Cobra Verde



A fearsome 19th century bandit, Cobra Verde cuts a swath through Brazil until he arrives at the sugar plantation of Don Octávio Countinho. Not knowing that his new guest is the notorious bandit and impressed by his ruthless ways, Don Octávio hires Cobra Verde to oversee his slaves. But when Cobra Verde impregnates Don Octávio’s three daughters, the incensed plantation owner exiles the outlaw to Africa where he is expected to reopen the slave trade. Following his trans-Atlantic journey, Cobra Verde exploits tribal conflicts to commandeer an abandoned fortress and whips an army of naked warriors into a frenzied bloodlust as he vies for survival.

  1. Werner Herzog

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Bruce Chatwin


Top Billed Cast

  1. Klaus Kinski

    Klaus Kinski

    Francisco Manoel da Silva aka Cobra Verde

  2. King Ampaw


  3. José Lewgoy

    José Lewgoy

    Don Octavio Coutinho

  4. Salvatore Basile

    Salvatore Basile

    Captain Fraternidade

  5. Peter Berling

    Peter Berling


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Cobra Verde
Cobra Verde



Status Released

Release Information

  • December 3, 1987


    Children 12 or older admitted, children between 6 and 11 only when accompanied by parent or a legal guardian.

Original Language German

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -



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