Cobra (1986 film)

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Directed by George P. Cosmatos
Produced by Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Written by Sylvester Stallone
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Brigitte Nielsen
Reni Santoni
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography Ric Waite
Editing by James R. Symons
Don Zimmerman
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) May 23, 1986
Running time 87 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
Gross revenue $160 million

Cobra is a 1986 action film, starring Sylvester Stallone as Los Angeles Police Department officer Lieutenant Marion "Cobra" Cobretti. Cobra is trying to take down the New Order, a cult of social Darwinist serial killers led by the man only identified as "The Night Slasher". In the movie Los Angeles has become a nightmarish haven for lawlessness and corruption, a place where crime goes unpunished because police officers choose to follow the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit and because unethical and unscrupulous lawyers work to get criminals off and back on the streets.[1]

In the movie Cobra is shown to care more about protecting the lives of innocent people, than to care about what laws he is breaking. For instance when a member of the liberal press is yelling at Cobra after he dispatches a gunman, a member of the New Order, during a hostage situation at a supermarket and the paparazzo claims "No matter what you think, people are entitled to protection by the law", Cobra responds by showing him the corpse of the one of the gunman's victims and says to him, "You tell that to his family!" All this shows that the law cannot define what is right, and that morality comes from God and not the government. Cobra fights for what is right, not what is "legal". [2] Also contains a scene where Ronald Reagan's photo is clearly being hung in Cobra's office.


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