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Cobra (1986)

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A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far-reaching plans.

Director:

George P. Cosmatos

Writers:

Paula Gosling (novel), Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Marion Cobretti
Brigitte Nielsen ... Ingrid
Reni Santoni ... Gonzales
Andrew Robinson ... Detective Monte
Brian Thompson ... Night Slasher
John Herzfeld ... Cho
Lee Garlington ... Nancy Stalk
Art LaFleur ... Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)
Marco Rodríguez ... Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
Ross St. Phillip Ross St. Phillip ... Security Guard
Val Avery ... Chief Halliwell
David Rasche ... Dan
John Hauk John Hauk ... Low Rider
Nick Angotti Nick Angotti ... Prodski
Nina Axelrod ... Waitress
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As crime runs rampant in the United States, the hard-as-nails LAPD Lieutenant, Marion "Cobra" Cobretti, is the only cure for the crime-infested urban jungle of Los Angeles. In the meantime, a string of seemingly unconnected and unmotivated random assaults on civilians will soon drag the hardened officer into a violent war against the psychopaths of the secret organisation named "The New World". With the criminal society's sole purpose to weed out the weak, Cobra will escort an important witness--the young model, Ingrid--out of town to protect her; however, the movement's delusional killers will stop at nothing to track her down. Now, the only one who stands in their way is the one-man-army Lieutenant. Are they prepared for Cobra's nasty bite? Written by Nick Riganas

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Crime is the disease. Meet the Cure. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

Cobretti uses a custom Colt Gold Cup National Match 1911 in 9mm using Glaser Safety Slugs, a frangible bullet. This is shown when he unloads his pistol in his apartment to clean it. The Colt Gold Cup National Match 1911 is usually chambered in .45 caliber ACP. The 9mm versions were made especially for the film. See more »

Goofs

The Mercury and Volare jump over the same bridges twice; plus the Wrong Way sign disappears and reappears in between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marion Cobretti: [narrating] In America, there's a burglary every 11 seconds, an armed robbery every 65 seconds, a violent crime every 25 seconds, a murder every 24 minutes and 250 rapes a day.
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Alternate Versions

