrums)
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mary Eilts .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Duncan Henderson .... first assistant director
Eric Jewett .... second assistant director
Janet G. Knutsen .... second assistant director (as Janet Knutsen)
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Seanna McPherson .... third assistant director
Art Department
Cate Bangs .... assistant art director (as Cathryn Bangs)
Max E. Brehme .... set dresser
William D. Derham .... leadman (as William Derham)
Louis S. Fleming .... property master (as Louis Fleming)
Douglas Forsmith .... leadman (as Doug Forsmith)
Kurt V. Hulett .... assistant property master
David F. Klassen .... set designer (as David Klassen)
Fred Lucky .... illustrator
Gayle Simon .... assistant art director
Michael J. Smith .... construction coordinator
Jane Stewart .... stand-by painter
Ward Welton .... paint foreman
Paul Breuninger .... third broom props (uncredited)
D.A. Zingelewicz .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor (as Frederick J. Brown)
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor
Evelyn Dutton .... foley artist
Michael Evje .... sound mixer
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor (as Joey Ippolito)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
James M. McCann .... boom operator (as James McCann)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound re-recordist (as Bob Nichols II)
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound editor
Gary Ritchie .... sound re-recordist (as Gary F. Ritchie)
Michele Sharp .... sound editor
Fredrick Talmage .... utility sound technician
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects (as Philip Cory)
Jim Schwalm .... assistant special effects (as James D. Schwalm)
David Simmons .... assistant special effects (as David L. Simmons)
Ken Speed .... assistant special effects (as Kenneth Speed)
Ray Svedin .... assistant special effects
Hans Metz .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Brad Bovee .... stunts (as Bradley Bovee)
David D. Darling .... stunts (as Dave Darling)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts
Scott Dockstader .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts (as John Michael Johnson)
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Lyn Keehn)
Paul M. Lane .... stunts (as Paul Lane)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Branscombe Richmond .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Ben Scott .... stunts
Mike Tillman .... stunts
Perry Barndt .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunt driving double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Diane Kay Grant .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: John Herzfeld (uncredited)
Jeff Langton .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg McMickle .... precision driver (uncredited)
Denney Pierce .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Randles .... stunts (uncredited)
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Boldroff .... grip (as Danny E. Boldroff)
Steve Boldroff .... key grip best boy
Carl Boles .... chief lighting technician
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Roger Gebhard .... first assistant camera
Jack Glenn .... grip
Howard Hagadorn .... grip
Larry Hezzelwood .... second assistant camera
Michael J. Hogan .... assistant video engineer
Christopher Ishii .... second assistant camera (as Christopher S. Ishii)
Richard L. Jordan .... electrician
John London .... key grip (as John E. London)
Nick McLean .... additional photographer
Richard A. Mention III .... first assistant camera
Rick Neff .... camera operator
Keith Pallant .... electrician
Timothy Prince .... video engineer (as Tim Prince)
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator (as Mike St. Hilaire)
Jeff Stanman .... electrician
Eddie Taylor .... electrician
Ken Tosic .... best boy electric (as Kenneth Tosic)
Ian Wayne .... assistant video engineer (as Ian L. Wayne)
Don Whipple .... dolly grip (as Donald Whipple Jr.)
Stephen St. John .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Henry Alford .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Susie Johnson .... extras casting
Cynthia Rothkopf .... casting assistant
Sally Stiner .... casting assistant
Joy Todd .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Borman .... costumer
Linda Henrikson .... costumer: women
Murray Lantz .... costumer: men
Michael J. Long .... costumer: men (as Michael Long)
Editorial Department
Carmen Baker .... assistant editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Paul Cichocki .... assistant editor
Gregory M. Gerlich .... assistant editor (as Gregory Gerlich)
Martin November .... assistant editor (as Marty November)
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Markus Schaub .... apprentice editor
Ron South .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Dan Bates .... electronic music engineer
George Brand .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
Robin Garb .... executive music producer
Robin Garb .... music supervisor
Sylvester Levay .... musician
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Thomas Pasatieri .... additional orchestrator
Spencer Proffer .... supervising music producer
Transportation Department
John Armstrong .... office driver
Ed Arter .... transportation coordinator (as Edward Arter)
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
Michael Brum .... transportation captain
John Cahill .... driver: Mr. Stallone
Other crew
Tina M. Arter-Duquette .... assistant: Mr. Brubaker (as Tina Arter)
Marcei A. Brown .... production associate (as Marcei Brubaker)
Susan J. Brubaker .... production associate (as Susan Brubaker)
Bruce Carter .... production assistant
James Ealy .... first aid
Tom Gray .... publicist
Laurie Allison Harmon .... production associate
Joseph R. Hessekiel .... technical consultant
Robert H. Lemer .... location manager
Richard Liebegott .... production coordinator
Verla Loomis Randall .... craft service
James E. Lorimer .... craft service (as James Lorimer)
Tony Maffatone .... technical advisor (as Anthony Maffatone)
Lynn C. Marchionno .... first assistant accountant
Lucy Mardonovich .... production associate
Maggie Martin .... production associate
Paul Dion Monte .... production associate (as Paul Monte)
Paul Dion Monte .... stand-in: Sylvester Stallone
Anna M. Perron .... assistant: Mr Cosmatos
Susan Persily .... assistant: Mr. Stallone
Anthony Poll .... production associate
Janice Polley .... location assistant
Laura Sode-Matteson .... location manager (as Laura Sode)
Franklin A. Vallette .... production associate (as Franklin Adreon Vallette)
Bill Wells .... production consultant
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Cynthia Wise .... production accountant
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... liaison post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Straw .... production accountant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
87 min | Germany:73 min (heavily cut) | Finland:78 min (cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Ultra Stereo (35 mm prints) (as Eagle Stereo)
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2007) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1999) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1990) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1986) | France:12 | Germany:18 (2012) (re-rating) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:C | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1989) (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1986-2003) (cinema release) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (1987) (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R (certificate #28156) | West Germany:18 (cut)

