A terrorist holds New York in a grip of fear - and only Stallone can take him on.
An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.
An international terrorist has New York in a grip of panic and it's up to Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva to take him down.
Sylvester Stallone Rutger Hauer Billy Dee Williams Lindsay Wagner Catherine Mary Stewart Persis Khambatta Sue Vanner Nigel Davenport Hilarie Thompson Joe Spinell Walter Mathews E. Brian Dean Gerard Murphy Jamie Gillis Thomas Rosales Jr. Caesar Cordova Charles Duval Tony Munafo Howard Stein Tawn Christian Luke Reilly Yvette Hawkins Einar Perry Scott Erle Bjornstad Jacques Roux Clebert Ford Avind Harum Obaka Adedunyo Corine Lorain Show All…
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Radical-extreme-mad-bomber terrorist, plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, with Rocky Balboa and Lando Calrissian.
Ever catch a version of a movie that's edited for content, or missing the original soundtrack? You must be careful in today's click-and-watch era, you never know what you might be missing. With Nighthawks, there's a fucktastic scene in a Studio 54-esque nightclub. Sly Stallone and Billy Dee Williams are searching for Rutger Hauer. We hear Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones. We instantly feel like we're actually in the club. Then, we have the man-to-man stare down, between Sly and Rutger. We hear the intoxicating I'm a Man, sung so gracefully by Keith Emerson. It's the highlight of Nighthawks. But, did you know these 2…
"And Rutger Hauer as WULFGAR"
I’m not sure why this one remains so obscure; it’s up there among Stallone’s best outside of his big franchises. (It’s also streaming on Netflix as of this writing.) Great NYC locations, crazy practical stunts, and Rutger Hauer as one of the all-time great movie villains, the ruthless and terrifying Wulfgar. If I ever get to program a retro of great New York movies, this will be in there.
”Understand this, sucker!
You’re a cop and you’ll go where you’re assigned!”
Based on a story originally intended for The French Connection III, Stallone pulls a Serpico as the “gung ho Lone Ranger of the street crime unit,” who along with his under-used partner, Billy Dee Williams are reassigned to help track down an international terrorist in New York city.
The terrorist is none other that Rutger Hauer in his first American movie, and he completely steals the film with his smooth and dangerous pre-Hans Gruber demeanor. Watching him gently run his fingers through an infant’s hair while staring into the eye’s of the terrified mother is jaw dropping.
As for the…
1981 In Review - April
Fresh from mounting a devastating bomb attack in London, an international terrorist (Rutger Hauer) arrives in New York and remains intent upon wreaking further havoc. His preparation is clinical and thorough but he overlooks one thing - the grit and steely determination of one New York cop (Sylvester Stallone).
This is a seemingly overlooked Stallone movie and one I had fond memories of it. But on this rewatch I can see why it’s not spoke of much. It’s a mess. Is it a buddy cop movie? Is it a terrorist movie? What kind of movie is it?
Nighthawks tells the story of two cops (played by Stallone & Billy Dee Williams) trying to apprehend the…
Or Shitehawks as my dad calls it.
It's become fairly well documented that Universal sliced up Nighthawks something rotten back before its release in 1981. The version that does the rounds now, at around 100 minutes, is apparently shorn of 40 more minutes of footage that is apparently still knocking around in various places but seemingly unlikely to be restored to the film in any future re-releases.
Although Nighthawks does feel in one or two places as though it is slightly rushed and haphazardly edited, and the ending comes very abruptly indeed, no-one is going to be able to convince me that this film ever needed to be two hours and twenty minutes long. That is WAY too long for…
HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY TO NIGHTHAWKS
Everybody everywhere should celebrate April 10 as the fortieth anniversary of Nighthawks' theatrical premiere. Why, you ask? I’ll tell you: it’s a singularly entertaining slice of gritty late 70s/early 80s NYC, a thriller that gives Sylvester Stallone (in between the second and third Rocky installments) an unexpectedly profound chance to shine as a cop who, unlike so many cinematic portrayals of Vietnam veterans, is completely levelheaded and reluctant to kill. Billy Dee Williams is Stallone’s wingman on the force – I wish this was more of a buddy movie, but we never learn that much about Williams’ character by comparison – and man, is it fun to see him this angry and swear-y. But the…
Rutger Hauer's terrorist is, for all his supposed brilliance at changing identities and evading police detection, a complete idiot. Wulfgar my man, you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to connect the dots between you and the dead woman in the apartment full of terror weapons (and a map with the place you just bombed circled!). That kind of thing is sort of a red flag.
