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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...

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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:

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

Werner Herzog's notoriously combative relationship with Klaus Kinski reached something of a pitch in their final collaboration. A famous picture taken onset shows Kinski attempting to throttle Herzog in front of a crowd of African extras. Herzog discusses the picture with photographer Beat Presser in the documentary Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999): Herzog thinks that Kinski, aware of the camera, wanted to create a dramatic moment (Presser thinks Kinski was genuinely trying to kill him). See more »

Goofs

When Cobra Verde (Kinski) arrives at Elmina for the first time with ten rifles as gifts, he opens up the roll of weapons and pulls out a Lee-Enfield .303 bolt action rifle, a piece that began service with the British only in 1895 - long after the events at Dahomey and Elmina actually occurred. See more »

Quotes

Captain Pedro Vincente: The English have put a prize on your head.
Francisco Manoel da Silva: Finally something is happening!
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Connections

Featured in Klaus Kinski - Ich bin kein Schauspieler (2000) See more »

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Hail to the Viceroy
4 March 2005 | by pedrofjmkSee all my reviews

In principle, I would feel tempted to give it only a six. Except that then there are "buts"... But there is Werner Herzog. But there is the sociopathically brilliant Klaus Kinski. But there is that unforgettable final scene. But there is the historic memory behind the story. But there are silent scenes of sheer contemplation. But there is the image of the fortress of Elmina (originally Ajudá, or Ouidah), that lingers long after you have seen the movie. But there is the amazing sensuality of all those female-warriors in beautiful war outfits. But there is that young girl singing near the end, the lavish, teasing, provocative, self-assured look on her face, the expression in her eyes, the crystalline/aggressive sound of her voice. And 'but' there is the music. If you have read Bruce Chatwin's novel, you will be able to add up some details to the story line. The horror of the Kingdom of Daomé, for instance, is far from what BC described himself - and actually far from what history books tell us. In fact, you could build endless stories inside this movie. That's what makes it so good: all the things missing. It could have been a better achievement, but for all it's worth, it's really not the kind of movie you're likely to forget after a few weeks!


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