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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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Sloane Ranger
Lyrics by Stuart Turton (as Stuart Craig Turton)
Sung by Jean Gilbert
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London by night
31 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Nighthawks is an interesting study of gay life in London and at the time it was made it was those heady 70s, post liberation and pre-AIDS. This kind of film was not made again so soon either here or across the pond where Nighthawks originated.

This is a study of Kenneth Robertson who is a young geography teacher at one of London's inner city schools by day and by night he's living the life of a gay man whose only venue is the bar scene. We see him picking up a lot of men, but it's only a series of one night stands. Neither Robertson or Diane Keaton is destined to find Mr. Goodbar to spend a life with.

The climax of the film is when his students find out about him and confront him in class. He answers a lot of their questions, their most ignorant questions since these are kids who have not exactly been exposed to positive gay role models. Since then a lot of positive LGBT characters have been on the big screen, the small screen, and a ton of well known people in all walks of life have left the closet behind. And not for a hedonistic existence that Robertson enjoys.

Many films like Nighthawks fall into a category like this. Stonewall has come, liberation has come, we'll get our rights, but let the good times roll. That's the attitude that dates Nighthawks now.

Still it makes an interesting view of the times.

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