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Director:
Writers:
David Shaber (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 April 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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:

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 .... producer
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 
Christopher Holmes 
 
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 makeup effects artist
 
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
 
Stunts
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 .... camera operator: second unit
Ed Quinn .... key grip (as Edward Quinn)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Robert Willoughby .... special still 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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Runtime:
99 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-18 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Norway:16 (1981) | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (cut) (1987) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #26087) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The story was originally planned as The French Connection III by screenwriter David Shaber at Twentieth Century Fox, and would have seen Gene Hackman's Popeye Doyle team up with a wisecracking cop, to be possibly played by Richard Pryor. The main plot was the same but when Hackman showed reluctance to do a third movie as Doyle the idea was scrapped and Universal acquired the rights to the storyline, which Saber then reworked into Nighthawks.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the song "Brown Sugar" plays at the disco, the second verse of the song is heard several times.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly interesting..., 20 June 2004

Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer) is an international terrorist not to be taken lightly… He is wanted by half the countries in Europe… He is currently financed by no one... He becomes trapped as 'Persona Non Grata'…

Wulfgar manages to succeed where others have failed… His pattern is the instilling of fear… He makes female contacts to establish safe housing for his armory… He always covers a woman who is clean... He loses one, he finds another... He has a liking for fancy food, expensive clothes and the most varied nightlife…

Wulfgar doesn't think like a criminal… He wants to be a hero… Since the London incidents, he wants to prove himself as invincible as he ever was… So he decides to change his look, and strikes without warning... Wulfgar's associate is Shakka Holland (Persis Khambatta), a pretty cool woman, with no maternal instincts, who murders without apparent provocation…

DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) wants to treat Wulfgar like 'some mugger' on the streets… He makes a mistake when he finds himself unexpectedly facing the malevolent killer... He refuses to act in the same ruthlessness Wulfgar does, and to use deadly force in defense of the lives of innocent hostages… He hesitates to shoot and kill… DaSilva rejected to pay attention to the impact of the terrorist's actions on his thinking and beliefs… This mistake enables the best policeman to meet the dangerous terrorist on equal terms…

'Nighthawks' turns out to be surprisingly interesting… Rutger Hauer easily holds our attention throughout the film… He is a disciplined terrorist indifferent to his victims, cold and calculating… His mission to harm the enemy transcends any concern about his victims… For Wulfgar, the end justifies the means...

Stallone and Billy Dee Williams make good partners… Stallone doesn't play his usual character, the ruthless policeman who combats violence with greater violence… He seems to be more human desperately trying to do the right thing at the right time…

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