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Nighthawks -- 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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Release Date:
10 April 1981 (USA) See more »
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 »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sylvester Stallone ... Deke DaSilva

Billy Dee Williams ... Sgt. Matthew Fox

Lindsay Wagner ... Irene

Persis Khambatta ... Shakka Holland

Nigel Davenport ... Peter Hartman

Rutger Hauer ... 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

Jamie Gillis ... Designer
Luke Reilly ... Conductor
Yvette Hawkins ... Mrs. Ntembwe
Einar Perry Scott ... Mr. Sostrom
Erle Bjornstad ... Mrs. Sostrom
Jacques Roux ... French Ambassador
Clebert Ford ... Nigerian Ambassador
Avind Harum ... Swedish Ambassador (as Eivind Harum)
Obaka Adedunyo ... Mr. Ntembwe
Corine Lorain ... Suzanne Marigny
Jean-Pierre Stewart ... Rene Marigny

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Ripper (as Thomas Rosales)
John Shamsul Alam ... Ripper
José Angel Santana ... Ripper (as José Santana)
Patrick Fox ... Reporter
John Cianfrone ... Mugger - Central Park
Tim Marquart ... Mugger - Central Park
Tony Maffatone ... Mugger - Central Park
Tom Degidon ... Immigration Officer
Rita Tellone ... Brunette

Al Cerullo ... Helicopter Pilot (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
Karl A. Wickman ... Helicopter Pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Cliff Cudney ... A.T.A.C. Man
Joe Dabenigno ... A.T.A.C. Man

Steve Dash ... A.T.A.C. Man (as Steve Daskawisz)
John Devaney ... A.T.A.C. Man
Paul Farentino ... A.T.A.C. Man

Edward Fox ... A.T.A.C. Man
Randy Francklan ... A.T.A.C. Man
Roger Caine ... A.T.A.C. Man (as Al Levitsky)
Richard Noyce ... A.T.A.C. Man
Dar Robinson ... A.T.A.C. Man
Judee Wales ... A.T.A.C. Man
Luke Walter ... A.T.A.C. Man
Zoya Leporska ... Subway Hostage
Brian Osborne ... Orchard - London

Robert Pugh ... Kenna - London

Catherine Mary Stewart ... Sales Girl - London
Frederick Treves ... Chief Police Inspector - London
Sue Vanner ... Girl at Party - London (as Susan Vanner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Santo Alam ... Ripper 1

Catherine Carlen ... Disco dancer

Maria Baan ... Hostage (uncredited)

Jim Beaver ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)

Jellybean Benítez ... DJ at Xenon (uncredited)
Wendy Hammers ... Dancer (uncredited)
Diane H. Kelly ... Dancer (uncredited)

Carrie Klein ... Mother / Hostage (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Furtive Customer (uncredited)
Gerard Murphy ... Detective Mooney (uncredited)
Jerry Schram ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
Tieg Thomas ... Disco Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Malmuth 
Gary Nelson (uncredited)
Writing credits
David Shaber (screenplay)

David Shaber (story) and
Paul Sylbert (story)

