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Plot: 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. Runtime: 99 mins Release Date: 10 Apr 1981
A great movie is Nighthawks starring Sylvester Stallone! But he's not the only star in this film because Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer, and Lindsay Wagner joins him in this thrilling action film! Also look for Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport, and Thomas Rosales Jr.! This is a very good movie! Stallone performs excellently here! Its one of the best performances that I have seen him do! Williams was good and Hauer also was very good! The action is awesome in this movie! I just love how the movie is made. The music by Keith Emerson was very good and great direction by Bruce Malmuth as <more>
well! In My opinion this movie is a classic! If you like these actors I have mentioned and love action films then buy this movie today! I strongly recommend it!
My absolute favorite Stallone movie followed very close by First Blood and Cobra, and my favorite Rutger Hauer movie along with The Hitcher.Stallone plays Deke DaSilva, New York cop who gets an assignment to be part of special police force whose job is to catch Wulfgar, brutal terrorist played by Hauer.Wulfgar is in New York where he wants to cause some havoc and impress his old partners and bosses in world of terrorism. DaSilva and his partner must stop him before he does that.VERY underrated and sadly overlooked at the time of it's release, today Nighthawks is cult movie that has lot of <more>
fans. It's also worth mentioning that this movie was originally lot longer and bloodier, before Universal studios heavily cut the movie and removed great deal of plot and most of the violence, then the MPAA did the rest of the job by demanding even more cuts to be made which made what was at one point very brutal and violent thriller into average movie which thankfully still got recognition over the years and many fans which would definitely love to see special edition of it.
Slick and tense action thriller with a twist ending (by nvasapper)
NIGHTHAWKS is a remarkable film on many levels and more than eerily prophetic, considering what took place in New York City twenty years after its release in 1981. It focuses on two undercover police detectives, Sgt. Deke DaSilva SYLVESTER STALLONE and his partner Sgt. Matthew Fox BILLY DEE WILLIAMS who work in the NYPD Citywide Street Crime Unit as decoy officers. Donning different disguises, they walk the streets of the City's toughest neighborhoods, offering themselves up as bait for muggers and other lowlifes. This unit was responsible for taking a lot of guns and dangerous people <more>
off the streets. Unfortunately, in the wake of the Amadou Diallo shooting in the Bronx in 1999, it was disbanded.The arrival in New York of an international terrorist named Wulfgar RUTGER HAUER finds the two Detectives temporarily reassigned to an elite counter-terrorist unit called ATAC. A British expert on counterterrorism in general and Wulfgar in particular NIGEL DAVENPORT is recruited by the Department to train the selectees in the different strategies and tactics they'll need to deal with this new threat. His character, Peter Hartman, is an old hand at understanding the terrorist mentality and how they operate. He is also a believer in "taking the shot" when the opportunity presents itself, even if it results in "collateral damage", or death to a civilian hostage.Stallone's character has a big problem with all this. He indicates that he didn't join the Department to kill people, whether they're street criminals, terrorists, or especially, innocent civilians. Clashing with Hartman at every juncture, he says he doesn't want any part of this and indicates to the Englishman that he's quitting the unit. His partner talks him out of it by telling him that Hartman sees him as one of the best and that's why he was chosen. In reviewing DaSilva's wartime kill record in Vietnam, Hartman tells him that he has faith that when the time comes, he'll do what needs to be done.Wulfgar is very intelligent, cunning and good-looking and his MO is to hook up with women he meets at discos and move in with them, using their apartments as a safe house. When he meets Pam HILARIE THOMPSON , an airline stewardess, she asks him what he does for a living. Knowing that she won't believe him, he tells her the truth- that he's an international terrorist wanted by the police in various European countries. When she stumbles upon his weapons stash in her closet after he moves in with her, she realizes too late that what he told her was not a jocular remark. When the police find her body they also find a clue that he inadvertently left behind indicating what his strike target here in the City will be. DaSilva and Fox start scouring the discotheques with the woman's photo in hand to try and get a line on whom she might have hooked up with. They hit paydirt when DaSilva spots whom he suspects might be Wulfgar at a disco with his newly altered facial appearance, courtesy of plastic surgery in Europe. DaSilva uses the police trick of staring Wulfgar down to see if he gets hinky and Wulfgar realizes he's been "made." A chase into the subway ensues, with Wulfgar taking an elderly woman hostage at knifepoint. DaSilva gets him in his sights but doesn't take the shot out of fear of hitting the hostage. In the ensuing chase, Sgt. Fox is ambushed by Wulfgar, who slices his face open and then makes good his escape. DaSilva, whose button has now been pushed, will no longer harbor any illusions about what he's dealing with. Wulfgar's associate in terrorism is one Shakka Holland, played by the beautiful late Indian actress PERSIS KHAMBATTA. She is so effective in her portrayal of a coldhearted woman who kills without compunction or remorse, that your blood will be chilled when you see her on screen. Without even saying anything, she will terrify you. You will not forget the look on her face. It will definitely haunt your dreams.We all know that the movie is leading up to a climactic confrontation between DaSilva and Wulfgar. And we know when that moment of truth arrives that DaSilva, now effectively disabused of his "I'm not here to kill anyone" philosophy, will indeed do what needs to be done. I won't reveal the ending here, other than to say that it reflects well on his training and experience in the Street Crime Unit. This is a well-crafted thriller with excellent performances, beautiful photography, and a storyline that will resonate with the viewer on a visceral level. It will keep you hooked from the opening sequence until the end. Yo Adrian- this is my favorite Stallone film. I give it a 10 out of 10.
