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Cobra 1986

4.3 out of 5 stars (80) 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.

Starring:
Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen
Runtime:
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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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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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"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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