As crime runs rampant in the United States, the hard-as-nails LAPD Lieutenant, Marion "Cobra" Cobretti, is the only cure for the crime-infested urban jungle of Los Angeles. In the meantime, a string of seemingly unconnected and unmotivated random assaults on civilians will soon drag the hardened officer into a violent war against the psychopaths of the secret organisation named "The New World". With the criminal society's sole purpose to weed out the weak, Cobra will escort an important witness--the young model, Ingrid--out of town to protect her; however, the movement's delusional killers will stop at nothing to track her down. Now, the only one who stands in their way is the one-man-army Lieutenant. Are they prepared for Cobra's nasty bite?Written by
For her death scene, Lee Garglington actually rehearsed with a stunt person for 45 Minutes prior to shooting the scene with Sylvester Stallone. When Stallone and his entourage showed up, she asked him if they could rehearse the scene a couple of times since she was a "big girl" at the time in which Stallone was "do your best". Garglington would jump on Stallone twice knocking him down both times and looking a bit embarrassed with no reaction from the cast or crew. She does it a third time with Stallone staggering as she's on top of him. He breaks out into laughter along with the crew and decides to rehearse the scene with her. See more »
When Sly drives the truck around a corner you can see two drivers in the cab, even though he's supposed to be escaping alone. See more »
In America, there's a burglary every 11 seconds, an armed robbery every 65 seconds, a violent crime every 25 seconds, a murder every 24 minutes and 250 rapes a day.
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In early 1990's,different version of Cobra was broadcasted on TV. Here is the list of differences between normal version and TV edit: 1.Opening hostage scene: Alternate shot when gang member shoots with his shotgun. He shoots 2 times on fruits,but in TV cut one of these is close up shot of fruits exploding. Alternate dialogue. TV Cut - "You lookin at the brave hunter!" DVD Uncut - "You lookin at the fuckin hunter!" Close up of knife in gang members belly is cut. Line "Don't listen to this asshole" from Gonzalez is cut. 2.Cobra arrives home: Extra few seconds dialogue scene during the Cobra's argument with low rider.Cobra turns around and says something like: "Don't dirt America,keep it clean." Cobra talks briefly with old janitor: "How you doin'? You're doing really good job here",then crosses woman coming down the stairs with her dog,checks his mailbox and goes to his apartment. Song "Suave" is playing longer in this extended scene. 3. Aftermath of first murder: Extra scene after the first Nightslasher murder in which young Asian kid brings box in police station. Cop tell the kid to stay inside and go pick himself one of the toys from the box on the other side of the room. While kid is checking the toys,cop takes the box and sees blood dripping from bottom.Then he receives a phone call in which Nightslasher says something like: "Her hands are with you, but her soul is in the new world". Cop tells some other cop to trace the call and scene cuts to the regular autopsy scene. 4. Gang during the day: After Cobra shoots paper target,extra scene is shown. Nightslasher is at his day job cutting fish in some factory,sniper guy is working is some garage and there is a shot of him loking at electric wires. In police precinct where Cobra shoot the target,sideview of some police officers hands and forearms is shown while they are shooting paper targets. One of them is shown with gang's tattoo,skull with axes,on his forearm. Couple shots of gang performing their "axes and hammers" ritual are also shown. Music during these scenes is the same one that was used for opening credits. 5. Ingrid in the studio/Parking lot attack In the photo studio Ingrid is asked to go to a party,but she refuses. Rashe the photographer talks with her a bit,and Ingrid requires security guard presence to go with her to her car,cause she feels nervous. Death scene of guy with the glasses is cut. Death scene of security guard is cut. He is not shown getting hit by the van. 6. Slasher's place/Hospital Shot of Nightslasher cutting his finger is cut. Alternate dialogue. TV Cut - "Friggin liar" DVD uncut - "Fucking liar" 7. Attack on Cobra: Extended version of apartment attack. Sniper arrives in the car,guy on the street looks at Cobra's place and puts his mask on. 2 shots of 2 guys climbing up the stairs armed with axes are shown. They continue to climb and then cut the light while sniper is looking from his car. Later when he sees one of the guys shot by Cobra falling down,sniper starts the car and escapes. Some violence and blood are cut during the fight between Cobra and gang members. 8. Hospital attack: Shot of Slasher walking across the hallway with blood on his glove holding the knife is cut. Alternate shot of Cobra's arrival. Close up of Slasher's bloody glove is cut. 9.After the attacks: Alternate dialogue: TV cut - "Damn" DVD Uncut - "Goddamn" Line "Enough of this bullshit" from one of the cops is cut,instead he talks longer with Cobra. 10. After the chase: Extended scene where Cobra says that there is leak in the police,bald cop asks him a question. 11. "Feel The Heat": Extended dialogue between Cobra and Ingrid during the drive where he says that he never left California,and after some more dialogue,Cobra says some joke about football that ends with line "Have you seen my legs?" In restaurant,Gonzalet asks Stalk will she sexually assault him afterwards. After Cobra and Ingrid start to kiss,there is extra shot showing some old guy watching the motel from his house across the street and pulling the curtain. 12. Town attack: Extra scene where old guy is watching "DIAL M FOR MURDER" on TV. Some wires are shown being cut. Woman is washing dishes in a kitchen. Sniper is shown behind the window. Somebody catches women's hair from behind. Shots of old man watching TV and smoking pipe are shown,woman's shadow is shown while she is killed and the killer shadow,considering the haircut,implies that killer is Nightslasher. Sniper breaks window with axe,old guy is strangled quickly,his pipe falls down to the ground, close up shot of a parrot getting nervous is shown,and then zoom on sniper face. 13. Final showdown: Death scene of sniper is cut. Shots of him burning alive are cut. Nightslasher's death scene is cut. He is only shown impaled for a few seconds,but the parts of him hanging on hook,screaming,going into fire and getting burned are cut. Extra scene after the shootout.Cobra and Ingrid are walking out of the factory when three cops show up and point shotguns at them.Cobra then says: "You guys missed the hell of a party." He also tells them that he is a cop,and when one of the other cops says that he wants answers now,Cobra says something else and then leaves. See more »
Cobra is not a good action film. Neither is it a good cop drama or a good buddy cop film. Cobra is something else. It is a testimonial of what the USA were about in the late Reagan era.
The film introduces us to Marion Cobretti, a cop with an attitude who won't respect the rules since they are made to protect the bandits, the killers and the rapists. He thinks that to fight those, he has to act like them.
That is how he gets into conflict with his boss, Monte who is presented as a liberal freak who'd rather let people get killed than to use violence on the evil men. In a particular scene, Cobretti and his colleague Gonzales are talking about how they'd like to punch a hole in this Monte's chest. They are half-joking about it but you still feel that those trigger-happy cops would pretty much be able to do it anytime if they felt like it.
That same Monte is also presented as the person responsible for hiring a traitor female cop and forcing Cobretti to work with her. The result of this is that Cobretti almost gets killed because of the left-wing tolerant attitude of this liberal superior.
At the end of the movie, Cobretti saves the day by using every technique he knows to exterminate his foes(shooting them, blow them up, put them on fire, etc.) and then goes to punch his liberal boss in the face.
What really fascinates me the most in this film is how those ideas were mainstream less than 20 years ago. How crowd were supposed to react positively to this final punch in the mouth making a statement that liberals were responsible for the rise of crime in our society.
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