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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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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:

CURSED FOR ETERNITY...No force in Heaven will release them. No power on Earth can save them. [UK Theatrical] 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

After getting the role of Navarre, Hauer surprised director Richard Donner by driving from the Netherlands to the film's Italian location in a semi trailer and cab that Hauer had converted into a mobile home. 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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One of my all-time FAVORITE movies
11 September 2005 | by Barb-20See all my reviews

What a great story. This has been one of my favorite movies since it first came out. (I saw it with my best friend, who had a crush on Matthew Broderick.) Anyway, it's a very stirring, timeless (except for the music) story of love, heartache, hope and redemption. Wonderful.

Rutger Hauer is amazing. Strong, even frightening at times, but still tender and vulnerable. Of course Michelle Pfeiffer is at her absolute most beautiful. She really does seem to possess "the face of love" as Phillipe says. But Matthew Broderick really makes the movie. He's more than just comic relief (although he is hilarious); he keeps the story grounded. Without the character of Philippe the movie would be too ethereal, untethered. Philippe is the everyman--our connection to the magical beauty of Navarre and Isabeau.

I've heard that the story is based on a medieval legend, but I haven't been able to find it. If anyone has a link, please post it as a review on this site; I'd love to read more about it. Thanks!!


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