Excellent Trio Make This A Top-Notch Thriller (by ccthemovieman-1)
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 <more>
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. "
This is one of the best action movies out there, even to this day. It's a must see especially for Stallone fans. If he chose more of this type of movie, he would be much more respected in Hollywood. Rutger Hauer is awesome as Wulfgar, the international terrorist. All performances are notable, Billy Dee Williams/Sylvester Stallone pairing works well. Stallone really is a great actor, given the right material, and this one certainly provides it. It's a shame he sold out with the "Rocky" sequels.
Pour a drink for Bruce Malmuth (by rsbrandt)
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. <more>
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.
Remember a day when Rutger Hauer starred in good movies that actually saw wide theatrical release? No. Hmmmm. Hauer is one of my favorite actors and stars in two of my top ten favorite movies Blade Runner and The Osterman Weekend , so it's hard not to already be slightly biased about the movie. I remember first hearing about Nighthawks on the Headliners and Legends biography of Stallone and how it was not as well received as his Rocky and First Blood movies. For shame, because Nighthawks does manage to be a top notch thriller most of the time. I could go into the plot, but I believe in <more>
telling people what I liked and disliked instead of parroting the plot details like almost every other review. See, a movie to me is more fun when I only know a little about the story, instead of the first hour or so, because someone felt that they had to readers digest the entire film. Anyway, now that I've ranted, I have to admit that I enjoyed it for the most part, with the exception of the initial pacing. It continues to drag in places towards the middle, and takes a little over an hour to set up the crucial players backgrounds. The only real problem is that every time the film stops to focus on DeSilva Stallone and Fox Williams , it spends twice as much time focusing on Wulfgar. Wulfgar is certainly a well crafted maniac, but when the movie is over we know almost nothing about Fox and only a little about Dee DeSilva. Still, the movie does succeed in making you care about our two main characters, by thrusting them into danger and having them do what is morally right i.e. Towards the beginning of the film the two are in a drug raid, and refuse to take bribes from the perps who had apparently already paid off the cops from the first raid on their operation.They're good cops, and it's their good guy image that endears them . I guess it would have been nice also to see a little more of Stallones relation to what's her name. sorry, I haven't seen this in a about a month now. I was interested in the prospect of a hero who was torn between the relation with his ex who he was trying to re-ignite the flame with , and his duty. But, alas, she was just a narrative device who the writers have decided is only important in the last 15 minutes or so.With all these cons, why did I still like it? Sudden scenes of high impact, good cast and acting all around, a villain who wasn't just a cardboard cutout, and Stallone's bitchin' beard, and a wholly convincing scenario.The bottom line: This film is more akin to The French Connection than it is to Rocky. Methodical and often stylish, NightHawks deserves to at least be rented and watched with an open mind.8 Stars out of 10
Wulfgar Rutger Hauer is an international terrorist not to be taken lightly He is wanted by half the countries in Europe He is currently financed by no one... He becomes trapped as 'Persona Non Grata' Wulfgar manages to succeed where others have failed His pattern is the instilling of fear He makes female contacts to establish safe housing for his armory He always covers a woman who is clean... He loses one, he finds another... He has a liking for fancy food, expensive clothes and the most varied nightlife Wulfgar doesn't think like a criminal He wants to be a <more>
hero Since the London incidents, he wants to prove himself as invincible as he ever was So he decides to change his look, and strikes without warning... Wulfgar's associate is Shakka Holland Persis Khambatta , a pretty cool woman, with no maternal instincts, who murders without apparent provocation DaSilva Sylvester Stallone wants to treat Wulfgar like 'some mugger' on the streets He makes a mistake when he finds himself unexpectedly facing the malevolent killer... He refuses to act in the same ruthlessness Wulfgar does, and to use deadly force in defense of the lives of innocent hostages He hesitates to shoot and kill DaSilva rejected to pay attention to the impact of the terrorist's actions on his thinking and beliefs This mistake enables the best policeman to meet the dangerous terrorist on equal terms 'Nighthawks' turns out to be surprisingly interesting Rutger Hauer easily holds our attention throughout the film He is a disciplined terrorist indifferent to his victims, cold and calculating His mission to harm the enemy transcends any concern about his victims For Wulfgar, the end justifies the means... Stallone and Billy Dee Williams make good partners Stallone doesn't play his usual character, the ruthless policeman who combats violence with greater violence He seems to be more human desperately trying to do the right thing at the right time
20 years ahead of its time (by counterrevolutionary)
Viewed purely as a cop thriller, NIGHTHAWKS is a pretty good flick. However, since the September 11 terrorist attacks, it has acquired a whole new resonance. It took 20 years and cost thousands of lives before America learned the lesson Stallone's character learns in this film: you can't treat terrorism as a law enforcement problem. When you have a terrorist in your sights, you don't read him his rights and let him call his lawyer; you take the shot.Astonishingly, there are still some people who don't get it, including the probable Democratic nominee for the Presidency. Maybe <more>