Contra (1987)
"Kontora" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 494 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 2 critic

In the year 2632, a meteorite crashes in the nearby ocean next to New Zealand. In 2633, a terrorist organization known as Red Falcon declares war on humanity and tries to take over the ... See full summary »

0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 30 titles
created 18 Dec 2011
a list of 33 titles
created 28 Dec 2011
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 9 months ago
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 7 months ago
a list of 281 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Contra" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Contra (Video Game 1987)

Contra (Video Game 1987) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Contra.


In the year 2632, a meteorite crashes in the nearby ocean next to New Zealand. In 2633, a terrorist organization known as Red Falcon declares war on humanity and tries to take over the Earth. Two soldiers, Bill Rizer and Lance Bean, are sent to stop the Earth's destruction and defeat Red Falcon. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Irresistible force. See more »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

20 February 1987 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Contra  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The name Contra was chosen as the American title because symbols on the side of the Japanese arcade cabinet formed the sound "Kon Tra" when spoken aloud. See more »


Referenced in Snatcher (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

my all-time favorite video game
11 March 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I long for the age of the NES, when the games were just plain fun and simple without flashy animation and movie-like special effects to get in the way. I remember when CONTRA was first released in 1988. (Jeez, has it really been that long!?) It was the big deal at school; everybody was talking about it. Toys R Us was sold out for awhile, so the best I could do was rent it or play it at a friend's house. I was hooked instantly, and when I finally got my own copy, I was playing it nearly every day. I got so good at it that I could beat it in twenty minutes flat (with the thirty lives code, of course; I don't know anyone who ever beat it with just three). Even nearly five years later, long after my NES and games had gone away to make room for the Sega Genesis, I was able to still beat CONTRA in my record time when I discovered it at the house of my high school friend. Though there have been many notable video games in the years since, CONTRA remains my #1 all-time favorite of them all. It just had everything I like in a game and gave me with countless hours of entertainment (which my parents liked, because it kept me from bugging them wanting another game.) Some games I would beat and never really play much again afterwards. But CONTRA always kept me coming back for more no matter how many times I beat it (I think about 30, at last count). To me, the sequels never managed to really capture the spirit and fun factor of the original, so I never bothered with them. And who can forget that awesome first level music? I really wish Nintendo would release some "NES Classics" soundtrack containing the music from their old games. No techno remixes, no new arrangements. Just the plain and simple music we all know and love. Well, I admit, an orchestral version of the CONTRA music would be awesome, especially if done with an Alan Silvestri/ERASER-type sound. Thank you Konami for providing one of the great joys of my childhood.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Contra vanlandw
They need to make this into a movie! Here's my idea. mrpresident4200
About Aaron1375's rev CompuLOL
Discuss Contra (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page