Produced by
Franklin R. Levy .... executive producer
Herb Nanas .... produced in association with
Martin Poll .... producer
Kathryn Stellmack .... associate producer
Mike Wise .... executive producer (as Michael Wise)
Bill Badalato .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Keith Emerson 
Cinematography by
James A. Contner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stanford C. Allen (film editor)
Christopher Holmes (edited by)
Casting by
Cis Corman 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin  (as Peter Larkin)
Set Decoration by
Frederic C. Weiler  (as Fred Weiler)
Costume Design by
Robert De Mora  (as Bob DeMora)
John Falabella 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist (as Romaine Green)
Dick Smith .... special make-up
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... production manager
Terry Lens .... production manager: London
Serge Touboul .... production manager: Paris
Susan Zwerman .... assistant unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William J. Cassidy .... second unit director (as Bill Cassidy)
Robert V. Girolami .... first assistant director (as Robert Girolami)
Joseph P. Reidy .... second assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Duncan Scott .... dga trainee
Art Department
Richard T. Allen .... construction coordinator
Joseph Zackiewicz .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... boom operator (as Todd Maitland)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recordist
Robert Sciretta .... sound recordist (as Bob Sciretta)
Michele Sharp .... sound effects editor
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recordist
Ray West .... sound re-recordist
Caryl Wickman .... loop dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects: London
Edward Drohan .... special effects
Walter Tatro .... special effects
Dar Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Cliff Cudney .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Farentino .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Earl Hatch .... stunt double (uncredited)
Zoya Leporska .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Maffatone .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Robert .... stunts (uncredited)
Dar Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator (as Ricky Bravo)
Gene Engels .... gaffer
Gary Muller .... assistant camera
Hank Muller .... assistant camera
Peter Norman .... cameraman: second unit
Ed Quinn .... key grip (as Edward Quinn)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Robert Willoughby .... special photographer (as Bob Willoughby)
Casting Department
Louis DiGiaimo .... additional casting (as Lou Digiamo)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Bishop .... wardrobe: women
Tom Bronson .... wardrobe: men
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe: men (as Bill Campbell)
Danajean Cicerchi .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Darren T. Holmes .... assistant film editor (as Darren Holmes)
Virginia Katz .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Harry Betts .... arranger: musical score
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Godfrey Salmon .... conductor
Keith Emerson .... music producer (uncredited)
Keith Emerson .... musician (keyboards) (uncredited)
Joel Fein .... music mixer (uncredited)
Paul Hardiman .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Fennell .... transportation captain (as Mickey Fennell)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Charlie Alfano .... technical advisor: NYPD
Billy Badalato .... production assistant
Bruce Bahrenburg .... unit publicist
Fred Baron .... production assistant
Russell L. Bintliff .... technical advisor
Nick Chiarolanzio .... location auditor
Celia D. Costas .... production assistant (as Celia Costas)
Jane Nerlinger Evans .... assistant production associate (as Jane Nerlinger)
Jean Gilpin .... voice looping
Jerry Jaffe .... production assistant
Florence Nerlinger .... production associate
Gladys Poll .... assistant to producer
Karen Standard .... assistant to producer
Barbara Stoia .... script supervisor
Clayton Townsend .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Night Hawks" - International (English title) (alternative spelling), USA (alternative title)
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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-18 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (1981) | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (cut) (1987) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #26087) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Many American and international lobby cards and stills show several scenes which were deleted from the movie. These include; Deke and Matt on another drug bust, Wulfgar and Shaka showing a plastic surgeon photos of Wulfgar's desired look, couple of deleted scenes between Deke and Irene including a scene between them during some party in her house, Wulfgar picking up a MAC-10 machine gun from his suitcase, Deke and Irene talking inside her house and in her bedroom, love scene between Wulfgar and Shaka, longer version of the scene at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the United Nations meeting, Deke talking with the French ambassador whose wife was killed by Wulfgar during the tram car hostage scene, Deke and Irene holding each other while standing on stairs inside her house right after Deke killed Wulfgar.See more »
Errors in geography: Near the start of the tramway situation, DaSilva boards an ATAC copter from a near the East River south of the Queensboro Bridge and the Roosevelt Island tram, at approximately 40th Street. The copter is shown lifting off and beginning to head uptown (north) towards the bridge (also known as the "59th Street Bridge", which is north of 40th Street). The next cut is to a camera angle from inside the copter looking forward over DaSilva's shoulder, but the particular area of Roosevelt Island shown on his left is its *southern* end, suggesting that the copter is now coming *from* the north and is heading *south*. In the next cut, DaSilva says "go over the bridge", and the copter approaches it from the south, heading north again.See more »
Deke DaSilva:I didn't join the police force to kill people.See more »
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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Timely Terrorist Movie, 29 May 2001
Author: Schlockmeister from Midnight Movie Land

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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