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Cobra nero (1987)

A lone cop struggles to protect a female photographer from a gang of psychopathic bikers.


Stelvio Massi


Danilo Massi

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Complete credited cast:
Fred Williamson ... Detective Robert Malone
Eva Grimaldi ... Elys Trumbo
Bruno Bilotta ... Bandit Leader (as Karl Landgren)
Maurice Poli ... Chief Max Walker
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ... Malone's Partner
Sabrina Siani ... Walker's Daughter
Aldo Mengolini Aldo Mengolini ... Politician
Sabina Gaddi Sabina Gaddi ... Nurse
Laura Lancia Laura Lancia ... Girl
Gaetano Russo Gaetano Russo ... Alan (as Ronald Russo)
Rita Bartolini Rita Bartolini ... Model
Luciana Cirenei Luciana Cirenei ... Neighbour


Early in "Black Cobra," Detective Robert Malone establishes himself as a maverick, uncompromising policeman when he guns down several criminals during a hostage standoff. Next, he finds himself protecting a female photographer who has witnessed a murder. She is sought by a moronic gang of motorcyclists who have been murdering and raping at will. Malone finds them, confronts them, and takes care of (police) business. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

18 December 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Cobra See more »

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1.66 : 1
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[first lines]
Detective Robert Malone: [on the police radio] Yeah, what is it?
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK video was cut by 1 min 14 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of throwing stars and to edit the beating of a man in a tunnel, a man being dragged behind a motorbike and shots of neck wounds. The DVD features the same cut print. See more »


Followed by Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection (1990) See more »

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Fred Williamson is one tough dude...
1 July 2008 | by legendaryunderdogSee all my reviews

Fred Williamson rocks! I will admit that the cinematography is horrible, the acting is way below sub-par, the direction is beyond weak but this movie just rocks! Some movies can be "so bad that they're good" and this film is honestly a fine description of that phrase. Yeah the villains are awful dorky in their little bike-suits and dirt-bikes they haul around in. Williamson is solid gold as Detective Robert Malone in this flick, he's bad, he's mean, he's had a rough past that he'd love to forget and he gets to protect a photographer that took some incriminating photos of a biker gang (The Black Cobras) committing a crime that unfortunately for her and Malone didn't develop properly, soo (you guessed it!) that leaves the face of the culprit(s) as unknown. So Malone's gotta get out on the streets and do it his own way , this film should've been called "Dirty Robert", Williamson's character is practically a mirror image to Clint Eastwood's famous "Dirty" Harry Callahan character. I suggest this movie to everybody that breathes on the face of this earth. If you are having an evening alone (or with friends) and you wanna watch a movie that doesn't ask much of the viewer and you wanna see some butts get kicked....Then my friends, The Black Cobra is for You! 10 out of 10 stars because I'm sure nobody else likes this movie as much as I do!

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