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Nighthawks [VHS]

Sylvester Stallone , Rutger Hauer , Bruce Malmuth , Gary Nelson    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta
  • Directors: Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson
  • Writers: David Shaber, Paul Sylbert
  • Producers: Bill Badalato, Franklin R. Levy, Herb Nanas, Kathryn Stellmack
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Karussell
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RNNG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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New York cops Deke Da Silva (Sylvester Stallone) and Willis Fox (Billy Dee Williams) are on a mission to track down Wulfar (Rutger Hauer), the remorseless terrorist who blew up a department store in London. They follow the murderer's trail back to New York City, where the action really begins to hot up.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STALLONE VS RUTGER...1981 STYLE 4 Nov 2010
Nighthawks (1981) [DVD]
Nighthawks is now a largely forgotten movie from relatively early in Sylvester Stallones career-before he became Rambo and trapped by Rocky's image.

It tells the story of a Terrorist in exile Wulf-Rutger Hauer(post soldier of orange, pre blade runner), and Deke (Stallone)hunting him down in New York.
Although in some respects dated-the disco scene for instance, the movie is a great thriller-Hauer proving again what a great villain he is and Stallone excelling as Deke-driven thru various plot devices to become a great anti-terroist policeman.
Ably supported by Billy Dee Williams(Lando Calrissen), Nigel Davenport, and lindsay wagner.
A bargain and great night in...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly Fox to catch a Wulf? 13 May 2010
"Night Hawks" (1981) is an uncompromising, slam-bang action thriller about a couple of street-wise New York cops called Deke DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) and Matthew Fox (Billy Dee Williams) who are assigned to a special anti-terrorism unit. The main man they are after is a ruthless international terrorist called Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer) who is now believed to be in New York City, after undergoing plastic surgery. That's the first problem that DaSilva and Fox are up against - they don't even know what Wulfgar really looks like now!

There are some terrific action scenes in this movie such as the thrilling chase sequence on the New York subway and a nail-biting sequence when Wulfgar and his female partner-in-crime, Shakka, hi-jack a cable car full of VIPs. The excellent cast also includes Joe Spinell as DaSilva's harrassed boss, Nigel Davenport as an anti-terrorism expert, and the original bionic woman, Lyndsay Wagner, as Mrs. DaSilva.

Sly Stallone is often regarded as a movie star rather than an actor but he puts in a great performance here as a cop who also has to contend with problems in his personal life - his marriage is on the rocks. Billy Dee Williams, best known for playing the suave Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return Of The Jedi", is also rather good as DaSilva's cop partner but some Star Wars fans may be shocked to hear some of his expletive-loaded outburts in this movie though! However, it is Rutger Hauer who steals the show (just like he did in "Blade Runner") with his chilling portrayal of Wulfgar. I must also mention that there is a great music score by rock keyboard wizard, Keith Emerson.

If you like tough, gritty action films then "Night Hawks" is definitely worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellant police thriller! 30 Oct 2011
By Tiny
Sylvester Stallone stars as New York City cop Deke DaSilva and Rutger Hauer stars as his terrorist adversary Wulfgar in this fantastic early 80's police thriller.

If you are a fan of Sylvester Stallone then this film is highly recommended, although some fans might have to take a while to adjust to seeing him with a full beard.

The film features a good number of tense and exciting action sequences, such as: The opening sequence where DaSilva foils a mugging, a shootout in a disco, a chase through a subway tunnel and onto a subway train and the spectacular ending.

