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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:

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 »

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

In preparation for their roles as New York street cops, actors Billy Dee Williams and Sylvester Stallone spent several weeks working at night with the New York Street Crime Unit. See more »

Goofs

During the opening sequence as DaSilva chases the mugger along the station platform, headlights of approaching trains from both directions can be seen. However, these disappear once DaSilva removes his coat belt to tackle the mugger. See more »

Quotes

Immigration Officer: Are you here for business or pleasure?
Heymar 'Wulfgar' Reinhardt: Pleasure, I hope.
Immigration Officer: Welcome to the United States.
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Alternate Versions

The widescreen DVD release from Universal substitutes two songs during the disco shootout. The first is "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones and the second is 'I'm A Man' by Keith Emerson. Earlier VHS releases from Universal Home Video, as well as some TV versions, also contained the altered songs. The fullscreen DVD release by GoodTimes Entertainment contains the restored songs. See more »


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Excellent Trio Make This A Top-Notch Thriller
3 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This Sylvester Stallone movie may be his best because, unlike most of his more famous roles over the years, this is very believable. He isn't Rambo or Rocky...just a tough New York City cop.

Stallone and partner Billy Dee Williams team up in an attempt to stop a terrifying international terrorist (Rutger Hauer) before he kills more people. All three of those actors are riveting in this rough, gritty film.

I thought so much of this movie that I bought it twice. The first DVD that came out was fullscreen, no stereo and grainy. Later, they issued a better widescreen print and it was worth upgrading. The movie is a top-notch thriller start-to-finish and Hauer makes an outstanding villain.

It might be a cliché but this film always "kept m on the edge of my seat. "


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