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 ... See full summary »
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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
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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 »
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 »
Klaus Kinski commanding an army of topless women? Of course this was gonna be gold!
Klaus Kinski commanding an army of topless women? Of course this was gonna be gold! "Cobra Verde" was the last of the five collaborations between the legendary director Werner Herzog and the infamous madman actor Kinski. Its doesn't reach the operatic grandeur of either "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" or "Ftizcarraldo", but it does come close. The only thing that keeps this from being a classic is that the main character has a bit less depth than either the protagonists of the previously mentioned films. Still, this film will hold you in awe. No one fashioned amazon epics better than Herzog. The film is also much more briskly-paced than his other efforts and contains nice moments of surrealism.
What makes this film an absolutely memorable experience is Klaus Kinski however. For fans of Kinski, this is him at his most over-the-top and raving. No one played lunatics more convincingly than Kinski, and this is his most psychotic creation. There are moments when you aren't convinced this is acting, and Kinski often seems so tense hes going to jump out of the screen and attack the audience. He was the perfect choice to play the main character. The film is captivating throughout, and while its not the best collaboration between Herzog and Kinski, fans will eat it up. One of the best epics ever made. (9/10)
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