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Film / The Black Cobra

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"There's muscle in his venom and fire in his heart!"

The Black Cobra is a 1987 Italian blaxploitation film starring Fred Williamson.

A photographer witnesses a murder by a gang of maniacal bikers. They notice her, and the chase is on! Only a lone police officer, Robert "Bob" Malon, can save her.

The film was followed by three sequels - The Black Cobra 2 in 1989, Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection in 1990, and Detective Malone in 1991.

This film contains examples of:

  • Badass Longcoat: Malone wears a leather one.
  • Batman Cold Open: Robert saving some hostages from a gang of bank robbers.
  • Big Bad: The unnamed leader of the bikers.
  • Cowboy Cop: Malone will kill any criminal, even if it's against orders.
  • Evil Plan: The bandit leader seeks to kill a woman who witnessed a murder his gang committed.
  • For the Evulz: The biker gang leader just causes chaos for fun.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The reason Malone is so hard-line in his pursuit of justice is because some robbers killed his father figure when he was a child.
  • Kick the Dog: The bandit leader deciding to try and kill a reporter who photographed him even after learning the photos were unusable.
  • Mockbuster: Of Cobra.
  • Sadist: The bandit leader, who believes that true freedom is to cause chaos and hurt people for fun, but abandons his men to die when the heroes come for them.
  • Shout-Out: During the climax, Malone does a near word-for-word recreation of the "Do I feel lucky?" speech from Dirty Harry.
  • Straight Edge Evil: The bandit leader doesn't allow his goons to use drugs, but this is simply because he wants them in top shape.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The bikers cover one of their own in a victim's blood so they can bluff their way into a hospital to kill a witness.