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Kofi Bryan
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The feared bandit Cobra Verde (Klaus Kinski) is hired by a plantation owner to supervise his slaves. After the owner suspects Cobra Verde of consorting with his young daughters, the owner wishes him gone. Rather than kill him,the owner sends Cobra Verde to Africa. The only white man in the area, Cobra Verde finds himself the victim of torture and humiliation. Later, he trains soldiers in a rebel army. Far from home, Cobra Verde is on the edge of madness. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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The slaves will sell their masters and grow wings...

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Was originally picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, but the theatrical release intended for the U.S. was cancelled after DEG fell into bankruptcy. It would not get released in the U.S. until the year 2000, when Anchor Bay released it on DVD and VHS for the first time in the U.S. See more »

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Some female subjects of the king wear African waxprints which have first been produced by the Netherlands since 1880s. See more »

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Captain Pedro Vincente: The English have put a prize on your head.
Francisco Manoel da Silva: Finally something is happening!
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Herzog
24 April 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Herzog's films are not for everyone, but everyone should be in awe of what went into these films. Gone are the days when a director could come into a project with a few hundred grand, shoot on location with a cast of thousands, and achieve something that is so authentic, yet still maintaining such beautiful film quality. This is no Blair Witch Project. The cameras don't wobble to the point of nausea.

Cobra Verde is not a politically correct film, the dialogue and plot, as usual, are bit quirky. It's a German film, and I've come to expect a bit of quirkiness from German films. This doesn't stop me from appreciating Klaus Kinsky's performance and the authentic performances of the supporting cast. Klaus for me is the William Shatner of German Cinematography. Take that whatever way you will... he's the man.

What I get most from these films is a sense of the grandeur and presence of nature. No one has ever captured the haunting feel of such locations. I keep shaking my head in awe. Where does he find these places? If I were a tourist I wish I had this knack for finding places that so well exemplify the wonders of mother earth. Real or historically accurate? Who cares!!! These are beautiful films.


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