Nonetheless, there's great stuff here including some of the best New York City location shooting I've seen from this period (capturing both the beauty and blight of early '80s Big Apple), an AMAZING slow-burn cat-and-mouse scene in a disco (to the sounds of Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar!") and one of the all time great final cop-criminal showdowns. It's so damn good that it actually made me burst into applause. Big thumbs up.
this is a really weird movie stuck between the street-level grime of 70s crime actioners and the bigger, more incoherent 80s ones on the horizon, where character would become more about a strange detail every so often peppering a madlib plot rather than conveying any sort of emotion or psychology. anyway large parts of this make no sense, it feels like entire scenes are missing and every character is weirdly bad at their job, but as a result this is a total blast to watch and it has one of the most insane endings i’ve ever seen.
pretty ruthless despite a low body count, and admirably scuzzy with some lovely, really spare New York location work, but Sly and Billy Dee have to be the two most useless fucking cops on Earth. it's one thing to cause more trouble than you're duty-bound to prevent and entirely another to lose the bad guy and get an innocent bystander killed because you refuse to call for backup, check a corner or cover an exit with a suspect not 15 feet away. i suppose they're not so terrible a match for Rutger Hauer's Wulfgar, this movie's version of a Baader-Meinhof-type left-wing eurotrash extremist. a staggeringly lucky incompetent with no actual apparent agenda who does stuff like shack up with a…
Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams take on Rutger Hauer in "Nighthawks," a hard-edged action game of cops versus terrorists. Awash in early '80s New York grit, Bruce Malmuth's film follows Stalllone and Williams' street-bound detectives in pursuit of a threat bent on major destruction. The pace is swift, the tension is high, and the Stallone-Williams pairing is suitably heroic. With a menacing Hauer tying it all together, the work rates as a potent experience.
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This one was hard to track down, it's a pretty obscure one for the most part. This was Sly Stallone earliest action role as far as I know, but it's alot more realistic and mature in comparison to his subsequent outings like the Rambo trilogy (minus the first) and Cobra. It's similar to French Connection in alot of ways, but I thought it stood out well enough on it's own without having to be compared.
Stallone here is a NYC detective named Deke DaSilva (baring an uncanny resemblance to Al Pacino in Serpico), who along with his partner Matthew Fox (Billy Dee Williams) is assigned to the NYPD's anti-terrorist decision, when…
Billy Dee, Rutger, Stallone in drag, insane music. This really has it all
This is kind of a mess but also extremely watchable with high quality v i b e s - I mean just LOOK at this scene (and listen to those tasty Keith Emerson score bits - his score for this is WILD). There’s a lot of great nighttime NYC photography throughout this, and a couple pretty baller stunts in seemingly crazy locations in NYC too.
Stallone and Billy Dee have a weird, compelling chemistry that deserves a different movie - not necessarily a better one, but it felt a bit at odds with the tone of this. I would like to see their buddy cop comedy, this just ain’t that. Hauer is playing a sort of proto-Hans Gruber and he’s…
A TERRORIST HOLDS NEW YORK IN A GRIP OF FEAR – AND ONLY STALLONE CAN TAKE HIM ON
Siento que el subtexto de la película es que Deek DaSilva es impotente sexual
Not just once, but twice, we get to see Stallone in drag...Joe Spinell is great as always..I love Rutger
A rock solid ride for the last hour.
Ok, any movie that opens with Sly Stallone ripping off an old lady costume Mission Impossible style years before Tom Cruise deserves AT LEAST three stars. Throw in Rutger Hauer making his American debut as a proto-Hans Gruber and Billy Dee Williams with some stylin' hair and I call this a winner. It's the early 80s though, so the bad guys kill more people than the good guys. Don't expect a one liner marathon.
Oh, and Joe Spinell as a good guy.. don’t see that everyday.
A George-Lucas-lookin'-ass Stallone versus a foppish and eventually sweaty and terrifying Rutger Hauer in the gritty grimey streets of 1980 New York.
This is a fun crime thriller with odd politics for the 2021 viewer: Stallone is a cop who doesn't want to kill, Hauer is cast as a left-wing worker's revolution terrorist who primarily kills workers in the course of the film. The 2nd act chase through a construction site and subway is tense and inspired.
Fun performances, goofball soundtrack, and trashy New York. Completely fun time if you like 80s crime thrillers.
A gritty thriller full of 70's vibe. If you are fond of Dirty Harry, The French Connection, and Dog Day Afternoon, you would enjoy it as well (but to a lesser degree). Rutger Hauer could've given us an impressive villainous performance. Too bad his scenes were cut due to Sylvester Stallone's jealousy.
Nice stunt involving Roosevelt Island Tramway.
Fun cop vs terrorist jam that starts with a literal bang, though Stallone doesn't seem thrilled to be taking terrorist 101 classes. I could watch Rutger take a tram full of hostages any day!
Gonna go out on a limb and give a Bill Simmons take: Rutger Hauer was market corrected by Sean Bean. It’s unfortunate because Hauer clearly had the talent. However, I’ll take Bean in a close race.
Sylvester Stallone does his best Al Pacino impersonation (simultaneously channeling Frank Serpico and prefiguring Carlito Brigante), but—*surprisingly*—Stallone is no Pacino, and this film is awkwardly caught in the transition between gritty ‘70s cop thrillers and the big budget action blockbusters soon to come on the scene. Not a bad movie by any stretch. Merely a mediocre genre piece with decent acting and practical effects.
Billy Dee William and Sly Stallone play NYPD cops in a special unit. They have to hunt down Rutger Hauer. Exciting chase thriller.
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