Cobra Verde (1987) Ghana
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Director:Werner Herzog
Studio:Anchor Bay
Producer:Lucki Stipetić
Writer:Bruce Chatwin, Werner Herzog
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:2 wins
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:German, Dolby Digital 5.1, English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Werner Herzog  ...  (Director)
Bruce Chatwin, Werner Herzog  ...  (Writer)
Klaus Kinski  ...  Francisco Manoel da Silva aka Cobra Verde
King Ampaw  ...  Taparica
José Lewgoy  ...  Don Octavio Coutinho
Salvatore Basile  ...  Captain Fraternidade
Peter Berling  ...  Bernabé
Guillermo Coronel  ...  Euclides
Nana Agyefi Kwame II  ...  King Bossa Ahadee (as His Royal Highness Nana Agyefi Kwame II of Nsein)
Nana Fedu Abodo  ...  Yovogan
Kofi Yerenkyi  ...  Bakoko
Kwesi Fase  ...  Kankpe
Benito Stefanelli  ...  Captain Pedro Vincente
Kofi Bryan  ...  
Carlos Mayolo  ...  Governor of Bahia
A. Kwesi Compson  ...  
Yolanda García  ...  
Pedro Oliveira  ...  
Comments: The slaves will sell their masters and grow wings...

Summary: In their last film together, director Werner Herzog drew from actor Klaus Kinski a performance that grounds Kinski's volcanic passions with a new gravity--perhaps age was bringing Kinski down to earth. He plays Cobra Verde, a notorious Brazilian bandit, whom a plantation owner hires to keep his slaves in line. After Cobra Verde impregnates all his daughters, the owner and the authorities conspire to send the bandit to Africa to reopen the slave trade. They expect him to be killed, but through a mixture of his own cunning and the volatile politics of West Africa, Cobra Verde ends up leading an army of women to overthrow the king. Cobra Verde is disjointed, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. Kinski is magnetic in scene after remarkable scene, and though the whole isn't satisfying, the parts certainly are. --Bret Fetzer