The DVD itself is in widescreen and the picture quality has obviously been cleaned up slighlty since the previous release. The only negative thing about this DVD is that it does not feature the original songs used in the disco where DaSilva finds Wulfgar. Aside from that fact, if you want to see Nighthawks in widescreen then this is the DVD to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beef 26 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Stallone at his finest. Maybe not his beefiest but the beard and the aviator sunglasses more than make up for it. Eighties cop drama at its best, it`s got all the ingredients including Rutger Hauer who disappeared as soon as the calender hit 1990 after having been in every film of this sort through the 80`s. Nice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ROCKY vs. THE SOLDIER OF ORANGE! 26 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Or you could say, it's Rambo vs. The Hitcher. Seriously, though, this is a nice little thriller, in which Stallone gives a believable performance as a tough, young NYC cop who is reluctantly brought in to tackle Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer), an international terrorist out to redeem himself after a botched bomb raid in London. Eventually, Sly and his partner Billy Dee Williams lock horns with their quarry, resulting in a deadly cat and mouse game which only one man can survive. This film predates the likes of THE TERMINATOR and DIE HARD by a good few years. Hauer is effectively cast as a ruthless, despicable killing machine who can easily elude the law, but he hasn't reckoned on the Sly one. Best bits are the subway foot chase, the tram hijack and the bloody finale which has obviously been trimmed in UK versions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old school cops vs terrorists 15 Sep 2010
It's strange how seen from a distance some films can assume a whole new aspect that was never intended when they were made. Watching 1981's Nighthawks is like looking at a world and a style of film-making that is probably gone forever. From the last days when cop thrillers were gritty rather than glossy (there are few primary colours) and violence was nasty rather than slick, it's pretty much the last big-studio cop-buddy movie before Shane Black and Joel Silver reinvented the genre with Lethal Weapon. The buddies are Sylvester Stallone, in his first flush of screen stardom, and Billy Dee Williams, New York cops with big hair and terrible wardrobes assigned to track down Rutger Hauer's ruthless celebrity international terrorist out to re-establish his credibility.

Bruce Malmouth's direction is resolutely old-fashioned, although he does occasionally throw in the odd interesting touch (the visual similarities between Stallone's cop and Hauer's terrorist, Stallone's reluctance to become an 'assassin'), but these are never developed and the politics don't pass muster: Hauer is little more than a mercenary for hire, flitting between the IRA - who, rather incredulously, disapprove when he spectacularly blows up Arding and Hobbs department store because of civilian casualties! - and the Arabs. Even at the 95 minute mark it feels the need to add padding, with Lindsay Wagner's glamorous ex thrown in for a couple of brief scenes to reassure us that while he may wear the odd dress in the line of duty, there's nothing unmanly about our Sly, although it's actually Hauer who gets all the best opportunities in his American debut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rudgar hauer films
This is a very good film and we see how that he is not only a very good actor but that he shows that Sylvester Stallone can act and plays a good part as the supporting actor.
Published 5 months ago by tanya m clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Nighthawks
A brilliant film with two great stars, Rutger Hauer and Sylvester Stallone. A good exciting thriller well worth a watch
Published 8 months ago by pegleg
3.0 out of 5 stars drag queens
Stallone's character reminds me alot of Al pacino's Serpico. Same city, same era almost and perhaps same motives as Stallone has to adapt and overcome bad habbits within the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by smc
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Stallone's unsung bests!
I hit a point a few years ago where I was bored with all the films I had because I was looking for something to watch in my spare time; old/new that was something else and I kept... Read more
Published 10 months ago by robert14singh
3.0 out of 5 stars not his finest
At his finest work but has a fan of Stallone I gave i a go. It was so so bu enjoyed don expect much but give it a go
Published 10 months ago by alec
3.0 out of 5 stars NIGHTHAWKS is a well made thriller
NIGHTHAWKS 1982 is a thriller from sylvester stallone , so stalone is on screen doing what he can to take down a suspenfull vilian who is an european terrorist who is internation... Read more
Published 12 months ago by juliedilworth
5.0 out of 5 stars great
been looking for this dvd for ages glad to of founf it love sylvester stallone films great action ull enjoy it
Published 14 months ago by miss susan rodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd trick
Bought my son a painting called ''Nighthawks''...but he loves this film and then produced the painting..he was so pleased..and we all enjoyed the film
Published 15 months ago by Gizmo
3.0 out of 5 stars Nighthawks
A very dated film but still worth watching just for the old fashions.Stallone has made better movies since this one.

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Published 20 months ago by Mrs. G. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Wulfgar, an international terrorist holds the City of New York...
(THE FILM)Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer star in this riveting story of suspense and intrigue that starts in London, continues in Paris and reaches its chilling conclusion on... Read more
Published 22 months ago by S. F. husseiny
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