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George P. Cosmatos
USA 1986 / 87’

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.

Patryk Tomiczek

George P. Cosmatos

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.

Selected filmography

1971 The Beloved

1985 Rambo 2

1986 Cobra

1993 Tombstone

1997 Spisek / Shadow Conspiracy

Cast & Crew

director George P. Cosmatos
screenplay Sylvester Stallone
cinematography Ric Waite
editing James Symons, Din Zimmerman
music Sylvester Levay
cast Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Brian Thompson, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, Lee Garlington, Nick Angotti, John Herzfeld
producer Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
production Cannon Group, Golan-Globus Productions, Warner Bros.
sales Warner Bros
language English
colouration colour