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Cobra 1986

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(78) IMDb 5.6/10

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.

Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen
1 hour, 23 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director George P. Cosmatos
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen
Supporting actors Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, Brian Thompson, John Herzfeld, Lee Garlington, Art LaFleur, Marco Rodríguez, Ross St. Phillip, Val Avery, David Rasche, John Hauk, Nick Angotti, Nina Axelrod, Joe Bonny, Brad Bovee, Kevin Breslin, Roger Aaron Brown, John Cahill
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 Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 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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18 of 20 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2015
Format: DVD
This is a late eighties crime thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone as the titular character, Cobra, a guy who's a particularly pugnacious street cop, a one-man assault force who comes across as a ghetto badass mix of Dirty Harry and Mad Max. If the police and S.W.A.T. can't take care of a dangerous situation, they call in Cobra to use strong arm tactics to restore law and order.
Cobra dispenses justice Judge Dredd style, with a laser-mounted sub-machine gun and a pearl-handled Colt .45 handgun. He drives an American muscle car, which looks like the bastard child of a VW Beetle and a Challenger Tank, and thinks that explaining a hoodlum's rights is a waste of energy.
Cobra finds himself tasked to track down a rampant serial killer, the Night Slasher, a sadistic maniac who's butchered 16 people, including men, women and children, using claw hammers, knives and axes. However, the desperate investigation leads to not one murderer, but to an army of deranged psychos hell-bent on slashing and hacking their way to a "New Order" in society...
This is a brutish, gung ho, eighties action flick, replete with graphic and senseless violence, and a cheesy Giorgio Moroder style synth soundtrack - and that's not intended as a criticism. Stallone is a suitably muscular and inoperably intolerant hard man, who metes out justice with all the discretion and restraint of a bazooka clad bull that's had Deep Heat ointment rubbed into its nether regions.
It's a crime thriller very much of its time, brainless and boorish, but perversely entertaining and stimulating, in no small part down to Stallone's stellar screen presence.
This movie is a solid 3.5 star action flick, but if you watch top notch modern action thrillers like Everly and Kingsman, you'll soon see how time has moved on with this genre.
Thank you very much for kindly taking the time to read this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 4 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
A gang of neo-fascist thugs, led by the 'Night Slasher', are breaking into people's home, then. When of of these thugs holds up a shop and takes hostages, Lt. Marian Cobretti is brought onto the case.

Another murder occurs, this one is witnessed by a young woman. She drives away before the thugs can kill her, but it isn't long before some creepy-looking people start making attempts on her life.

Cobretti plans to move the witness upstate, but with inside information, the thugs follow them......

This was a really strange move for Stallone. On first appearances, this looks like your bog standard eighties action movie, all explosions and shootings. It's true, there is plenty of this in the film, but it has a really evil sadistic edge to it.

Any scene involving the Slasher is eerie and downright un-nerving, something that action movies didn't do in the eighties, so in some really bizarre way, this could have paved the way for the more gritty movies we see now.

Stallone is as good as ever, and if your a fan, I'm sure you've seen this a dozen times anyway. Thompson steals the show as the bad guy, and there are times when you really do question yourself if Stallone will save the day.

Mrs Stallone just stands there looking good, and the action is as you'd expect, but a little tougher and brutal.

So its a fine action movie, just a little bit leftfield, and the book was remade yet again, starring Cindy Crawford called Fair Game, and bizarrely enough, they are almost different movies.

Plus its the best film ever to have the hero cut himself the smallest slice of pizza in the world whilst listening to Gloria Estefan...
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