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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Robertson ...
Jim
Tony Westrope ...
Mike
Rachel Nicholas James ...
Judy
Maureen Dolan ...
Pat
Stuart Turton ...
Neal (as Stuart Craig Turton)
Clive Peters ...
Peter
Robert Merrick ...
John
Frank Dilbert ...
American
Peter Radmall ...
Artist
Ernest Brightmore ...
Headmaster
John Angel ...
(as Jon Angel)
Norman Bateson
Phillip Beckett
Derek Chandler
John Cooper
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A homosexual man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.

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Widely considered the first "commercial" or "commercially released" gay feature film ever made in the U.K., where the story was directly about gay relationships and themes, but which was not about crime (blackmail or murder), or purely stereotypical. See more »

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This film was made possible by a number of individuals and organisations. See more »

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Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »

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Queen of the Clouds
Lyrics by Stuart Turton (as Stuart Craig Turton)
Sung by Jean Gilbert
Recording engineer Gwyn Mathias
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London by night
31 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Nighthawks is an interesting study of gay life in London and at the time it was made it was those heady 70s, post liberation and pre-AIDS. This kind of film was not made again so soon either here or across the pond where Nighthawks originated.

This is a study of Kenneth Robertson who is a young geography teacher at one of London's inner city schools by day and by night he's living the life of a gay man whose only venue is the bar scene. We see him picking up a lot of men, but it's only a series of one night stands. Neither Robertson or Diane Keaton is destined to find Mr. Goodbar to spend a life with.

The climax of the film is when his students find out about him and confront him in class. He answers a lot of their questions, their most ignorant questions since these are kids who have not exactly been exposed to positive gay role models. Since then a lot of positive LGBT characters have been on the big screen, the small screen, and a ton of well known people in all walks of life have left the closet behind. And not for a hedonistic existence that Robertson enjoys.

Many films like Nighthawks fall into a category like this. Stonewall has come, liberation has come, we'll get our rights, but let the good times roll. That's the attitude that dates Nighthawks now.

Still it makes an interesting view of the times.


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