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Nighthawks (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama | November 1978 (USA)
A homosexual man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.


Ron Peck

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Robertson Ken Robertson ... Jim
Tony Westrope Tony Westrope ... Mike
Rachel Nicholas James Rachel Nicholas James ... Judy
Maureen Dolan Maureen Dolan ... Pat
Stuart Turton Stuart Turton ... Neal (as Stuart Craig Turton)
Clive Peters Clive Peters ... Peter
Robert Merrick Robert Merrick ... John
Frank Dilbert Frank Dilbert ... American
Peter Radmall Peter Radmall ... Artist
Ernest Brightmore Ernest Brightmore ... Headmaster
John Angel John Angel ... (as Jon Angel)
Norman Bateson Norman Bateson
Phillip Beckett Phillip Beckett
Derek Chandler Derek Chandler
John Cooper John Cooper


Jim (Ken Robertson), a London teacher by day who spends his evenings cruising bars and discos, on the lookout for men from different backgrounds and places and trying to connect with them whether for sex, attempts at a relationship or friendship. He attempts to keep his life compartmentalised, his 'Gay encounters' and his 'friendships with school colleagues', something that seems a necessity working with school children, but can the status quo can't remain forever. Written by Steven Bain

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Release Date:

November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeg kan godt li' mænd See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Nashburgh,Four Corner Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed around the Notting Hill area, Holborn, Hammersmith (driving past the church near the Hammersmith Apollo) and Earl's Court. Jim the main character can be see in several scenes driving up Pembridge Road towards The Gate Cinema which was the first U.K. Cinema to show the film (where it had a very successful run before transferring for a further run in central London). The Gate recently showed the remastered version with a Q&A with the director Ron Peck. (July 2017). See more »

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This film was made possible by a number of individuals and organisations. See more »


Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »


So Long
Lyrics by Stuart Turton (as Stuart Craig Turton)
Sung by Pinky Steede
Recording engineer Gwyn Mathias
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Live By Night
3 December 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Finding a steady boyfriend proves challenging for a gay geography teacher in prejudiced 1970s London in this British drama starring Ken Robertson. The film was considered daring in its day with its suggestion that something is wrong with a society in which it is so hard for homosexual men to be themselves. Viewed nowadays though, the impact is not the same. There are some admirable techniques at hand, like the absence of audible dialogue for the first six minutes and a shot that gradually zooms into his nervous face at a gay bar, and some of the dialogue resonates (some believe "you're not even human" if you do not "like birds"). For all these positives though, there are many repetitive shots of men dancing for ages on end. A new teacher at Robertson's school also provides a too obvious outlet for him to ramble on about the difficulties of being gay and while a scene in which his prejudiced students grill him about their misconceptions of homosexuality is great, it comes too late in the piece. The film additionally shies over how its protagonist has so much spare time or can turn up to class two hours late without repercussion - but, for all its drawbacks, the film does at least have its heart in the right place.

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