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

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

West Germany | Ghana

Language:

German | Ewe | Portuguese

Release Date:

3 December 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Slave Coast See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »

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Budget:

DEM 800,000 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

The fifth and last of the Werner Herzog/Klaus Kinski collaborations, the other four being: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979) & Fitzcarraldo (1982). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Francisco Manoel da Silva: [storming into the royal hut] The dead Kings have deposed you!
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Referenced in Testament (1988) See more »

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Visually impressive, but a weak story .............
29 September 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Klaus Kinski in all his craziness cannot save this visually stunning, but ultimately boring movie from Werner Herzog. I have seen travel films with more substance, and there is very little meaningful dialog. This plays like a film on African customs, with Kinski just happening to be in almost every scene. The story lacks cohesion, many scenes go on for way too long, and there is zero character development other than Klaus Kinski. Though it portends to be an epic like "Aguirre" or "Fitzcarraldo", it is not even close to the entertainment value of those films. "Cobra Verde" is little more than a string of exotic visuals. - MERK


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