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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 »

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Trivia

Was originally picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, but the theatrical release intended for the U.S. was cancelled after DEG fell into bankruptcy. It would not get released in the U.S. until the year 2000, when Anchor Bay released it on DVD and VHS for the first time in the U.S. 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

[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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Referenced in Testament (1988) See more »

User Reviews

compelling ,stunning and dark work
28 December 1999 | by che-29See all my reviews

'Cobra Verde' is a really great movie!!I was surprised because i never hear this film praised by critics.I've been an avid Herzog fan for years and even after all these years his films still have the power to shock me. there are many bizarre and stunning images in this film.It's really a fascinating movie,and would be good to use in a world history class.Klaus kinski is really great in the title role ,and Herzog's trademark visuals have never been better.Some of the visuals I found to be very disturbing,One scene in particular that is straight out of a jodorowsky film. The film has a very powerful ending that will have great impact on anyone who likes films.See it even if your not into herzog's movies.


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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:

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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

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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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