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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... See more »


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Deke DaSilva
Sgt. Matthew Fox
Shakka Holland
Peter Hartman
Heymar 'Wulfgar' Reinhardt
Lt. Munafo
E. Brian Dean ...
Caesar Cordova ...
Puerto Rican Proprietor
Charles Duval ...
Dr. Ghiselin
Tony Munafo ...
Big Mike
Howard Stein ...
Disco Manager
Tawn Christian ...
Disco Hostess
Luke Reilly ...
Yvette Hawkins ...
Mrs. Ntembwe
Einar Perry Scott ...
Mr. Sostrom
Erle Bjornstad ...
Mrs. Sostrom
Jacques Roux ...
French Ambassador
Clebert Ford ...
Nigerian Ambassador
Avind Harum ...
Swedish Ambassador (as Eivind Harum)
Obaka Adedunyo ...
Mr. Ntembwe
Corine Lorain ...
Suzanne Marigny
Jean-Pierre Stewart ...
Rene Marigny
Ripper (as Thomas Rosales)
John Shamsul Alam ...
José Angel Santana ...
Ripper (as José Santana)
Patrick Fox ...
John Cianfrone ...
Mugger - Central Park
Tim Marquart ...
Mugger - Central Park
Tony Maffatone ...
Mugger - Central Park
Tom Degidon ...
Immigration Officer
Rita Tellone ...
Helicopter Pilot (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
Karl A. Wickman ...
Helicopter Pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Cliff Cudney ...
A.T.A.C. Man
Joe Dabenigno ...
A.T.A.C. Man
A.T.A.C. Man (as Steve Daskawisz)
John Devaney ...
A.T.A.C. Man
Paul Farentino ...
A.T.A.C. Man
A.T.A.C. Man
Randy Francklan ...
A.T.A.C. Man
Roger Caine ...
A.T.A.C. Man (as Al Levitsky)
Richard Noyce ...
A.T.A.C. Man
A.T.A.C. Man
Judee Wales ...
A.T.A.C. Man
A.T.A.C. Man
Zoya Leporska ...
Subway Hostage
Brian Osborne ...
Orchard - London
Kenna - London
Sales Girl - London
Chief Police Inspector - London
Sue Vanner ...
Girl at Party - London (as Susan Vanner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Santo Alam ...
Ripper 1
Disco dancer
Maria Baan ...
Hostage (uncredited)
Subway Passenger (uncredited)
DJ at Xenon (uncredited)
Hostage in Cable Car (uncredited)
Wendy Hammers ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Diane H. Kelly ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Mother / Hostage (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ...
Furtive Customer (uncredited)
Gerard Murphy ...
Detective Mooney (uncredited)
Jerry Schram ...
Club Dancer (uncredited)
Tieg Thomas ...
Disco Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

Bruce Malmuth
Gary Nelson ... (uncredited)

Written by

David Shaber ... (screenplay)
David Shaber ... (story) and
Paul Sylbert ... (story)

Produced by

Franklin R. Levy ... executive producer
Herb Nanas ... produced in association with
Martin Poll ... producer
Kathryn Stellmack ... associate producer
Mike Wise ... executive producer (as Michael Wise)
Bill Badalato ... line producer (uncredited)

Music by

Keith Emerson

Cinematography by

James A. Contner ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Stanford C. Allen ... film editor
Christopher Holmes ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

Darren T. Holmes ... assistant film editor (as Darren Holmes)
Virginia Katz ... assistant film editor

Casting By

Cis Corman

Production Design by

Peter S. Larkin ... (as Peter Larkin)

Set Decoration by

Frederic C. Weiler ... (as Fred Weiler)

Costume Design by

Robert De Mora ... (as Bob DeMora)
John Falabella

Makeup Department

Fern Buchner ... makeup artist
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist (as Romaine Green)
Dick Smith ... special make-up

Production Management

Bill Badalato ... production manager
Terry Lens ... production manager: London
Serge Touboul ... production manager: Paris
Susan Zwerman ... assistant unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

William J. Cassidy ... second unit director (as Bill Cassidy)
Robert V. Girolami ... first assistant director (as Robert Girolami)
Joseph P. Reidy ... second assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Duncan Scott ... dga trainee

Art Department

Richard T. Allen ... construction coordinator
Joseph Zackiewicz ... scenic artist

Sound Department

Bub Asman ... sound effects editor
Fred J. Brown ... supervising sound editor
Les Lazarowitz ... sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland ... boom operator (as Todd Maitland)
Mel Metcalfe ... sound re-recordist
Robert Sciretta ... sound recordist (as Bob Sciretta)
Michele Sharp ... sound effects editor
Richard Tyler ... sound re-recordist
Ray West ... sound re-recordist
Caryl Wickman ... loop dialogue editor

Special Effects by

Nick Allder ... special effects: London
Edward Drohan ... special effects
Walter Tatro ... special effects


