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Cobra Verde (1987)

Director: Werner Herzog     Starring: Klaus Kinski
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Learn more about Cobra Verde:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40142088
UPC: 013131109894
UPC 14: 00013131109894
Category Keywords: Based On A Novel  Slavery  Theatrical Release
Rating: NR
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In their final collaboration, werner herzog directs klaus kinski in the remarkable tale of francisco manoel da silva, the flamboyant 19th century brazilian bandit know as cobra verde. When the owner of a sugar plantation unknowingly hires the barefoot, gun-toting thief to keep his slaves in check.
Editor's Note
Filmed in Ghana, Brazil, and Colombia, COBRA VERDE is a visually astonishing 19th-century true-life tale about a Brazilian bandit known as Cobra Verde (played by the ever-intense Klaus Kinski) who is exiled to West Africa to rejuvenate the slave trade. Once he's in Africa, his sanity is put to the ultimate test, as he is an unwanted outsider in a foreign, uncultivated world. Holed up in a deserted slave fortress on the coast, Cobra Verde, like many Herzog/Kinski creations before him, goes about constructing an elaborate and unlikely scheme--in this case to build up a vast slave trade ruled under his iron fist. His plans fall apart, however, when the civil wars waged by the insane Leopard King come crashing down on Cobra Verde and his plans. When the bandit is rescued by the king's equally crazy brother, Cobra Verde gathers a vast army of Amazon women warriors and plans to regain his dominance. The exquisitely photographed dusty and alien landscape of the African coast is juxtaposed evocatively with the ridiculous behavior of the slave traders as represented by Cobra Verde. Herzog crafts a deft and powerful vision of human folly and the eventual tragedy that follows, chronicling Cobra Verde's descent into total madness and self-destruction.


Video Features DVD, Dolby Digital (5.1), Widescreen, Trailers, Biographies

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Anchor Bay
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/3/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1987
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11098
Video UPC UPC: 00013131109894
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: German
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, German
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info José Lewgoy
Video Cast Info Klaus Kinski
Video Cast Info Viktor Ruzicka - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Gloria Storch - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Bruce Chatwin - Writer
Video Cast Info Maximiliane Mainka - Editor
Video Cast Info Lucki Stipetic - Producer
Video Cast Info Popol Vuh - Composer
Video Cast Info Werner Herzog - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ulrich Bergfelder - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Werner Herzog - Director
Plot Summary
Shot in Africa and South America, COBRA VERDE is the intriguing story of a deranged bandit (Klaus Kinski) who is exiled to West Africa to rejuvenate the slave trade.

Memorable Quotes

"In my country, I was a snake!"----Cobra Verde (Klaus Kinski) to his army

"Eleven years of drought, the rocks are sick, the world is dying, evil is a trick."----Text from the introduction

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kinski,Klaus
Product attributeLabel:   Video Treasures
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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