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Ladyhawke (1985)

The thief Gaston escapes dungeon of medieval Aquila thru the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Edward Khmara (screenplay), Michael Thomas (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Gaston
Rutger Hauer ... Navarre
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Isabeau
Leo McKern ... Imperius
John Wood ... Bishop
Ken Hutchison ... Marquet
Alfred Molina ... Cezar
Giancarlo Prete ... Fornac
Loris Loddi ... Jehan
Alex Serra ... Mr. Pitou (as Alessandro Serra)
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ... Insane Prisoner
Massimo Sarchielli ... Innkeeper
Nicolina Papetti Nicolina Papetti ... Mrs. Pitou
Russel Case Russel Case ... Lieutenant (as Russell Kase)
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... Guard on Cart (as Don Hudson)
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Storyline

Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for two years, ever since he escaped with the Lady Isabeau who the Bishop has lusted after. Navarre and Isabeau have a curse that the Bishop has placed on them that causes Navarre to be a wolf during the night and Isabeau to be a hawk during the day. Navarre insists that Philipe help him re-enter the city to help him kill the heavily guarded Bishop. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Magical Mystical Adventure See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladyhawke See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,450,536, 14 April 1985

Gross USA:

$18,432,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,432,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The hawk featured in the movie went under the name Spike II and worked in the Universal Bird Show until 2000 when she was transfered to the National Audubon society and became an Audubon Ambassador until she died in May 2007. Several different hawks were used. One to sit on Rutger Hauer's arm and another for the flying scenes. A third proved to be mostly unusable, as it enjoyed Hauers company so much that it would ruffle it feathers when seated on his arm, making it look more like a chicken than a stately hawk. See more »

Goofs

During the fight between Marquet and Navarre in the cathedral, Marquet's horse's mane changes constantly from long to short, from thick to thin and at one point it is evident that the horse's mane is a fake. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phillipe: Impossible. Impossible. Nothing is impossible. Come on, Mouse. Dig! Dig, Mouse. Come on.
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Crazy Credits

With Loving Memory to "Little Pasta" See more »

Alternate Versions

A 2002 European DVD release (DY 01474.1) is 116 minutes, 5 minutes shorter than the original theatrical version. This is due to the 24/film->25fps/PAL speedup process; (24/25)*121 minutes = 116 minutes. See more »

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User Reviews

Do a little dance, make a little love, become a wolf tonight
15 July 2004 | by Leigh L.See all my reviews

It's funny - my two clearest memories of this film were off the mark in completely opposite ways. I remembered Matthew Broderick being deeply annoying; as it turns out he's just mildly irritating. And I remembered the soundtrack being bad; but good God, it's *appalling*. Whoever decided that a tragic, touching supernatural romance would be best accompanied by funky 70s synthesisers (I don't think they're fitting enough to even be classed as 80s) should be forced to eat their own afro. Yes, all of it. I can honestly say I have never heard a less appropriate musical score in my entire life. It's not that it's bad, exactly - it'd probably work pretty well if the lead character was, say, Shaft.

Still, when the crazy disco beats aren't violating the atmosphere, there's some good stuff going on. Richard Donner already had serious directing experience under his belt in 1985, and Ladyhawke is beautifully shot and paced with some gorgeous scenery to take in. There's just enough action (they give it some proper welly in those swordfights), John Wood provides a proper boo-hiss malicious villain, the dialogue never quite slips into melodrama despite teetering on the edge occasionally, and it's always a pleasure to watch Rutger Hauer in one of his few good roles before he degenerated into self-parody. (Well, if we're being honest it's a pleasure to watch him in his godawful recent stuff as well, but for different reasons.) Above all the film's got heart, which is more than you can say for 95% of the cack that Hollywood churns out, and it deserves some small credit for that at least.


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