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Cobra (1986) Poster

(1986)

Goofs

Continuity 

In the long chase scene in the 50, Cobretti spins the car around and drives backward, shooting at the pickup truck. As the pickup truck explodes you can clearly see Cobretti's car facing forward in the bottom right hand of the screen, but in the next shot Cobretti spins his car back around to face forward once again.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

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.
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Axes beating out of sync in a close-up.
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Character error 

During the grocery store robbery, a SWAT team member sets up on the roof of a nearby store with an HK94 submachinegun. The relatively short 100 meter effective range of its 9mm round would make his position completely useless in that situation.
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After the final fight, a police officer takes away Cobra's machine gun, but does not notice the pistol stuck in his belt.
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The crime statistics Cobra gives in the opening narration are far too high, even by 1986 standards.
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Continuity 

The car's rear window repairs itself after being broken.
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When Cobra is getting grenades from his bag, he sets three on the table and takes a fourth one out. In the close-up, as he puts the fourth grenade down, only two grenades are on the table.
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When Cobra is riding in the back of the pick-up in which Ingrid is driving it smashes through a burning roadblock and the pick-up's hood is shown flying through the air. Later the hood is still attached.
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The amount of ketchup on Ingrid's french fry.
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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.
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When the first guy is in the grocery store, he racks his gun and points at a man and tells him to get up and leave. As he walks away the shotgun guy racks again. In a pump action shotgun you rack one shell and your ready, rack again and the first shell flies out of the chamber.
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After returning from the shoot out at the supermarket, Cobra places his gun on the kitchen table to reload. After taking out new bullets he removes the gun from his pants instead of taking it off the table.
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When Cobra jumps his Mercury off the second floor garage, the Volare he's chasing suffers front end damage, with the hood folded up. In the next shot, the hood is flat again.
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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.
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The Cobra throws a knife at one man, in the supermarket, and the knife hits him in the center of the chest. Later, it is in his side.
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In the chase scene there is damage to the front of the Nightslasher's car, but in some of the scenes it disappears, and then reappears.
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When Cobra is chasing Slasher down the alley way, as they approach the end we can very clearly see the rear of Slasher's car. Specifically, the bumper bar is dragging along the pavement. In the next scene, and for the remainder of the car chase for that matter, the bumper bar is attached. At the same time, the car (a 1979 Plymouth Volaré) is seen with a front grille during the alley scene although the passenger side fender was bashed in one scene (in subsequent scenes, the fender is undamaged). The overall condition of the Volaré changes frequently (in some scenes, the car has all of its front lighting missing to one headlight and one park lens).
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When Cobretti, his partner, and the girl are leaving the hotel they see Starks run over to a black truck and point in their direction. They run back into their hotel room and we now see Starks run over to the same truck again and point in their direction again.
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When Detective Monte and Captain Sears meet Cobra on the top of the parking garage, the lot is empty except for their cars. In the close-up, a silver car appears. Later when they leave the car is gone and the lot is empty again.
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At the end of the parking garage chase scene, Slasher's car breaks through the crossing arm on the right at the exit. In the next shot, the arm is normal and the arm on the left is broken.
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During the motorcycle gang/pickup truck chase, the road ahead alternately changes from wet to dry several times.
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The Mercury and Volare jump over the same bridges twice; plus the Wrong Way sign disappears and reappears in between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the scene where he bumps the "hispanic gangsters" car to park his car and he argues with them, and tell them "he's bad for their health" he rips the mans white undershirt and a taped lapel mic is clearly visible on the mans chest, and again in a subsequent scene
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Near the middle of the movie, Cobretti is chasing Slasher and they both turn into a tight alleyway. When we see them both swerve around the corner and turn into the alleyway, at the far left side of the screen you can see a camera man filming the scene [widescreen.]
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Two crew members sit by the right side of bridge, during the car chase - when the guys jump over the bridge a second time.
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Throughout the entire supermarket scene, a cameraman and a boom are reflected in Cobra's glasses.
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Factual errors 

In the supermarket, after Cobra shoots the bad guy, he twirls the gun Western style. Since it's a semi-automatic he would have hit the trigger in the twirl, setting off one or more rounds.
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Miscellaneous 

At the end, when Gonzales is loaded into the ambulance, the vehicle does not leave for the hospital immediately.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

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.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the sedan/pickup chase, both of Cobra's headlights are shot out at the start with pinpoint accuracy. A minute later as the cars race down the freeway, the holes where Cobra's headlights used to be are filled with black plastic discs.
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When Cobra blasts the supermarket psycho with his .45, no shell casings are ejected from the chamber.
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When they chase Nielsen in the garage, the guy steps out of the van and we see the boot touch the garage tarmac. The supposed tarmac (possibly carpet) lifts.
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When Cobretti and the girl are in the 50, he pulls a 180 and drives the car backwards to fire at the brown Ford pick-up. When the truck blows up you can see the log cannon which was used to flip the vehicle over.
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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.
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When Sly drives the truck around a corner you can see two drivers in the cab, even though he's supposed to be escaping alone.
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As the motorbike gang are approaching the town, a woman is trying to escape them, when she is doing this, she is seen picking up an obvious dummy instead of a real child.
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The supermarket shooter at the beginning pulls his shotgun out from under his coat and racks it, ejecting a shell. There was no need to rack the shotgun if there was already a shell chambered.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Cobra is having the shoot out, after finding out that the girl they were with was a squealer, there's a part when one man on a bike bursts into the room through the front door, and to the right of him you can see a guy with headphones on, in the bathroom.
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