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5.0 out of 5 stars STALLONE VS RUTGER...1981 STYLE
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...
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by sam lowry

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3.0 out of 5 stars Old school cops vs terrorists
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...
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by Trevor Willsmer


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5.0 out of 5 stars STALLONE VS RUTGER...1981 STYLE, 4 Nov 2010
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sam lowry (gtr manchester uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Nighthawks [DVD] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sly Fox to catch a Wulf?, 13 May 2010
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This review is from: Nighthawks [DVD] (DVD)
"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
This review is from: Nighthawks [DVD] (DVD)
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROCKY vs. THE SOLDIER OF ORANGE!, 26 April 2002
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This review is from: Nighthawks [VHS] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beef, 26 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Nighthawks [VHS] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Old school cops vs terrorists, 15 Sep 2010
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nighthawks [DVD] (DVD)
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.

An efficient enough production-line number, although nothing special by a long shot, at the time a number of imaginative reasons were trotted out for the film's indifferent reception at the box-office - Stallone wore a beard, Stallone wore drag, Stallone wore glasses, Stallone kept his shirt on - but, along with the film's other problems in truth it was probably the subject matter that was to blame. There's never been a particularly financially successful film dealing with terrorism (Black Sunday came closest, but even that was far from the blockbuster everyone expected), largely because until fairly recently American audiences failed to see it as a genuine threat while for European audiences it was too close for comfort as entertainment. Even that element has dated: terrorism has grown bigger and more media conscious - the odd hostage situation is no longer enough, with big 'event' outrages like Oklahoma and the World Trade Centre and the Enniskillen and City of London blasts taking centre stage. It's a sad testament to the last couple of decades that Hauer's on-screen outrages now seem so tame and everyday.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the original disco music?!!!, 20 Oct 2003
This review is from: Nighthawks [DVD] (DVD)
One of my fave films of the early eighties,I Recently decided
to buy the dvd only to find that the two disco songs,One being
Brown sugar by the rolling stones and i don,t know the name of
the other one,But it was good anyway!are missing from the dvd!,
They have been replaced by two not(in my opinion)as good songs!,
It kinda ruined it for me a bit!,As i had watched this film a
fair few times on vhs in its original format!.
Surely someone else has noticed this!!
If watched for the first time on dvd you won,t notice the
difference! But believe me if you watch an old vhs of the film
you will definetly notice the difference!!
This is why i am giving four stars instead of five!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nighthawks, 19 May 2014
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Nighthawks is a classic early 1980s film, it is action packed so if that is your thing you will love this film, 5 stars!!great seller and fast dispatch and delivery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favourite, 11 May 2014
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Saw this when it came out and still don't tire of watching it. A tense police drama involving trying to catch a rouge bomber with some great acting from a combined American and English cast. If you like good cop stories, and this one with a great twist at the end, then this is worth the watch and cheap as second-hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rudgar hauer films, 9 Nov 2013
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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.
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