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Nighthawks (1981)

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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.

Directors:

Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson (uncredited)

Writers:

David Shaber (screenplay), David Shaber (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Hilarie Thompson ... Pam
Joe Spinell ... Lt. Munafo
Walter Mathews ... Commissioner
E. Brian Dean E. Brian Dean ... Sergeant
Caesar Cordova Caesar Cordova ... Puerto Rican Proprietor
Charles Duval Charles Duval ... Dr. Ghiselin
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Big Mike
Howard Stein Howard Stein ... Disco Manager
Tawn Christian 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French | Swedish

Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Hawks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,525,360, 12 April 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,905,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,900,000, 31 December 1981
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 63rd Street tunnel, then under construction, was used in the underground chase sequence. See more »

Goofs

During the subway train chase, Wulfgar discards his female hostage and the camera follows him towards the next carriage in which a standing couple can be seen ahead of him. This is the same couple he subsequently shoves aside in his next scene after firstly passing through a further carriage. See more »

Quotes

Deke DaSilva: I didn't join the police force to kill people.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: The theatrical release as well as all video, laserdisc, television, and DVD versions contain the altered ending where DaSilva shoots Wulfgar only twice, despite the fact that Wulfgar has six bullet wounds on his body. See more »


Soundtracks

Road Fever
Written by 'Lonesome' Dave Peverett (uncredited)
Performed by Foghat
Courtesy of Bearsville Records
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Hollywood's toughest hero VS Hollywood's meanest villian
24 August 1999 | by crewcut6See all my reviews

Finally, Sly Stallone stars in a film that he really deserves to appear in! He and Billy Dee Williams make a great team as two no-nonsense New York cops who chase Rutger Hauer, who has a great role as a remorseless terrorist (then again, no terrorist has a heart of gold!) Though he's totally unrecognizable with a long beard, Stallone does an exceptionally good performance because unlike his other cop roles, such as Ray Tango from "Tango and Cash", Sly doesn't portray a cocky character, which makes it very realistic. However, our hero doesn't show his muscles in this flick, but, it proves that you don't have to be brawny to be a tough guy.



Hauer is also perfect, playing what he does best, an oily villian. He might look very suave at first in this film, but when he shows his true colors, you better watch out. Last but not least is Billy Dee Williams, who does a cool Roger Murtaughesque cop who relies on his partner Sly to do the job.

If you're in the mood for suspense and good chase scenes, "Nighthawks" is your gameplan. Look out for the great conclusion. It might cause you a great deal of shock!


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