Cobra Verde (1987)

Director
Werner Herzog

Main cast
Klaus Kinski; King Ampaw; José Lewgoy; Salvatore Basile; Peter Berling

Genres
Adventure, Drama

Description
Based upon Bruce Chatwin's 1980 novel, The Viceroy of Ouidah, the film depicts the life of a fictional slave trader named Francisco Manoel da Silva (known as 'Cobra Verde') played by Klaus Kinski.


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