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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.

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writers:

Bruce Chatwin (novel), Werner Herzog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Francisco Manoel da Silva / Cobra Verde
King Ampaw King Ampaw ... Taparica
José Lewgoy ... Don Octavio Coutinho
Salvatore Basile ... Captain Fraternidade
Peter Berling ... Bernabé
Guillermo Coronel Guillermo Coronel ... Euclides
Nana Agyefi Kwame II Nana Agyefi Kwame II ... Bossa Ahadee (as His Royal Highness Nana Agyefi Kwame II of Nsein)
Nana Fedu Abodo Nana Fedu Abodo ... Yovogan
Kofi Yerenkyi Kofi Yerenkyi ... Bakoko
Kwesi Fase Kwesi Fase ... Kankpé
Benito Stefanelli ... Captain Pedro Vicente
Kofi Bryan Kofi Bryan ... Messenger of Bossa Ahadee
Carlos Mayolo ... Governor of Bahia
Pedro Oliveira Pedro Oliveira
A. Kwesi Compson 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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sugar | tribe | cinema | ship | drummer | See All (113) »

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The slaves will sell their masters and grow wings...

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The producers suggested that Werner Herzog should cast Afro-American actors as the African characters, but Herzog insisted on casting local African performers. See more »

Goofs

Some female subjects of the king wear African waxprints which have first been produced by the Netherlands since 1880s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Poor Singing Musician: That will cost you money. Ladies and gentlemen, you'll have to pay up, If you want me to sing the ballad of Francisco Manoel, The bandit Cobra Verde, The poorest of the poor, The master of the slaves, It was he who became Viceroy, It was he who was the Alonest of the Alone.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

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Hey, wanna see Kinski act crazy in a Herzog film
3 November 1999 | by batzi8m1See 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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Details

Country:

West Germany | Ghana

Language:

German | Ewe | Portuguese

Release Date:

3 December 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Cobra Verde See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,402, 25 March 2007

Gross USA:

$12,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,702
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Agfacolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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