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

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 loosely based on the novel Fair Game by Paula Gosling, which was also filmed under that title in 1995; it also arose out of Stallone's original ideas for the film Beverly Hills Cop. 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 Cobretti aka "the Cobra" (Sylvester Stallone), a police officer from a division of the police known as the “Zombie Squad”, 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.

When the bodies were taken out of the supermarket, Cobretti is admonished by Detective Monte (Andrew Robinson) for his seeming disregard for police procedures and protocols. At the time, what was 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 Angelesmarker perpetrated by the same supremacist group referred 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 Knudson (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 were made on their lives by various individuals, Cobretti theorizes that there is an army of killers operating with the same M.O., but his suggestion was rebuffed by his superiors. The police department decided it would be safest that 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 were staying. With barely enough time to react, the attackers stormed 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 bailed out on foot into a lemon grove and escape into a nearby factory.

Cobretti had most of the Order killed or disabled by at this point, but there were still a few members that followed them into the building. After eliminating every member aside from the Night Slasher himself, 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 has arrived and begun 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 punched Monte out and the ending credits begin with Cobretti and Ingrid climbing onto one of the many motorcycles left by the Order and riding 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

Video game

Ocean Software released a video game in 1986 to coincide with the film's release. The game is a side-scrolling action game where the player controls Cobretti as he tries to defeat the cult of the Night Slasher and protect model Ingrid from their wrath. Released for the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, the game is well-known for its music score and its high level of difficulty. Due to a rush to get the game out in time for the film's release, there was no final boss programmed in to end the game; Once the first three levels are completed, the game repeats.

The music in the game is not actually written by Ben Daglish. The music, Skyline by Sylvester Levay, was supposed to be in the original soundtrack of the movie but was never actually used.


  1. "Voice of America's Sons" - John Cafferty
  2. "Feel the Heat" - Jean Beauvoir
  3. "Loving on Borrowed Time" - Brian Short
  4. "Skyline" - Silvester Levay
  5. "Hold on to Your Vision" - Gary Wright
  6. "Suave" - Miami Sound Machine
  7. "Cobra" - Silvester Levay
  8. "Angel of the City" - Robert Tepper
  9. "Chase" - Silvester Levay
  10. "Two into One" - Bill Medley & Carmen Twillie

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