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Nighthawks (1981)

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Conservative street cop DaSilva reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention. But DaSilva's "at-home" tactics are very much put to the challenge.

Directors:

Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson (uncredited)

Writers:

David Shaber (screenplay), David Shaber (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Deke DaSilva
Billy Dee Williams ... Sgt. Matthew Fox
Lindsay Wagner ... Irene
Persis Khambatta ... Shakka Holland
Nigel Davenport ... Peter Hartman
Rutger Hauer ... Heymar 'Wulfgar' Reinhardt
Hilarie Thompson ... Pam
Joe Spinell ... Lt. Munafo
Walter Mathews ... Commissioner
E. Brian Dean E. Brian Dean ... Sergeant
Caesar Cordova Caesar Cordova ... Puerto Rican Proprietor
Charles Duval Charles Duval ... Dr. Ghiselin
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Big Mike
Howard Stein Howard Stein ... Disco Manager
Tawn Christian Tawn Christian ... Disco Hostess
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Storyline

Deke DaSilva and Matthew Fox are two New York City cops who get transferred to an elite anti-terrorism squad. About this same time, an infamous international terrorist shows up in New York City looking to cause some chaos. It's up to DaSilva and Fox to stop him, but will they be in time...? Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One man can bring the world to its knees and only one man can stop him. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French | Swedish

Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Hawks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,525,360, 12 April 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,905,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,900,000, 31 December 1981
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of Keith Emerson's score for the movie was also cut down on account of to the many reediting problems that movie had. Most of the tracks from the soundtrack are longer than their movie versions, and there are some which were intended for some longer scenes, ones of many which were deleted. Best example of it is the track "Face to Face" which is the music that Emerson composed for the infamous original ending where Wulfgar is torn to pieces in slow motion with his flesh and blood flying around the room while Deke shoots at him. Emerson said some interesting things in the soundtrack notes about composing the music for deleted scenes between Deke and Irene (in notes he refers to character DaSilva as De Soto); "That bit when De Soto tries to get back with his ex-wife (Lindsay Wagner) we need some love interest there", said Harry. "I made notes (Humm, love interest). Sly, whom I felt comfortable addressing as such, felt uncomfortable watching the rushes. His comments upon viewing the love scenes between Lindsay and himself led him to say, 'That's the last time I go in Billy Dee's trailer.' Most of it was cut along with the love interest music."

Emerson also said some things about his music being edited for the final theatrical version of the movie; "Universal got some old dyke as music editor that had worked on Jaws (1975). She was a minimalist in maximalist clothing and immediately set about stripping everything down apart from my underwear in order for my entire score to reach the big screen as half the man I might have been. Sly, upset about Raging Bull (1980) was already working on another Rocky sequel, and couldn't be bothered." See more »

Goofs

When Fox is loading his rifle just before the confrontation at the bus, you can clearly see the crimped ends of the blank rounds he's loading. See more »

Quotes

Deke DaSilva: I didn't join the police force to kill people.
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Alternate Versions

When this film is shown on cable TV, there are 2 instances where there is actually additional music from the score laid over existing music. This is most noticeable during the disco shoot out as DaSilva gets close to Wulfgar - the score rises up and blocks out the song playing at the disco. See more »

Connections

References Superman (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Man
Written by Jimmy Miller (uncredited) and Steve Winwood (uncredited)
Performed by Keith Emerson
Courtesy of Backstreet Records
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Hollywood's toughest hero VS Hollywood's meanest villian
24 August 1999 | by crewcut6See all my reviews

Finally, Sly Stallone stars in a film that he really deserves to appear in! He and Billy Dee Williams make a great team as two no-nonsense New York cops who chase Rutger Hauer, who has a great role as a remorseless terrorist (then again, no terrorist has a heart of gold!) Though he's totally unrecognizable with a long beard, Stallone does an exceptionally good performance because unlike his other cop roles, such as Ray Tango from "Tango and Cash", Sly doesn't portray a cocky character, which makes it very realistic. However, our hero doesn't show his muscles in this flick, but, it proves that you don't have to be brawny to be a tough guy.



Hauer is also perfect, playing what he does best, an oily villian. He might look very suave at first in this film, but when he shows his true colors, you better watch out. Last but not least is Billy Dee Williams, who does a cool Roger Murtaughesque cop who relies on his partner Sly to do the job.

If you're in the mood for suspense and good chase scenes, "Nighthawks" is your gameplan. Look out for the great conclusion. It might cause you a great deal of shock!


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