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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Deke DaSilva
... Sgt. Matthew Fox
... Irene
... Shakka Holland
... Peter Hartman
... Heymar 'Wulfgar' Reinhardt
... Pam
... Lt. Munafo
... 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
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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>

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A terrorist holds New York in a grip of fear - and only Stallone can take him on. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attack  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Spinelli had previously played a boss of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky (1976) and Rocky II (1979) playing the loan shark Tony Gazzo whom Rocky worked for as a collector. See more »

Goofs

The train is correctly marked as a B train as Deke and Fox chase it down the platform. When Deke prepares to kick out the window, the route sign directly above him is displaying an S. See more »

Quotes

Heymar 'Wulfgar' Reinhardt: There is no security.
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Courtesy of MCA Records
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Pour a drink for Bruce Malmuth
1 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was happy to see Premiere magazine remember this flick when they ranked the 100 Best Thrillers of All Time, and after reading today that its director has passed on, I can only hope more people will give it a first or second look. Time has of course given it extra relevance, but there are three reasons for checking this one out:

1. As hinted above, in the post-9/11 world, its theme of terrorists plotting an attack in New York City seems eerily prophetic.

2. Sylvester Stallone gives an uncharacteristically muted performance that comes off as extremely effective.

3. That ending? They got me. They totally got me.

Director Bruce Malmuth's work here was competent enough to make one wonder just a little if he didn't deserve better projects than he got after this.


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