Trivia / Cobra

  • Deleted Role:
    • Al Leong was initially cast as one of the lead villains. His role was eliminated following protests by an advocacy group that objected to the casting of an Asian villain.
    • Much of David Rasche's role was cut from the final version. In the behind-the-scenes documentary, an additional scene featuring him is shown being filmed.
  • Follow the Leader: Cobretti clearly went to Harry Callahan's Boy Scout Camp as a child, and apparently loved the mentor so much that, once he grew up, he took Callahan's partner Reni Santoni, and even once again named him Gonzalez. He took Dirty Harry's villain Andy Robinson as well, though the latter is now merely a well-meaning jerk and a compulsively By-the-Book Cop.
  • Playing Against Type: Andrew Robinson may have been a dick, but he was a dick on the right side of the law.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Cannon Films at one point planned a sequel.
  • Throw It In!: Cobretti slicing his pizza with scissors.
  • Wag the Director: George P. Cosmatos was pretty much a director in name-only. Sylvester Stallone was really the one who called the shots.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Much of this film was taken from Sylvester Stallone's version of Beverly Hills Cop. When he left that project, he brought his ideas into this film, and that film was turned into a comedy starring Eddie Murphy.
    • "The Touch" by Stan Bush (yes, that song) was originally planned for this movie.
    • Stallone's first draft had a lot of differences from later drafts and the film. These include opening shootout taking place in movie theater instead of a grocery store and lot more people getting killed, Cobra mentioning how some psychopath he was trying to catch killed his girlfriend, additional big action sequence taking place during night on a boat where Cobra and Ingrid are hiding when they get attacked by Nightslasher's cult members but Cobra and Gonzalez manage to kill them all, and different ending in which it's revealed that Monte was actual leader of the New Order cult and when he tries to kill Ingrid he gets shot and killed by Cobra.


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