Cobra is a 1986 American action film "directed" by George P. Costamos, and written by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the title role (the two previously worked together in 1985's Rambo: First Blood Part II). The film co-stars Reni Santoni, Brigitte Nielsen, and Andrew Robinson. The film was loosely based on the novel Fair Game by Paula Gosling.
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness from a social darwinistic supremacist group.
Why It Sucks
- Overfilled with cliches. While cliches are a typical thing for 80's and 90's cop and action movies, this movie uses them to full extent.
- Intrusive product placement.
- Tries too hard to be dark and edgy.
- Farfetched plot.
Cobra was panned by critics and audiences. The film currently holds a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 2.7 out of 10, but lacks a consensus. Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune gave the film a two and a half out of four stars and described the film as "a nonstop war between one grenade-and-gun-laden man." Steve Crum of Video-Reviewmaster.com described it as "Sub-par Stallone shoot-em-up."
Cobra opened up at #1 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $12,653,032 and later made a domestic gross of $49 million. In foreign countries, Cobra made $111 million. Overall, the film made a worldwide gross of $160 million against its $25 million budget making it a success.
Awards and nominations
Cobra was nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, but lost to Howard the Duck.
- The screenplay was originally conceived from ideas Stallone had during pre-production of 1984's Beverly Hills Cop, whose screenplay he heavily revised. Stallone had wanted to make Beverly Hills Cop a less comedic and more action-oriented film, which the studio rejected as being far too expensive. When he left that project, Eddie Murphy was brought in to play the lead role.
- Despite George P. Costamos being listed as the director for the movie, the title was a honorific at best. Stallone was the one who was really calling all the shots.
- The movie was originally supposed to release with an X rating and a run-time of 120 minutes. A good 30 minutes worth of footage was cut and a lot of the violence was toned down so that the movie could compete with the then smash hit Top Gun.