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The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.

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Richard Donner

Writers:

Edward Khmara (screenplay), Michael Thomas (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Gaston
Rutger Hauer ... Navarre
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Isabeau
Leo McKern ... Imperius
John Wood ... Bishop
Ken Hutchison ... Marquet
Alfred Molina ... Cezar
Giancarlo Prete ... Fornac
Loris Loddi ... Jehan
Alex Serra ... Mr. Pitou (as Alessandro Serra)
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ... Insane Prisoner
Massimo Sarchielli ... Innkeeper
Nicolina Papetti Nicolina Papetti ... Mrs. Pitou
Russel Case Russel Case ... Lieutenant (as Russell Kase)
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... Guard on Cart (as Don Hudson)
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Storyline

Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for two years, ever since he escaped with the Lady Isabeau who the Bishop has lusted after. Navarre and Isabeau have a curse that the Bishop has placed on them that causes Navarre to be a wolf during the night and Isabeau to be a hawk during the day. Navarre insists that Philipe help him re-enter the city to help him kill the heavily guarded Bishop. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

CURSED FOR ETERNITY...No force in Heaven will release them. No power on Earth can save them. [UK Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tag des Falken See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,450,536, 12 April 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,432,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Oliver Harper's Retrospectives and Reviews (2011) did a Retrospective Review of the film which was uploaded on YouTube on June 3rd 2017. See more »

Goofs

The moon is shown full every night except the night of the struggle on the ice, where it is shown as half full, and then is full again the next night. This is more of a problem because solar eclipses always happen on a new moon (and there is an eclipse in the film). Also, the Moon is not visible as a black disc (as shown in the film) until the totality phase of a solar eclipse. Before and after totality, only the portion of the Moon that is occulting the Sun is visible. (The Sun's light is strong enough to drown out any view of the Moon when the Moon is near the Sun; moreover, since solar eclipses can only happen at new moon, there is no lit portion of the Moon to be seen anyway.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phillipe: Impossible. Impossible. Nothing is impossible. Come on, Mouse. Dig! Dig, Mouse. Come on.
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Crazy Credits

With Loving Memory to "Little Pasta" See more »

Alternate Versions

A 2002 European DVD release (DY 01474.1) is 116 minutes, 5 minutes shorter than the original theatrical version. This is due to the 24/film->25fps/PAL speedup process; (24/25)*121 minutes = 116 minutes. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Beautiful, preposterous, haunting
4 October 2000 | by jminerSee all my reviews

The leads are physically beautiful almost beyond film comparison. Their moral-spiritual characters match, which should make the film corny. The plot is preposterous, but the main characters, Isabeau and Gaston, prosecute their roles with such unfailing intensity you can't help but accept the nonsense. What is Ferris Bueller doing in medieval France, though? Perhaps the film needs some salty leavening, and at least he makes the plot work a little more efficiently. Overall, I don't have a rational judgement to make but a purely emotional one: I can never forget this film. It has haunted me since the first time I saw it. And that is all down to the pure intensity of Hauer and Pfeiffer.


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