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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)
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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?

Original rough cut of the movie was over 2 hours long. Due to the concern that it wouldn't be a hit,it was cut down to 84 minutes. Some of the deleted material was cut because of the MPAA,who originally gave the movie an X rating due to the graphic violence. After massive re-editing,great deal of plot was either removed or speed up,while most of the violence and nearly every death scene is edited or is always happening offscreen,often causing many continuity mistakes. Because of the re-editing,a great deal of action scenes is also cut.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the supermarket, the killer takes aim down an aisle and shoots a shopping cart. The cart explodes into the air, and visible on the bottom of the cart is the device which set off the charge.See more »
Night Slasher:You want to go to hell? Huh, pig? You want to go to hell with me? It doesn't matter, does it? We are the hunters. We kill the weak so the strong survive. You can't stop the New World. Your filthy society will never get rid of people like us. It's breeding them! WE ARE THE FUTURE!
Marion Cobretti:No!
[aims his gun]
Marion Cobretti:You're history.
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61 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Stallone 4 Life; Kick **s Movie, 7 August 2003
Author: JackBravo69 from Casablanca

Cobra is a highly entertaining underrated action flick that guarantees the viewer a great show.

I always liked Sylvester Stallone. I don't think the man was ever given the credit he deserved as a writer/actor. I'm not saying he's Orson Welles but he's a competent, charismatic lead and throughout his career he's given audiences some very entertaining movies, where we can escape the real world and fly to this imaginary place where the good guys win and villains get what they deserve.

Cobra is another one of those movies. It's not deep, it has a social message but doesn't really care about it. Its just pure old fun.

The night slasher kills people randomly. He targets anyone, anywhere. The police don't have a clue, they can't stop him, all they can do is wait for the next death. But that all changes when Ingrid gets a good clear look at the chief of the gang. Yes, it's not one person, it's a group of killers that have set their minds on hunting the weak of society. Now they'll do anything to kill the only witness, the woman that can finish their `dream' but they didn't count on one man: Marion Cobretti.

The movie plays with the idea that murderers use the system to get away with their crimes. It explores the fear in society, the impotence of the courts and introduces Cobretti, a cop who doesn't care about the law only his justice. Although I don't agree with this I still enjoyed the movie since Stallone didn't spend much time making his point, rather went fast for the action.

I have to say his writing is just fantastic. There are wonderful lines and I couldn't stop laughing at some dialogs, especially in the first scene in the supermarket. That scene is just amazing! It has tension, humor and Stallone plays it perfectly.

He is the classic loose cannon. The cool car, the shades, a match for toothpick and the gun with a cobra. I mean, how can u dislike this. It's so cool, so innocent, so out of it. It's what movies are all about. Cobretti is invincible, arrogant and doesn't really care about anything but getting the job done. A hundred bullets don't touch him but he needs only five to waste ten criminals. Stallone knows exactly what the movie and the character is all about and he makes it work. He has a perfect assistant directing, George P. Cosmatos. He gives space for Stallone to shine, to be `the man' but maintains a steady hand on the action, giving us some great sequences, especially in the fast and furious car chase.

The rest of the cast was also good. Brian Thompson was a threatening, hateful villain. Lee Garlington was scary a perfect match for Thompson. Brigitte Nielsen was sexy, beautiful and had great chemistry with Stallone.

I even loved that 80´s music. I'm nostalgic what can I do?

In its genre, Cobra is a fantastic film. Much better than most of today's action movies it remains a pleasure to watch.

Grenades, machine guns, a hot girl, loads of bad guys dead, a really cool ending and one trigger happy, tough cop. Loved it.

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