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The Day of the Cobra

1980 1h 35m Crime Drama List
Reviews 33% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A former narcotics detective is re-hired to track down an old nemesis working the streets and back alleys of Genoa. Read More Read Less

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Chase Burns The Stranger (Seattle, WA) This recommendation is purely for the vibes-specifically, the title track by Paolo Vasile, which makes up approximately three-quarters of the reason to watch this great Euro Crime... Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Narcotics Agency head hires the Cobra to flush out a heroin kingpin but with the alterior motive to find safety deposit box keys. Average but always a treat to watch Franco Nero who gives another great display of emotion here after his boy dies. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Narcotics Agency head hires the Cobra to flush out a heroin kingpin but with the alterior motive to find safety deposit box keys. Average but always a treat to watch Franco Nero who gives another great display of emotion here after his boy dies. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member "Don't Give a Damn, I am The Cobra!!!!!!"/ This is an AWESOME ENZO G. CASTARELLI poliziotti film ("poliziotti" is close to the genre-term I'm trying to recall-I will update this review when I remember the term). Similar to the Italian giallo-films the Italian "poliziotti-films" (remember "poliziotti" is not the exact term) are a type of Italian crime film that focus on the drama from the "Cop's Perspective" as opposed to the "Murder's Perspective." So in IL GIORNO DI COBRA (DAY OF THE COBRA) we have FRANCO NERO as a ex-policeman-come-private investigator who is given an assignment by his former boss to crack-up some sort of international crime ring. Its been a very long time since I've seen it (DAY OF THE COBRA was only out on MEDIA HOME ENTERTAINMENT VHS and recently was released on DVD) but the crime-ring was instrumental in causing the death of Detective MARION Cobretti's ( played by FRANCO NERO )son played by David Colin, Jr. (who starred in BEYOND THE DOOR as "Ken Barret" and in BEYOND THE DOOR II as "Marco" yet appears to be un-credited in Il Giorno Di Cobra [HOW and WHY I remember this stuff is beyond me]). Ultimately it's a "RAW DEAL REVENGE movie" with Private Investigator Marion Cobretti given the task of hunting-down and killing "The Syndicate" that murdered his only child and then framed Cobretti to be fired from the police force. In fact COBRA is short for COBRETTI and COBRETTI does not like anyone to call him by his first name MARION because Marion sounds like a girl's name. (Another site) lists the Franco Nero character as "Larry Stanziani," yet if The Guy's name was STANZIANI, where does the nickname "COBRA" come from: The Guy's name IS COBRETTI in DAY OF THE COBRA. And then the SYLVESTER STALLONE character in COBRA shares the same name with the Franco Nero character in Il GIORNO DI COBRA: Marion Cobretti. Anyway, FRANCO NERO goes through a series of life-threatening misadventures until the end including getting his ass kicked by a TRANSVESTITE NIGHT-CLUB OWNER . . . DAY OF THE COBRA is corny . . . BUT I LOVE IT A LOT!!!!! And there's some BITCHIN' 1970s poliziatechi music by PAOLO VASILE . . . and an appearance of ROMANO PUPPO f from L'ULTIMO SQUALO as the Big Shot Shark Hunter Carrying a Rifle and 2019 - DOPO LA CADUTA DI NEW YORK (GREAT WHITE-THE LAST SHARK and AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK) as The Mysterious Rachet With a Big Secret. If there are any ROMANO PUPPO fans out there, I am saddened to report that Romano Puppo passed away in 1994 after succumbing to injuries suffered in an ATV accident. I think that besides me and about FIVE other people, nobody even KNOWS who ROMANO PUPPO even is. . . ROMANO PUPPO we'll never forget you!!!! (The Five Other People Including Me) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Good film. Any film with Nero/Castellari teaming up is worth watching. But a memorable score and a great opening chase sequence help notch this one up in the Eurocrime stakes. However if you want to see these two at their best, maybe try STREET LAW instead. Or for a Western the incomporable KEOMA. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Down and out private eye is lured back in business by an old cohort to track down a heroin dealer and a valuable safety deposit box key. A reunion of sorts for stars Nero and Sybil. Nero delivers raw emotion once again in the wake of his son's tragic death. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A former narcotics detective is re-hired to track down an old nemesis working the streets and back alleys of Genoa.
Director
Enzo G. Castellari
Producer
Turi Vasile
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Sep 19, 2006
Runtime
1h 35m