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Nighthawks (1981)

 -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  4 April 1981 (USA)
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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.

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Sgt. Matthew Fox
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Irene
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Peter Hartman
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Heymar 'Wulfgar' Reinhardt
Hilary Thompson ...
Pam (as Hilarie Thompson)
Joe Spinell ...
Lt. Munafo
Walter Mathews ...
Commissioner
E. Brian Dean ...
Sergeant
Caesar Cordova ...
Puerto Rican Proprietor
Charles Duval ...
Dr. Ghiselin
Tony Munafo ...
Big Mike
Howard Stein ...
Disco Manager
Tawn Christian ...
Disco Hostess
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Storyline

Deke DaSilva and Matthew Fox are two New York cops who get transferred to an elite anti-terrorism squad. About this same time, an infamous international terrorist shows up in New York 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>

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A terrorist holds New York in a grip of fear - and only Stallone can take him on. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

4 April 1981 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Amongst the scenes which were deleted from original cut of the movie are almost all scenes between Sylvester Stallone and Lindsey Wagner, Rutger Hauer and Persis Khambatta, more scenes explaining the plot better, and many other scenes because Universal wanted fast paced action movie. They also cut most of the graphic and gory scenes due to the concern that movie will get X rating. And indeed, even though it was already cut for violence by studio Nighthawks still got an X rating when it was submitted to the MPAA and it again had to be heavily cut for R rating. Stallone also had a hand in re-editing of the movie. He was jealous on Hauer whose performance dominated the film so during filming he wrote and added more scenes for his character and later he also cut some Hauer's scenes from the movie. See more »

Goofs

During the subway sequence, the storm door on the last car of the train has a large single pane of glass in some scenes and two smaller panes in other scenes. See more »

Quotes

Reinhardt Heymar Wulfgar: You know, I never asked you what you do for a living.
Pam: Well... besides dancing a lot, I fly Pan Am from coast to coast. I'm Pam, flying ace. That's actually a slight airline joke. I don't really fly the planes. I'm just a stewardess. I flying waitress as they call it. How about you?
Reinhardt Heymar Wulfgar: Me?
Pam: Yes. What do you do for a living?
Reinhardt Heymar Wulfgar: [sarcastic tone] I'm an international terrorist wanted by the police in half the countries in Europe. And I am currently laying low for the moment.
Pam: Oh, sure!
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Excellent Trio Make This A Top-Notch Thriller
3 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Sylvester Stallone movie may be his best because, unlike most of his more famous roles over the years, this is very believable. He isn't Rambo or Rocky...just a tough New York City cop.

Stallone and partner Billy Dee Williams team up in an attempt to stop a terrifying international terrorist (Rutger Hauer) before he kills more people. All three of those actors are riveting in this rough, gritty film.

I thought so much of this movie that I bought it twice. The first DVD that came out was fullscreen, no stereo and grainy. Later, they issued a better widescreen print and it was worth upgrading. The movie is a top-notch thriller start-to-finish and Hauer makes an outstanding villain.

It might be a cliché but this film always "kept m on the edge of my seat. "


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