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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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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 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>

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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

4 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attack  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The 63rd Street tunnel, then under construction, was used in the underground chase sequence. See more »

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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

Peter Hartman: Oh, for Christ's sake, DaSilva! Come off this cop on the beat mentality! Your wife left you for it! Wasn't that enough!
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Pour a drink for Bruce Malmuth
1 July 2005 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

I was happy to see Premiere magazine remember this flick when they ranked the 100 Best Thrillers of All Time, and after reading today that its director has passed on, I can only hope more people will give it a first or second look. Time has of course given it extra relevance, but there are three reasons for checking this one out:

1. As hinted above, in the post-9/11 world, its theme of terrorists plotting an attack in New York City seems eerily prophetic.

2. Sylvester Stallone gives an uncharacteristically muted performance that comes off as extremely effective.

3. That ending? They got me. They totally got me.

Director Bruce Malmuth's work here was competent enough to make one wonder just a little if he didn't deserve better projects than he got after this.


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