Cobra 1986

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A street-wise detective's hard-line approach to the law is pushed to the limit when he challenges a rampaging band of psycho bikers. Sylvester Stallone plays the cop, and takes them on single-handedly in a car chase that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Starring:
Sylvester Stallone, Reni Santoni
Runtime:
1 hour 23 minutes

Cobra

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director George Pan Cosmatos
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Reni Santoni
Supporting actors Brigitte Nielsen, Andrew Robinson
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cobretti128 on 17 Oct 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Finally, the full version of this classic action-flick. Since the mid-80s all UK-realeases were missing one sentence during the final showdown. Fortunately for all fans, by now the BBFC have given a green light to the full version which is contained on the BD.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jackson on 16 July 2008
Format: DVD
1986 Action Classic! And one of Sly's most underrated movies, that deserved a sequel!
Simple plot, maverick cop Marion Cobretti (Stallone) is assigned to protect a beautiful female witness from a cult of Neo-Nazi style supremacist bikers who are terrorising Los Angeles with a spate of brutal murders - You get it all here; a scene reminiscent of Halloween 2 , where the cult leader (a monster of a man known as The Night Slasher) goes on a Michael Myers style killing spree at the City's hospital, plenty of bloody shootouts and fights and a couple of superb Car & Bike chases that are second only to the Mad Max movies, in terms of violence and spectacle. Really, really good stunt work and special effects! Also, there's lots of firearms, including Cobretti's hi-tech, laser sighted Jatimatic submachinegun, well deployed throughout the many chases and firefights!
All this is tightly directed (George P Cosmatos, Rambo 2), and sharply edited, with decent cinematography. Performances are fine for an action film, and this is very much a product of the late 80's in it's flashy lighting, camera angles and garish violence.
I would definiteley shortlist this as one of the definitive 1980's action movies!
Quite a decent AOR soundtrack too!
There's elements of Slasher movies, Dirty Harry style cop movies and a strong feel of the Mad Max/Road Warrior genre in the stunning car chases and biker atacks.
For fans of Mad Max 1&2, Stone Cold, The Terminator and the Lethal Weapon series...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 25 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Cobra is a classic slice of typical 80s action. Its cheesy, has a thin plot, plenty of macho cringeworthy moments, but despite this, the movie works.

There is no doubt that Stallone has charisma, thats what made him such a star in Hollywood, and he works on that to a treat here. Fans of his work will be delighted in that sense.

Stallone is backed up well too. We have Andrew Robinson and Reni Santoni as part of the law enforcement group- both are very good actors, and interestingly both starred in the classic Dirty Harry 15 years earlier.

The biggest surprise for me was Brigitte Nielsen, who as a baddie was a disaster in the ill fated Beverly Hills Cop 2. But here, as a woman on the run from a manic serial killer, she really impresses.

The script which was written by Stallone is poor indeed, that is the big let down here, but again the decent actors make the most of it. I'm sure at some points they may have improvised.

The direction is top notch, and it was a shrewd idea, possibly by Stallone to bring in George P Cosmatos who Stallone had previously worked with on Rambo 2.

A worthy note should also be aimed at the killer himself played by Brian Thompson who is mostly mute here, just adding even more of a sense of horror about his character.

And oh how inncocent the 80s were. There is an early supermarket showdown piece that has plenty of advertising for Pepsi. But in that scene Stallone decides to swig from a beer instead, also at the end Coke is advertised and drank. Its a small note, but that would NEVER happen in a film of today.

All in all if you like plain old dumbed down at times and cheesy action movies of this era, you should love Cobra- there is plenty of machine guns, deaths (though not graphic) and lots of car chases, its a hoot, all be it a guilty one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
"You're a disease and I'm the cure" snarls Sylvester Stallone in a gravely whisper while dressed like a gun-toting gay strippergram in Cobra, one of the campest and worst looking films of the 80s, and that's saying quite something for the star of Rocky IV. Kicking off with a gun pointed at the audience while Stallone lispths his way through a catalogue of daily "wape and wobbewe" statistics and including much speachifying about BS rules and the judges being on the criminals' side and no shortage of scenes of the evil medya and liberal detectives out to crucify its misunderstood killing machine with a badge, it's a poor man's Dirty Harry that looks more like a cheap Cannon straight-to-video film than a major studio release. Although Cannon godfathers Golan and Globus have producers credits on the film, they had no involvement beyond lending the studio the star, who was then under contract to them.) Marion Cobretti is the kind of cop who drives a classic car, slices pizza with scissors, has a giant photo of Ronald Reagan in his office and has a ready supply of one liners for every psychopath: when one threatens to blow up a supermarket, he simply replies "I don't shop here" before blowing him away. But most of the film sees him protecting the then-Mrs Stallone, Brigitte Nielson in a bad blonde wig and the kind of makeup that makes her look like an inflatable woman, who is being stalked by a cult of poorly defined serial killers dreaming of a New World order of hunters culling the weak.Read more ›
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