In early 1990's,different version of Cobra was broadcasted on TV. Here is the list of differences between normal version and TV edit: 1.Opening hostage scene: Alternate shot when gang member shoots with his shotgun. He shoots 2 times on fruits,but in TV cut one of these is close up shot of fruits exploding. Alternate dialogue. TV Cut - "You lookin at the brave hunter!" DVD Uncut - "You lookin at the fuckin hunter!" Close up of knife in gang members belly is cut. Line "Don't listen to this asshole" from Gonzalez is cut. 2.Cobra arrives home: Extra few seconds dialogue scene during the Cobra's argument with low rider.Cobra turns around and says something like: "Don't dirt America,keep it clean." Cobra talks briefly with old janitor: "How you doin'? You're doing really good job here",then crosses woman coming down the stairs with her dog,checks his mailbox and goes to his apartment. Song "Suave" is playing longer in this extended scene. 3. Aftermath of first murder: Extra scene after the first Nightslasher murder in which young Asian kid brings box in police station. Cop tell the kid to stay inside and go pick himself one of the toys from the box on the other side of the room. While kid is checking the toys,cop takes the box and sees blood dripping from bottom.Then he receives a phone call in which Nightslasher says something like: "Her hands are with you, but her soul is in the new world". Cop tells some other cop to trace the call and scene cuts to the regular autopsy scene. 4. Gang during the day: After Cobra shoots paper target,extra scene is shown. Nightslasher is at his day job cutting fish in some factory,sniper guy is working is some garage and there is a shot of him loking at electric wires. In police precinct where Cobra shoot the target,sideview of some police officers hands and forearms is shown while they are shooting paper targets. One of them is shown with gang's tattoo,skull with axes,on his forearm. Couple shots of gang performing their "axes and hammers" ritual are also shown. Music during these scenes is the same one that was used for opening credits. 5. Ingrid in the studio/Parking lot attack In the photo studio Ingrid is asked to go to a party,but she refuses. Rashe the photographer talks with her a bit,and Ingrid requires security guard presence to go with her to her car,cause she feels nervous. Death scene of guy with the glasses is cut. Death scene of security guard is cut. He is not shown getting hit by the van. 6. Slasher's place/Hospital Shot of Nightslasher cutting his finger is cut. Alternate dialogue. TV Cut - "Friggin liar" DVD uncut - "Fucking liar" 7. Attack on Cobra: Extended version of apartment attack. Sniper arrives in the car,guy on the street looks at Cobra's place and puts his mask on. 2 shots of 2 guys climbing up the stairs armed with axes are shown. They continue to climb and then cut the light while sniper is looking from his car. Later when he sees one of the guys shot by Cobra falling down,sniper starts the car and escapes. Some violence and blood are cut during the fight between Cobra and gang members. 8. Hospital attack: Shot of Slasher walking across the hallway with blood on his glove holding the knife is cut. Alternate shot of Cobra's arrival. Close up of Slasher's bloody glove is cut. 9.After the attacks: Alternate dialogue: TV cut - "Damn" DVD Uncut - "Goddamn" Line "Enough of this bullshit" from one of the cops is cut,instead he talks longer with Cobra. 10. After the chase: Extended scene where Cobra says that there is leak in the police,bald cop asks him a question. 11. "Feel The Heat": Extended dialogue between Cobra and Ingrid during the drive where he says that he never left California,and after some more dialogue,Cobra says some joke about football that ends with line "Have you seen my legs?" In restaurant,Gonzalet asks Stalk will she sexually assault him afterwards. After Cobra and Ingrid start to kiss,there is extra shot showing some old guy watching the motel from his house across the street and pulling the curtain. 12. Town attack: Extra scene where old guy is watching "DIAL M FOR MURDER" on TV. Some wires are shown being cut. Woman is washing dishes in a kitchen. Sniper is shown behind the window. Somebody catches women's hair from behind. Shots of old man watching TV and smoking pipe are shown,woman's shadow is shown while she is killed and the killer shadow,considering the haircut,implies that killer is Nightslasher. Sniper breaks window with axe,old guy is strangled quickly,his pipe falls down to the ground, close up shot of a parrot getting nervous is shown,and then zoom on sniper face. 13. Final showdown: Death scene of sniper is cut. Shots of him burning alive are cut. Nightslasher's death scene is cut. He is only shown impaled for a few seconds,but the parts of him hanging on hook,screaming,going into fire and getting burned are cut. Extra scene after the shootout.Cobra and Ingrid are walking out of the factory when three cops show up and point shotguns at them.Cobra then says: "You guys missed the hell of a party." He also tells them that he is a cop,and when one of the other cops says that he wants answers now,Cobra says something else and then leaves. See more »


Soundtracks

Loving On Borrowed Time
(Love Theme from Cobra)
Performed by Gladys Knight and Bill Medley
Written by Brian Short and Ed Hamilton
Produced by Joe Chicarelli
Gladys Knight appears courtesy of MCA Records
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Do you have a lifejacket?
9 April 2004 | by SuperfluousChapSee all my reviews

This picture is classic 1980s action at its best and most cliche. My favorite scene is right at the top of the movie. Cobra is in a supermarket, on the trail of a guy who's killing safeway employees for fun. Cobra's in pursuit. He passes a 6-foot display case of Coors light. Stops. Cracks a can. Takes a sip. Tosses it on the floor. Continues in pursuit.

It reminds me of another 80s action flick few will remember called the Punisher with Louis Gossett Junior. Some dufus is carrying pizza into the torture chamber where LGJ is getting it. EXCEPT HE'S NOT GETTING IT, guys. He's already knocked the guy out with a punch and a pressure point maneuver. Then, Gosset neutralizes the pizza guy. But rather than let the pizza, which is all over the floor, go to waste, he kneels down, takes a couple of pieces, bites, then leaves the room as though nothing has happened.

I learned a lot from Cobra and Stallone's character, Marion Cobretti. First, I need to get a "nitro" option on my car so I can go as fast as he did. Second is a great line to reel in the girl, next time you're out on a date and she's using too much catsup on her fries.

"Do you have a lifejacket?" "Why" "To save all the french fries that are drowning."

This movie is a classic for 80s action lovers. I own the DVD and highly recommend it.


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Language:

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Release Date:

23 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,653,032, 25 May 1986

Gross USA:

$49,042,224

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,042,224
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Ultra Stereo (35 mm prints) (as Eagle Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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