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This article is about the 1986 film. For the 1925 film, see Cobra (1925 film).

Theatrical release poster
Directed by George P. Cosmatos
Produced by Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Written by Novel:
Paula Gosling
Sylvester Stallone
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Brigitte Nielsen
Reni Santoni
Brian Thompson
Andrew Robinson
Art LaFleur
Lee Garlington
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography Ric Waite
Editing by James R. Symons
Don Zimmerman
Studio Golan-Globus
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Cannon Films
Release date(s) United States May 23, 1986
Running time 87 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
Gross revenue $49,042,224 (USA)
$160,000,000 (worldwide)

Cobra is a 1986 action film directed by George P. Cosmatos, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Reni Santoni and Brigitte Nielsen.

The screenplay by Stallone was originally written for the film Beverly Hills Cop. It was loosely based on the novel Fair Game by Paula Gosling, which was later filmed under that title in 1995. He had wanted to make a less comedic, more action-oriented film. When he left that project, Eddie Murphy was brought in to play the lead role.



Marion "the Cobra" Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) is a police officer from a division of the police known as the Zombie Squad. He is called into a hostage situation at a grocery store when negotiations fail. Cobretti kills the gunman, but before his death the criminal mumbles of a New Order: a group of supremacists who believe in killing the weak and leaving only the strongest and themselves to live and rule the world.

As the bodies are removed from the supermarket, Cobretti is admonished by Detective Monte (Andrew Robinson) for Cobretti's seeming disregard for police procedures and protocols. At the time, what is not known is that the supermarket event is connected to a string of recent and seemingly unconnected acts of violence and murder that have broken loose in Los Angeles perpetrated by the same supremacist group mentioned by the supermarket gunman.

After witnessing several individuals including the Night Slasher (the Order's leader, played by Brian Thompson) at the scene of one of the murders late at night, Ingrid Knudsen (Nielsen) becomes the target of the group because she was the only living witness to their crimes. After one attempt on her life, she is placed under the protective custody of Cobretti and his partner, Sergeant Gonzales (Reni Santoni). After several attempts are made on their lives by various individuals, Cobretti theorizes that there is an army of killers operating with the same modus operandi, but his suggestion is rebuffed by his superiors. The police department decides it will be safest if they relocate from the city.

Cobretti becomes romantically involved with Ingrid shortly after venturing out into the countryside, but one of the Order's leaders (who is a police officer traveling alongside the Cobretti) reveals the location of their whereabouts; despite Cobretti's suspicions and mistrust of the said officer, he does nothing and stayed the night in a motel. The Order moves in at dawn and besieges the small town that they are staying. With barely enough time to react, the attackers storm the motel room Cobretti is in with Ingrid, wounding Gonzales in the process. Killing several members but with more swarming into the town, Cobretti and Ingrid escape in a Dodge Ram pick-up truck. After the truck becomes severely damaged, the two travel on foot into a lemon grove and escape into a nearby factory.

Cobretti has most of the Order killed or disabled by this point, but there are still a few members that follow them into the building. After eliminating every member except for the Night Slasher, Cobretti and the leader ultimately engage in a deadly hand-to-hand duel inside the steel mill, ending with the Order's leader being impaled in the back by a large roaming hook and burned alive by Cobretti.

In the aftermath, Cobretti's department arrives and begins clean-up of the town, giving medical aid to Gonzales; the Order is all but eliminated. Detective Monte appears apologetic but confronts Cobretti again about his lack of regard to police protocols. Cobretti punches Monte, and the ending credits begin as Cobretti and Ingrid climbi onto one of the many motorcycles left by the Order and ride away.


Actor Role
Sylvester Stallone Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti
Brigitte Nielsen Ingrid
Reni Santoni Sergeant Gonzales
Andrew Robinson Detective Monte
Brian Thompson Night Slasher
John Herzfeld Cho
Lee Garlington Nancy Stalk
Art LaFleur Captain Sears (as Art La Fleur)
Marco Rodríguez Supermarket Killer (as Marco Rodriguez)
Ross St. Phillip Security Guard
Val Avery Chief Halliwell
David Rasche Dan
John Hauk Low Rider
Nick Angotti Prodski
Nina Axelrod Waitress


Various Artists
Released 1986 (1986)
Genre Soundtrack
Label Scotti Bros. Records
Producer Robin Garb
  1. "Voice of America's Sons" - John Cafferty
  2. "Feel the Heat" - Jean Beauvoir
  3. "Loving on Borrowed Time" - Brian Short
  4. "Skyline" - Sylvester Levay
  5. "Hold on to Your Vision" - Gary Wright
  6. "Suave" - Miami Sound Machine
  7. "Cobra" - Sylvester Levay
  8. "Angel of the City" - Robert Tepper
  9. "Chase" - Sylvester Levay
  10. "Two into One" - Bill Medley & Carmen Twillie

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