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Saturday Movie Day: The Campy But Still Awesome Chase From The Stallone Movie “Cobra”


Saturday Movie Day: The Campy But Still Awesome Chase From The Stallone Movie “Cobra”

The Sylvester Stallone movie Cobra may be mostly unwatchable dreck, but I like the car chase in it, despite the fact that there’s a fair amount of campy weirdness throughout. The reason I like it is because it is the hardest I have ever seen, or will ever see an old Mercury get driven. Lead sleds are cool to look at but obviously they aren’t known for ground pounding power or jumps, so that’s where my enjoyment of this car chase comes in. Most of it was filmed at pretty low speeds because the Mercury is chasing an Aspen or Volare or some other mid-1970s heap that would stall when the cigarette lighter was pushed in, but the genuine automotive violence that happens on screen is worth your price of admission.

Stuff to look for that’s so bad it is funny? When Stallone blows up the pickup truck shortly after the video starts, you can see it was a rare tube framed 1970s Ford F-150. Sad they wrecked that one, after  all, how many were ever built with a full chrome-moly chassis? Him flipping the “nitrous” switch and bending the needle right off the end of the speedo is funny, and there are continuity issues with the whole thing. At one point the car is chasing someone and then BLAMO it is in front, spun around, and Sly is blasting them to bits. Campy and low budget? You betcha!

PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE THE SO-FUNNY-IT-IS-GOOD CAR CHASE FROM THE MOVIE COBRA!


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6 thoughts on “Saturday Movie Day: The Campy But Still Awesome Chase From The Stallone Movie “Cobra”

  1. TheSilverBuick

    “an Aspen or Volare or some other mid-1970s heap that would stall when the cigarette lighter was pushed in, ”

    LMAO!

  2. cantvalve16

    You have to love how the Volare sounds like it’s running a slightly detuned Nascar motor at one point. Ha!

    Oh, and my personal favorite is the tach reading 8500 RPM when it sounds more like 3500 RPM.

    1. POS Dakota

      ha! I caught that too. I saw this when it came out, but now that I’ve seen it again, I call Cheesy…

  3. Scott Liggett

    Continuity? How bout the car chase starting in downtown LA, then suddenly they are 17 miles away jumping the canals in Venice. That area was a dump then.

  4. Fastmpj

    My Volare ran 13s and never stalled when the cigarette lighter was pushed in. That being said, I think they built 5 Mercs for the movie and 1 may have survived.

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