Nighthawks (1981)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Matthew Fox
Peter Hartman
Heymar 'Wulfgar' Reinhardt
Hilary Thompson ...
Pam (as Hilarie Thompson)
Lt. Munafo
Walter Mathews ...
E. Brian Dean ...
Caesar Cordova ...
Puerto Rican Proprietor
Charles Duval ...
Dr. Ghiselin
Tony Munafo ...
Big Mike
Howard Stein ...
Disco Manager
Tawn Christian ...
Disco Hostess


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 <>

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Wulfgar, an international terrorist holds the City of New York hostage, but Deke DaSilva, the most dangerous cop known to man, can take him down. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

4 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attack  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First feature film solely directed by Bruce Malmuth. Malmuth's first film, Foreplay (1975), utilized three co-directors who directed three separate segments. See more »


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 »


Matthew Fox: What are the chances that this "Wulfgar" has gone into hiding or retired?
Peter Hartman: Detective Fox, is it? The answer to your question of whether Wulfgar has gone into hiding or retired is neither one. He's only just begun.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »


Slow Ride
Written by 'Lonesome' Dave Peverett (uncredited)
Performed by Foghat
Courtesy of Bearsville Records
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Timely Terrorist Movie
29 May 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

It was 1981 and the world had just gone through a decade of terrorism. Casting Rutger Hauer and Persis Khambatta (she was the bald woman in the original Star Trek movie) as heartlessly cold terrorists was great casting! Billy Dee Williams and Stallone as street cops suddenly transferred to a terrorist unit do a good job. Stallone had not become a parody of himself yet and his diction is better here than it had ever been up to then. The movie's pace is unrelenting. This is a movie that I almost always have to stop and watch, easily getting swiped up into the story again and again, when I see it on television. Excellent twist ending and monorail scene. Recommended highly.

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