He did not have superpowers, laser weapons, or a masked face. He only had dark glasses, gloves, a match in his mouth, and the face of Sylvester Stallone. That was enough to give rise to a generation of video-maniac men growing up in the 80s to emulate him in their vigilante crime-fighting pursuant to their own code. Cobra was not the first – his lack of discipline and ruthlessness were reminiscent of Dirty Harry. Similarly, he used memorable lines like "This is where the law stops and I start" or "You’re the disease, and I’m the cure." These features were characteristic of the average action hero from three decades ago, when the ruthlessness of film characters corresponded with the policies of Ronald Reagan. Cobra is a film that has only gotten better with age. While it no longer meets the needs of the genre, it is a record of a certain era and type of esthetics in the history of (home) cinema.
George P. Cosmatos (1941-2005) was a Hollywood director of Greek origin. He began his career as an assistant to Michael Cacoyannis on the film Zorba the Greek. He is best known as a maker of action movies in the 1980s. Public recognition did not, however, mean critical success. His best-known achievements are Rambo 2 and Cobra. His last film was Shadow Conspiracy from 1997.
1971 The Beloved
1985 Rambo 2
1997 Spisek / Shadow Conspiracy