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Cobra Verde (1987)

During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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King Ampaw ...
Taparica
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Don Octavio Coutinho
Salvatore Basile ...
Captain Fraternidade
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Bernabé
Guillermo Coronel ...
Euclides
Nana Agyefi Kwame II ...
Bossa Ahadee (as His Royal Highness Nana Agyefi Kwame II of Nsein)
Nana Fedu Abodo ...
Yovogan
Kofi Yerenkyi ...
Bakoko
Kwesi Fase ...
Kankpé
Benito Stefanelli ...
Captain Pedro Vicente
Kofi Bryan ...
Messenger of Bossa Ahadee
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Governor of Bahia
Pedro Oliveira
A. Kwesi Compson
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

3 December 1987 (West Germany)  »

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Slave Coast  »

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DEM 800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The kingdom of Dahomey, where the African part of the story is allegedly set, was in present day Benin, while Elmina Castle is located in present day Ghana, 500 km to the West. See more »

Quotes

Taparica: Aren't you afraid? Aren't you afraid of dying?
Francisco Manoel da Silva: I haven't tried it yet.
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Hey, wanna see Kinski act crazy in a Herzog film
3 November 1999 | by (Watsonville, California) – See all my reviews

Sarcastic humor for fans of the darkside: Surprise surprise. Herzog makes a film about a man consumed by his dreams and destroyed by the conspiracies of world he lives in. And in a complete reversal from his usual light hearted comedy roles, Klaus Kinski protrays a madman getting madder.

If you liked Agirre or Fitzcaraldo, and would have liked a larger cast including Amazon warrior girls from Africa and National Geo graphic dancing then by all means see this. Warning: no light hearted romance, cute chimps or talking to the animals here. Surreal, dark, morality story with great acting and the best one liner in Herzog's repertoire while watching amazonian spear dancing (are you listening Joe Bob Briggs?)

Who are these women? They are our future murderesses.


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