Dar Robinson ... stunt coordinator
Cliff Cudney ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Farentino ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Earl Hatch ... stunt double (uncredited)
Zoya Leporska ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Maffatone ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Robert ... stunts (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... stunts (uncredited)
Victoria Vanderkloot ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Enrique Bravo ... camera operator (as Ricky Bravo)
Gene Engels ... gaffer
Gary Muller ... assistant camera
Hank Muller ... assistant camera
Peter Norman ... cameraman: second unit
Ed Quinn ... key grip (as Edward Quinn)
Josh Weiner ... still photographer
Robert Willoughby ... special photographer (as Bob Willoughby)

Casting Department

Louis DiGiaimo ... additional casting (as Lou Digiamo)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Marilyn Bishop ... wardrobe: women
Tom Bronson ... wardrobe: men
William A. Campbell ... wardrobe: men (as Bill Campbell)
Danajean Cicerchi ... wardrobe: women

Location Management

Nick Chiarolanzio ... location auditor

Music Department

Harry Betts ... arranger: musical score
Kenneth Hall ... music editor
Godfrey Salmon ... conductor
Keith Emerson ... music producer (uncredited) / musician (uncredited) (keyboards)
Joel Fein ... music mixer (uncredited)
Paul Hardiman ... music engineer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Michael Fennell ... transportation captain (as Mickey Fennell)
Patrick Hogan ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

Charlie Alfano ... technical advisor: NYPD
Billy Badalato ... production assistant
Bruce Bahrenburg ... unit publicist
Fred Baron ... production assistant
Russell L. Bintliff ... technical advisor
Celia D. Costas ... production assistant (as Celia Costas)
Jane Nerlinger Evans ... assistant production associate (as Jane Nerlinger)
Jean Gilpin ... voice looping
Jerry Jaffe ... production assistant
Florence Nerlinger ... production associate
Gladys Poll ... assistant to producer
Karen Standard ... assistant to producer
Barbara Stoia ... script supervisor
Clayton Townsend ... production assistant

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Special Effects


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Plot Summary

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

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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 »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Night Hawks (United States)
  • Attack (United States)
  • Hawks (United States)
  • Night Hawks (World-wide, English title)
  • Les faucons de la nuit (France)
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  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,525,360, 12 Apr 1981

Did You Know?

Trivia Sylvester Stallone said of the cable-car stunt to 'Ain't It Cool News': "Hanging from the cable car was probably one of the more dangerous stunts I was asked to perform because it was untested and I was asked to hold a folding Gerber knife in my left hand so if the cable were to snap, and I survived the 230 foot fall into the East River with its ice cold eight mile an hour current, I could cut myself free from the harness because the cable when stretched out weighed more than 300 pounds. I tell you this, because it's so stupid to believe that I would survive hitting the water. So to go beyond that is absurd." See more »
Goofs When Deke is firing a revolver at the police target range, the paper target's holes face towards him as if a small explosion went off behind them (squibs). Also the wires that held and were used to detonate the squibs are seen hanging out of the holes. Real police bullets leave small holes in paper targets. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Getaway See more »
Quotes Deke DaSilva: Lieutenant? I just got these latest transfer orders from the Captain.
Lt. Munafo: Yeah, don't sing me any operas. I'm not feeling well right now and I'm in a bad mood.
Deke DaSilva: I'm not gonna sing any operas. I'm talking about these transfer orders. Come on, Munafo. I've been working Decoy for nine years and now I'm pulled and I'd like to know why.
Lt. Munafo: Hey, don't start with me. It's Lieutenant. You don't know me well enough to call me Munafo. But I know you, DaSilva. The gung-ho Lone Ranger of the street crime unit. Well, you can forget about that because we've been asked to cooperate with a special federal/state unit, and we will. You and Fox have been assigned to an ATAC unit.
Matthew Fox: Come on! Terrorism is hijackers and hostages. That's FBI stuff. What the hell do they want with us?
Lt. Munafo: I don't know. Your service records may have something to do with it. How many times have you been hospitalized last year? Five? Well, consider this squad a vacation from Decoy.
Deke DaSilva: I don't need a vacation.
Lt. Munafo: Yes, you do. Now, they need someone who knows the local rat holes and you're nominated. Anything goes down, you're the man.
Deke DaSilva: You mind telling me where this came from?
Lt. Munafo: From the Commissioner, and he got it from Washington. They're sending a specialist from Europe... Interpol... to help organize it in conjunction with Federal funding. And this department will extend every courtesy. Do you understand?
Deke DaSilva: [grabs Munafo] No, I don't understand...
Lt. Munafo: Get your hands off me! Understand this, sucker! You're a cop and you'll go where you're assigned! Now, you and Tonto be here at eight o'clock tomorrow, sharp! End of story!
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