Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cobra (1986)



They don't make 'em like this anymore, do they?  Since I was going to be visiting Piru, I thought I would check out some other locations for Sylvester Stallone's violent vehicle, Cobra.

First up, the opening scene in the grocery store...







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Next up, the gas station stop, a location used in many films, my favorite being Friday the 13th Part V, of course....



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The next series is locations shot up in Piru, California.   A very small town that is featured in lots of films (Twilight Zone: The Movie, True Blood, Big Mama's House, Return of the Living Dead Part II, Dark Night of The Scarecrow, etc.)....

The old bridge into town....


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The church...

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The police station...

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This is the spot where the motel was located.  I'm not sure if it ever existed or was just built for the movie....




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And the stretch of road where the car chase/shootout took place.  Of course in the movie it takes several minutes to go down this road, while in reality it would only take 60 seconds...






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UPDATE November 2013:  While on my latest trip I decided to stop by a few more locations.   Here is one of the Venice canals bridge seen in the film...



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UPDATE November 2013:  And the apartment seen in the film...







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14 comments:

  1. I visited rocky locations in 2012. Now I would like to visit Cobra locations. Could you share the address with other fans ?
    Thanks in advance.
    My website: www.stallone.com.br
    Osmar Daou from Belem, PA - Brazil

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    1. Sure thing, the store is at 2727 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Redondo Beach. The apartment is at 5 Westminster Avenue in Venice. The small town seen in the film where the motel is Piru, California.

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  2. Brilliant research! love this film.

    Do you know where the car park is in the scene at night where the song angel of the city starts to play

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    1. I would love to know this location also?

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  3. The Venice apartment was also used as Timothy Hutton's character Christopher Boyce's apartment in John Schlesinger's 1985 film "The Falcon and The Snowman" :)

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  4. The Venice apartment was also used as Timothy Hutton's character Christopher Boyce's apartment in John Schlesinger's 1985 film "The Falcon and The Snowman" :)

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  5. I live in Piru where Cobra was filmed. The hotel was built by the film crew from the ground up and destroyed as seen in the movie. We were teenager's and watched the filming everyday.

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    1. That must have been great, thanks for the info!

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  6. hi. do u know the address and the name of the building they used as the interior shot of the police station and the interior and exterior of the hospital and they old bottle co. plant used in the opening sceen and the coffee shop where the lady closes and gets murdered by the bad guys??? All these scenes are from the movie cobra. I if u can tell me the address are cross streets and what towns they where filme in?

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    1. I guess ur busy. I thought u might could help

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    2. As we just talked on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, you could have asked/reminded me then.

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  7. Gracias por la investigacion y compartir el resultado,algun dia me gustaria visitar estos bellos lugares

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  8. You forgot the most famous of them: 1960´s TV serie The Fugitive. See the episode "The Shattered Silence" (1967), whose ext scenes were shot in Piru, CA. Great pics anyway, thaks for share.

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