Did You Know?

Stan Bush song "The Touch" from The Transformers: The Movie (1986) was originally written for Cobra.See more »
Continuity: During the big shootout at the hotel and afterwards, Cobretti uses a laser-mount sub machine gun with a 30 round clip. Yet we see him shoot loads and loads of rounds, yet he never changes the clip.See more »
Gonzales:You're such a liar.
Cobretti:Watch your mouth. You're in public!
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81 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite movies, 4 March 1999
Author: Teemu J. Päiste ( from Turku, Finland

Let me start by saying that I fully understand all the people who hate this film. After all, it is a violent, often extremely stupid macho-actioner which falls apart if you start to think it's contents for a second. Its characters are one-dimensional and there's really not much plot or dialogue. But while many others think of the above as a bad thing, I think I've just described the recipe for a perfect action film.

I recently watched "Vampires" on DVD and listened to John Carpenter's commentary and one comment amused me. When James Woods and his crew were outside a building supposedly filled with vampires, everyone was wearing vests and neckpieces which protected them from being bitten except James Woods and Carpenter said about this something like "You can see how everyone is wearing vests except James Woods because he's so tough". Such is the case with Cobra also. All the other cops are dressed like...well, cops, but Stallone, he really stands out from the crowd in a positive way with his tight jeans, T-shirts, a pair of really cool (and very 80s) sunglasses and a match in his mouth (which I thought was a very nice touch). And why does he look like this? You guessed it - because he's so tough.

As I said before, there's not much plot and what there is, is pretty stupid and generic. We have seen it many times before and we will (I hope!) see it many times in the future but hey, if it ain't broken, why fix it? Of course there are several people who think it has always been broken.. There are some sequences and dialogue in Cobra which are almost embarrassingly stupid such as the opening shot where the team of killers are weaving axes to the air and then there are the legendary lines "The court is civilized, isn't it...pig?" "But I'm not.. This is where the law stops..and I start..sucker!" but I'm just so glad that they included these scenes (even though they probably knew that the critics wouldn't like them) because they are my favorite scenes in the movie.

This is a movie which has a very, very specific target audience and the reason for all the bad reviews is probably the fact that unlike other movies like this, this was for some reason targeted to a wider audience and of course, many people didn't like it. Not because Cobra is a bad movie but because they just don't like films like this. Surprisingly the other movie which was also based on Paula Gosling's novel, the William Baldwin-Cindy Crawford -actioner "Fair Game" suffered the same fate. Needless to say, I also liked that film a lot.

I know most people don't like the movies that I like and that's OK but I want others to know that I personally have seen probably over a thousand action movies and this is one of my all-time favorites and that there are many, many others who have truly enjoyed Cobra and it has become a cult classic to action fans worldwide. And when everyone starts to really think about it, Cobra may just be the perfect movie. There are so many films made in the 90s which are OK. They are not great but they don't suck either. Cobra, however, has all the ingredients that action fans love and others hate. It doesn't leave anyone cold, you either love it or you hate it. But I'll say this: If you like films like "Schindler's List" or "Shakespeare in Love" and you rent a film with a tagline "Crime is a disease. Meet the cure. COBRA", you truly deserve what you see!

Cobra is an excellent action movie because of a great macho performance (I loved the deep voice!) and screenplay from Stallone, a truly phenomenal score from my favorite composer Sylvester Levay, tight editing by Don Zimmerman and good cinematography by Ric Waite (who was also the director of photography in my other favorite, "Marked for Death" starring Steven Seagal). I also praise the director, George P. Cosmatos, although I haven't liked his other movies as much as this.

Anyway, the name and the tagline really says it all. You're either going to love or hate this and all I can say is, if you look for any intelligence in a movie, don't see it. I do, but not in an action movie. Actually, I don't even want action films to be smart or sophisticated. For me, Cobra delivers! I give it a full 10/10.

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