Cobra Verde
Cobra Verde (1987)

When Francisco Manoel de Silva (Klaus Kinski) impregnates the three daughters of his plantation-owning employer, he is sent to West Africa to round up slaves. The irate land baron hopes the cynical and libidinous Francisco will meet certain… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 3, 1987
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Holcomb
Time Out

The type of crazed, folkloric epic that Germany's own De Niro-Scorsese duo usually excelled at.

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Ed Halter
Village Voice

It's easy to understand why this was Herzog's final collaboration with the actor, but Kinski's performance nevertheless serves up a potent confusion of documentary and fiction that has long been an essential element of Herzog's filmmaking.

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Hilary Mantel
The Spectator

Preposterous is the word for this effort. But in a year when Hollywood cuteness is to the fore, it is a good deed in a twee little world.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The final third of this film contains sequences of horrifying sublimity and ethereal beauty, moments that have a clarity and power beyond the reach of reason.

Time Out

Though less apocalyptical than usual, the imagery is as lavish as ever, but the film is wrecked by an underwritten narrative.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As odd as it is mesmerizing.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Verde is too blankly amoral to sustain interest, but the film has isolated moments of haunting poetry.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The underwritten dramatization is saved by the stunning surreal visuals.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The results are like Kinski's performance: baffling, breathtaking and strangely beautiful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Pure unadulterated delightful madness.
Marcus Woolcott
The problem with this film is the main character. Kinski does a great job but he feels two-dimensional and seems to go with the flow rather than having any… More
Eric Broome
"Cobra Verde" may be unjustifiably obscure, but it's also no match for its heralded older brothers "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Cobra Verde", Francisco Manoel da Silva aka Cobra Verde(Klaus Kinski) is the most feared bandit in all of Brazil. One day,… More